The Auckland SPCA is being inundated with cats and kittens and is worried it soon may be unable to care for the animals.
The organisation is pleading for foster homes for more than 400 cats over the holiday season.
SPCA community services manager Rebecca Laird said Christmas was the busiest season with most of the regular foster parents going away and unable to care for the animals.
She said the organisation needed people who would be staying home and could care for an animal for four to six weeks until the SPCA has recovered from its busy period.
“This is critical to how many animals we can save – we can’t help animals if we have no where to put them.”
Veterinarian nurse Adrianne Cossey, who oversees the cats and kittens brought into the SPCA, said that on any day up to 20 animals were brought in, and on a busy day up to 75.
“I’ve got 47 cages which are filled most days, we try and rotate them as quickly as possible.”