Community Cat Project


For nearly 3 years, commencing in September 2012 ARRC’s Community Cat Project delivered services in Tauranga and surrounds to address the stray / un-owned cat problem. During that time, we successfully removed more than 1200 cats from Tauranga’s streets improving their welfare, supporting frustrated members of our community and protecting our wildlife as well as leading NZ with a proactive and collaborative approach to this national issue.

Although the project has been successful in many ways, until widespread education and legislation help to improve responsible cat ownership is in place we will be unable to make a sustainable difference to this problem.

In response to our submission, in 2015 the BOP Regional Council granted ARRC and the Rotorua SPCA $55 K per year for 2 years to continue with the delivery of our project. Together we have created the Bay of Plenty Community Cat Project (BOP CCP)  with a twofold purpose: to reduce stray / un-owned cat numbers in our region and to encourage responsible cat ownership through education.

The BOP CCP works with local businesses, vets and the public to provide resources and a community based approach to manage the stray / un-owned cat problem. If stray cats continue to breed without intervention, their population grows at an alarming rate.
Cats are caught, de-sexed and re-homed (if suitable). Where their presence is of benefit to the local community and they do not impact on local wildlife such as industrial areas where these cats are beneficial in the control of pest species, cats are adopted and cared for in their original environment. If cats are diseased and unsuitable for re-homing then they are humanely euthanized.

The long term benefits of this project are:

  1. Prevention of unwanted litters of kittens.
  2. Reduction of the numbers of stray cats.
  3. An avenue for the local community to have constructive input and an opportunity to rescue and rehabilitate cats.
  4. Promotion of responsible pet ownership.
  5. Minimizing the impact of stray cats on local wildlife.
  6. Promoting cat welfare and creating a healthier environment for pet cats.

If you have a stray or colony cat problem, please contact the BOP CCP Team (link coming shortly)

Cats and Wildlife: How You Can Help!

Looking after your cat responsibly, ensuring that they are well cared for and do not threaten wildlife is an important part of helping to preserve our natural heritage.

Here are some tips on how you can help:

  • Ensure that your cat always has access to good quality food.
  • Keep your cat inside at night so that it is less likely to prey on wildlife (and get into fights) and ideally keep it confined to your property.
  • Provide toys and regular playtime so that your cat is well entertained, exercised and less likely to need to hunt.
  • For those cats that do hunt wildlife, a bell may be placed on their collar to help warn native wildlife about the cats’ presence. A brightly coloured collar can also help to warn wildlife. Another option is a special “cat bib” that can help to prevent wildlife being caught.
  • Never abandon unwanted cats. It is unfair to leave them to fend for themselves and it is a threat to our wildlife.
  • Unless you are a responsible cat breeder, always have a new cat desexed.
  • If you would like to have a cat as a pet, rather get it from an animal shelter than a breeder.