Ways You Can Help

There are a variety of ways to support us in our work.  Click the down arrow next to any of these ways to help us, to find out more.

Pebbles - Adopted in 2020
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For fifteen dollars a year you can join Cats Protection League Canterbury as a member of our official supporters.

Membership entitles you to receive a regular member’s only newsletter twice a year and be able to vote at our Annual General Meetings.  Our members not only support our rescue efforts, but they also help shape the future direction of Cats Protection League!

If you’d like to join, please fill in the form here, and submit $15 payment either to our office at 14 Charlesworth Street Woolston, or directly to our bank account:
BNZ Ferrymead 02-0842-0003160-00 (using your first initial and surname as reference.)

Cattery
Volunteers assist with the cleaning of the pens/runs in the mornings and this is normally completed between 9am and 11am.  The volunteers interact with the cats while they are cleaning and can spend some one on one time with them.

We require night feeders on a casual and permanent basis.  This involves feeding the cats their afternoon meal, changing used litter trays and removing the food bowls when the cat has eaten.  The litter trays need to be emptied, washed, dried and refilled and the food bowls washed and dried.  You can also spend time with the cats.  It takes two to three hours on your own or half of that time if there are two working together and the start time is usually around 3pm.

We have positions available most days.  This can change as volunteers get jobs etc so please call us on (03) 3840006 during the week or email [email protected] to see if there is a position for the day you can volunteer.

Shop
Volunteers complete a three hour shift serving customers in our opportunity shop. The shop is open from 10am to 4pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – and the shifts are either 10am to 1pm or 1pm to 4pm.  The work involves dealing with the public, handling money, manual recording of sales and keeping the various areas tidy.  We have permanent and fill-in shifts available, if interested please phone the shop on 03-3899068 or email [email protected]

Office 
The office is open from 10am to 4pm weekdays and either a three hour shift or a six hour shift is completed.  The calls are from people requiring advice and assistance so a good knowledge of cats and being able to deal with the public professionally is required.  The inquiries will either be by telephone or face to face.  Please phone (03) 376 6094 to inquire about volunteering at our Office.

Fosterers look after cats and kittens in their home, with food, litter and other equipment provided by CPL.  Fostering can be rewarding, but is also hard work.  Small kittens can make big messes (they don’t always know what litter boxes are for) and adult cats may come from difficult backgrounds and require a lot of patience to bring them out of their shells.  If you’d like to become a fosterer  for CPL, please phone the office 03 376 6094 or email [email protected]

Fussy puss?  Do you have any spare cat food or cat accessories that might otherwise go to waste?  We can take those items off your hands and you can help us at the same time!  Donations can be made at our Office and Cattery at 14 Charlesworth Street, Woolston.

Dry cat food We accept all brands and types of dry cat food (kibble, biscuits) but the “vet quality” brands such as Royal Canin – are the most useful to us.  Open bag?  We don’t mind if the bag is open, as long as the food is not stale.

Wet food donations must be unopened however.  We accept all brands and types of wet food.  The most useful wet foods to us are tins of “Chef” and raw foods such as “Jimbo’s Kangaroo”.  During kitten season we use a lot of Fancy Feast “Chunky Chicken”, and “Chef Lamb, or Chef Jellymeat”

Cat accessories such as scratch posts, cat carriers, toys etc.  We accept these in reasonable condition.   If you are not sure if a certain item could be useful to us you can always contact us and see!

Sorry but we cannot accept bed sheets or heavy woolen blankets.  They are too hard for us to launder on a regular basis.  We love any kind of “Polar Fleece” blanket as they dry so quickly.

Our opportunity shop at 475 Worcester street is open between 10 am and 4 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only.  If you have any unwanted household items in good to excellent condition, you can donate them to our shop during their open hours.  Proceeds from our shop are one of our main sources of funds, so pop in and score yourself a real bargain! Their Facebook page is here.

Any donations of money, be they a one off, or a regular payment are very, very much appreciated.  You can donate money to us either via our “Givealittle” page here.

Alternatively you can donate directly to our bank account:
BNZ Ferrymead 02-0842-0003160-00 (using your first initial and surname as reference.)

As we are a charity, donations are tax deductible.  More information on this can be found here.

Leaving part of the proceeds of your will is a powerful way to support the work the Cats Protection League does into the future.  Our most innovative and successful projects, like the Feline Fix and the construction of the new cattery were made possible by the generosity of those who have made bequests to CPL.

A bequest to the League can take on several forms:

  • A gift of a stated sum of money
  • A specific gift of an asset
  • A percentage of your residual estate

If you are preparing your own Will, suggested wording is as follows:

A gift of a stated sum of money

I give to Cats’ Protection League (Canterbury) Incorporated, the sum of $………………, and I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or other authorised officer of the Society shall constitute a full and sufficient discharge to my Trustees

A specific gift of an asset (e.g. shares held in a Company)

I give to Cats’ Protection League (Canterbury) Incorporated, 999 shares in ABC Limited and I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or other authorised officer of the Society shall constitute a full and sufficient discharge to my Trustees.

A percentage of your residual estate

I give ___% of my residual estate to Cats’ Protection League (Canterbury) Incorporated, and I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or other authorised officer of the Society shall constitute a full and sufficient discharge to my Trustees.

A complement or alternative to a bequest in your Will is to have a collection held at your funeral service for the charity of your choice. This request can be included in your Will or your wishes made known to your next of kin.

Please note, this information is intended as a guide only and the laws governing Wills and Contracts are subject to change.

Vanessa - Adopted during 2018