The SPCA is running a half-price adoption campaign from Saturday as it struggles to find homes for the roughly 4000 animals in its care amid the cost of living crisis.
“People are doing it tough at the moment, and it’s certainly having an impact on their ability to commit to having an animal in their home,” the SPCA’s chief executive Todd Westwood said.
The week-long campaign comes as its shelters are overrun by kitten season.
“We’re in the middle of kitten season, so at our peak we’ve had 700-800 kittens coming in a week,” he said.
Last year, the SPCA’s intake was up by 14%.
SPCA Auckland support services manager Laura Millar said they’ve “really been struggling finding forever homes” for their animals in the last six months.
“Unfortunately, that hasn’t stopped the number of pets that are needing our care,” she said.
The Wellington Bird Rehabilitation Trust is experiencing similar capacity issues, with more than 100 rescued ducks in need of a home.
“The right home is preferably somewhere rural, or semi-rural and with a stream or a really large pond, so that these guys can have a natural life and enjoy doing what ducks do which is frolic in the water,” Wellington Bird Rehabilitation Trust founder Craig Shepherd said.
The SPCA also offers fostering for people who aren’t quite ready to commit to a pet full-time.
“We incur all of the costs: the vet fees, the food – all of those kind of things,” Westwood said.
“You can love an animal at your home and help us with our capacity problems.”