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Rusty has been rescued

rustySeveral animal-lovers alerted us to a friendly, skeletal, ginger cat hanging around a landfill tip. The photos of him were pitiful and caused us sleepless nights - especially during the recent frosty weather.

We named this sad little waif Rusty and spent three long days scouring the dump and surrounding area for him - without success. The landfill workers told us that countless cats were abandoned there by uncaring people and that many are run over by the huge trucks. The management kindly opened the dump for us to continue our search after hours.

We then received a phone call from Colin, one of the locals we had left our number with... and the cat he described sounded like our boy. We raced there with hopeful hearts and were well rewarded for our efforts. (Colin is pictured with his lovely horse).

Once home, we gave sweet Rusty three small meals an hour apart, treated him for fleas and worms and, after giving us endless smooches and conversation, he snuggled into his cosy bed for the night... with a heat-pump ensuring his added warmth.

If no-one is missing this boy from Dairy Flat in Auckland, Rusty will be looking for a home when he has gained weight and had a comprehensive health check.

Please contact us to register your interest... and please make a donation towards Rusty's care if you are able. His full vet check alone will be $189.00. Dentistry, thyroid tests, medications, micro-chip insertion & registration, etc are all at additional cost.

Methods of donating:

Note: Many thanks to Gaby Bailey for raising the alarm about Rusty and to Laura Rust for offering to help with the search. (We named Rusty after Laura).

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Please help Bob to stay with his Dad

UPDATE: Bob and Greg are currently still together with Animal Re-homing providing Bob's food, etc. If you would also like to help this loving pair by contributing to the cost of their rent, please reference your donation "For Bob and Greg". Payment methods at


Due to financial hardship, Bob’s caregiver can no longer keep him. Greg adores this abandoned cat who came out of the bush and gradually worked his way into his heart and home about seven years ago. In Greg’s words, “It is only through my present situation that I am looking to place Bob in a loving, safe environment. He is a special boy and hopefully will bring as much joy to you as he has to me…”

Bob is initially suspicious of strangers, so he will need someone who will patiently wait for him to trust them. Once trust is established, this handsome boy is very affectionate and playful. He rolls onto his back and enjoys gentle interaction on the floor or sitting alongside Greg on the couch. With his loud purr and companionable presence, Bob will make someone a special friend. It would be ideal if he lived in a low-traffic area with bush nearby and someone at home most of the time. A child and dog-free home is sought where finances for vet care in his sunset years will be available.

We are looking for a quiet, loving home where Bob can have indoor and outdoor access through a cat door in a one or two person household. It would be lovely if Bob can again be the only cherished pet.

Bob’s age is unknown. He is in good health and is neutered, micro-chipped, wormed and flea treated.

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A handsome Tomcat had been living rough, stealing food from bench-tops and other cats’ bowls and spraying his urine in neighbourhood puffin-fat-cheeks porches. After putting up with this for over a year, squirting him with a hose, yelling at him and throwing objects at him; one family lost patience, trapped him and his fate was sealed. Described as a nameless wild cat, he was dropped off to a vet clinic for a lethal injection.

Monique, an Animal Re-homing supporter, heard about this and asked the clinic to contact us. At our request, he was named Puffin (due to his fat cheeks) and, instead of killing him, the vet neutered, micro-chipped, flea and wormed him and gave him a dental treatment. Then Puffin came to our shelter to be tamed.

When we put him in a big recovery crate in the middle of our lounge, we expected a long and intensive taming schedule to follow. However, this boy with the thin, wiry body, scratched-up face and earnest eyes was soon looking for love. And more love. And much, much more love.

Puffin is a very busy, interactive and cheeky boy who needs caregivers who will find his constant craving for cuddles endearing – rather than annoying. They will think it ever-so-cute when he kneads with his paws and wetly suckles their bare skin while ecstatically laying in their laps and arms. They will accept that he wants to be part of whatever they are doing – be it chopping vegetables on the bench-top, 008 eating at the table, going to the loo or sweeping the floor. They will have to put him somewhere else when they eat their own meals. And they will need to hide all food behind closed doors or it will be eaten in a flash. Puffin may never overcome his fear of going hungry again, and it’s likely he will always gulp his meals down and look for more.

This jealous boy loves to be the centre of attention. He will fearlessly attack dogs, so cannot live with them…and he will want to monopolise you – so it’s better he doesn’t live with cats or children either. When he is unexpectedly picked up, he lets out a tiny squeak of surprise before relaxing into cuddle mode. This is one of his unique idiosyncrasies.

If you think you are the one for this loving, quirky, sweet and sometimes timid boy, please apply for his adoption. We are running out of volunteers to give him all the attention he needs and deserves…after his past life of neglect and loneliness.

NOTE: Please be kind to homeless cats in your neighbourhood. Try to find their original caregivers. Put out food and water for them, have them neutered and micro-chipped, provide shelter and bedding and, if their caregiver can’t be found, adopt or feed them for the rest of their lives. Tell your neighbours there is a community cat in the neighbourhood so that everyone protects him.

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