SPCA New Zealand

Mel

Female Domestic Short Hair

Approx. 1 year, 3 months old

Adopt me from Ashburton

Animal ID: #603168

A little bit about me

Introducing Melanie, or Mel as we affectionately call her, a charming cat who has shown us the true meaning of resilience and trust. Mel arrived at SPCA with a litter of kittens, all of whom have found their new families. Now, it's Mel's turn to find a loving home where she can continue to blossom

What's special about me

When Mel first came to us, she was quite terrified of human interaction, reacting with hisses born out of fear. It was clear that her previous experiences with people hadn't been kind. However, through the patience and dedication of our staff, Mel has undergone a remarkable transformation. She has discovered the joy of affection and now seeks out pats, happily smooching against our hands as a sign of her trust and love for human companionship.

Mel enjoys the simple pleasures of life, such as good food and playing with toys - she is very playful showing the lack of carefree kitten time she had before becoming a mom and raising her babies whilst having nowhere to call home. Mel will puff up her tail during enjoyable pats - a sign of her quirky nature. She engages in deep eye contact, a rare trait that makes you feel as if she's peering into your soul. Though she is still a bit head shy, preferring gentle strokes behind her ears and along the sides of her body, every day she grows more confident and comfortable.

We believe Mel would thrive in a quiet and patient home, where she can continue to build her confidence at her own pace. Her ideal family would understand her sensitive nature and provide her with the sanctuary she needs to truly flourish, free from her past fears.

Mel is ready to be someone's loving companion, offering her heart and soul to those who cherish her. If you feel you can provide the perfect home for Mel, or if you would like to learn more about this special girl, please don't hesitate to give us a call or apply online. Let's help Mel find the loving forever home she deserves. Join us in making a difference in this sweet cat's life.

Are you ready to adopt?

1. Can you care for a companion animal for their whole life?

  • The average lifespan of dogs and cats is around 12 years but some dogs and cats can live 20 years or more!
  • If you want to adopt a pet for your children, consider that children can tire quickly of the routine of caring for the animal. Parents often quickly become the animal’s primary caregiver and need to be OK with that. Therefore, adding a new animal to your family must be a family decision and a family-wide responsibility.
  • If you are planning to move to another country or travel in the future, it might not be the right time to adopt an animal. However, it is possible to move country with your animal, and also to manage travel so that your animal is well cared for when you are away. Moving country and travel are situations that can be managed, but this can be expensive and needs careful consideration and planning.

2. Can you afford to care for the pet you are considering adopting?

All animals available for adoption from SPCA have been health checked, and most are desexed, vaccinated and microchipped (for details see each adoption listing, as the exact details can vary by species); all of these are included in the adoption fee. However, there are also ongoing costs associated with having a companion animal that you need to consider.

These may include the following:

  • Quality food and treats
  • Worm and flea treatments
  • Items such as leashes, toys, collars, housing, bedding, kennel, crates, enclosures
  • Annual health check and vaccinations
  • Veterinary visits and treatments due to illness or accidents, and preventative care
  • Fees for boarding or home care for your animal if you need to go away
  • Doggy Day care fees if you have to be away from your dog for long periods
  • Training classes for puppies and dogs
  • Annual registration fees for dogs (this is a legal requirement)
  • Grooming expenses
  • The cost of things that your animal might damage or that might suffer wear and tear, such as shoes, TV remote controls, books, couches, carpets, etc.

To help you get an idea of the cost of keeping a companion animal, Companion Animals NZ has published data showing that companion animal owners spend on average the following amounts per year:

  • $670 on their cat
  • $1200 on their dog (larger dogs can be more expensive)
  • $785 on their horse
  • $310 on their rabbit

However, depending on an animal’s individual needs these costs could be significantly higher.

3. Are you able to care for the pet you are considering adopting?

  • It is your responsibility to know how to properly care for your animals; the Animal Welfare Act 1999 states that “the owner of an animal, and every person in charge of an animal, must ensure that the physical, health, and behavioural needs of the animal are met in a manner that is in accordance with both good practice and scientific knowledge.”
  • We can give advice on how to care for companion animals and help with any questions you might have. Your veterinarian is another source of credible and helpful information about caring for animals.
  • Doing your research before you decide to adopt an animal will help you to make a good and informed choice about whether you can care for an animal and what animal would be most suitable for your situation.
  • It is important that you are able to set aside adequate time to feed, exercise, groom, and interact with/play with your companion animal for their entire lifetime.

4. Is your home suitable for the animal you are considering adopting?

  • The size of your home and garden and the location of your home are significant factors that determine how suitable your home is for a particular animal. For example, dogs need a safe, fenced section, shelter, shade and enough space outside in which to exercise, explore and play. If you are thinking of adopting a cat and letting the cat outside, then you need to consider that cats can get injured on roads or affect local wildlife. Rabbits and guinea pigs need space inside, or a fenced area outside, in which to exercise, explore, and play.
  • Some landlords do not allow their tenants to have animals. This means that having a companion animal can affect how easy it is to find a rental property and is something that you should consider if you are renting.
  • If you already have companion animals, it is very important that you consider them, and how they will adapt to a new arrival, when thinking of adding another animal to your family.

5. Will a pet fit into your lifestyle?

  • Long working hours, a busy social life and regular trips away are all factors that will influence whether your lifestyle is suitable to share with a companion animal, and also what kind of animal might be best suited to you. It is important to consider these factors before deciding to adopt.
  • All companion animals need human company and if you don’t spend enough time with them this can make them unhappy and seriously affect their quality of life.
  • You should not adopt a companion animal unless you are:
    • home often enough to keep your animal company (or have someone else at home to keep the animal company)
    • prepared to walk your dog every day (if you are thinking of adopting a dog)
    • able to give your animal the basic training they need
    • able to arrange suitable care for your animal when you are away

If you have carefully thought through all of the questions above and your answer to all of the questions is ‘YES’, then you are ready to adopt!

If you said ‘no’ to any of the questions above or are unsure, please consider what you would need to do to ensure you are well prepared to become a responsible companion animal owner.

Visit our Advice and Welfare section for more detailed information about caring for specific animals .

Contact your local SPCA centre if you have any queries regarding animal ownership.

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