At the Kitten Inn we are always in need of people who can help us out with our daily cage cleaning, fundraising events, our high teas and general admin work, or maintenance. If you can help, please register your interest.
The Kitten Inn is a non-profit organisation with no paid staff, and relies on donations to continue rescuing kittens and pregnant cats. All donations are gratefully received and every dollar makes a huge difference.
- Cat and kitten food – Whiskas Kitten pouches, Royal Canin, Iams are preferable
- Litter trays
- “Pussy Do” litter (available from Mitre 10)
- Cat cages
- Cat toys
- Stamps (80 cents) + A6 envelopes
- Items we can sell on TradeMe
We also often need things printed – adoption forms, flyers for our permanent Garage Sale or other occasional documents. If you are able to help with bulk printing please get in touch!
We have some beautifully designed merchandise, so if you would like to purchase a new tote bag, t-shirt or tea towel, please have a look!
We also want to say a special thank you to our friends at Print Ninja for printing everything for us – we highly recommend them for any of your printing needs. Jessie and Andy have done a fabulous job for us!
Volunteer with us
We rely on volunteers each day to clean out cages in our ‘maternity ward’, give the mothers and babies fresh bedding, litter, water and food. It’s very important to give the mothers lots of love & attention if they want it and you can absolutely snuggle the babies that are big enough!
We need foot soldiers! We need people who can help out at our stalls, and markets, BBQ events, and working alongside the team that are organizing much needed funds. Even passing out pamphlets, helping at our kitty parties, or encouraging your friends/family to contribute $1 a week. We would love to hear from you if you can help!
Once kittens are weaned from their mother, they need to be cared for in a foster home until they’ve grown big enough to be desexed. Not only this, but it allows them to be socialised and many of our foster homes have other cats, dogs, children etc. We often get given young kittens that have been separated from their mother. These kittens need extra care and often require a foster home where someone is home all day. Bottle feeding is usually required – but not always.
We also foster out our mother cats who are awaiting to give birth or who have already had a litter. This way, they are not kept in a cage up at the inn and get to stretch their legs.
Things to know before you foster:
- You must be over 18 years old
- You need permission from your landlord if you’re renting and everyone else in the house
- You’ll need to be able to transport the kittens by yourself i.e. own your own car and have a restricted licence at least
- At least 2 hours each day are required to spend time with the kittens (this means working full-time isn’t a problem if you’re able to come home at night and spend quality time with them)
- You won’t be given kittens that require special attention unless you have the experience and time to look after them
- Flexibility is key – if something goes wrong and they need to be taken to a vet, you need to be able to help them straight away
- Your house will almost certainly get messy and you may lose some sleep – but the reward of love and affection from a bundle of kittens outweighs that!
If you can help by volunteering, fostering or fundraising, we’d love to hear from you. If you have a question about volunteer work with us, choose “I have a question” and ask away! One of our team members will get back to you as soon as they can.