Our shelter is a comfortable, purpose-built house full of sofas, igloos, catwalks and passionate volunteers and staff. There’s a spacious main room, two large decks with catwalks and climbing trees, facilities for new entrants and isolation quarantine rooms, and lots of hidey-holes for privacy.
When new cats come to us, they go through a carefully-managed process of quarantine in the new entrants room, and then a gradual introduction to the rest of the shelter. Staff and volunteers keep a careful eye on all our cats, spending time with them, and ensuring cats are in the best possible physical and mental health.
Our staff have animal care qualifications and are particularly experienced in maintaining the health and wellbeing of cats.
The shelter is cleaned every day, cats are fed two or three times a day according to their needs, and medication is provided as directed by our vets.
All our cats are desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, treated for fleas and worms, and are regularly vet-checked. We contact our vets immediately if any health concerns emerge.
The CPW shelter is open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays between 12pm and 4pm. You will need to make an appointment to visit between 12pm and 3pm, but after 3pm you can come and spend some time with the cats.
If you wish to surrender a cat, please ring the shelter to discuss a time to visit.
All cats are homed from the CPW shelter. CPW does not have any association with pet shops for rehoming cats. CPW cares for cats which are more than 9 months old. If you wish to surrender or adopt kittens, there are other rescue organisations in Wellington who handle kittens.
The CPW shelter in Kingston, Wellington, cares for up to 40 cats at a time until they can be adopted or fostered to suitable new homes.
Our purpose is to:
- Take in displaced or unwanted cats and rehome them
- Inform people about how to care for cats
- Encourage desexing of all cats not required for breeding.
We are a registered charity, and our constitutional Rules are below.
There are many ways you can support us, such as adopting or fostering a cat, donating, or volunteering at our shelter.