Cat Rescue Christchurch is an independent Charitable Trust that focuses on reducing stray cat overpopulation by using the trap, neuter, return (TNR) method. Stray kittens who are under 8 weeks of age are socialised, desexed and rehomed.

Cat Rescue Christchurch also promotes the desexing of companion and stray cats whom people are feeding, and the early desexing of kittens before being rehomed from any adoption facility.

Cat Rescue Christchurch relies on donations from generous people to fund its work. We do not have a shelter but instead have volunteers who foster and socialise our cats and kittens in their own homes until they are ready for their forever homes.

Over 3000 cats have been desexed or rescued and rehomed by Cat Rescue Christchurch since our organisation was founded in 2006, preventing many thousands more unwanted cats from being born. 


News & Events



Our food and equipment shed, at a volunteer’s home in Addington, has been broken into, in the week before Christmas! The thieves took away with cat food (all our wet kitten food and good quality cat biscuits), toys, cages and scratching posts necessary for fostering and socialising our rescue kittens. Prizes for our fundraising raffle and equipment used for info stalls were also stolen, and donation boxes broken.

It is beyond devastating. We have 50 rescued kittens in our care right now so couldn’t have come at a worse time. However we have been overwhelmed with the level of support from generous people since the burglary. In just a short space of time people have donated thousands of dollars on our Givealittle page. Thank you to everyone who has donated money, food and equipment, we are so grateful. We will be able to replace the stolen items with the generous donations everyone has made. We will also be able to purchase more cages and equipment that we really needed for the huge number of stray kittens we are rescuing. Being a volunteer-run charity it’s always a struggle to raise enough money for our large vet bills and necessary equipment to do what we do. Donations of equipment, food and funds are always gratefully received. *Please note that we are a volunteer charity operating out of volunteer’s homes so we don’t have a physical shelter or address. If you wish to drop off a donation please contact us for the drop-off point nearest you.

A big THANK YOU to our generous donors from the kitties and volunteers at Cat Rescue!

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Help Us Spread The Word!

Download and/or print Cat Rescue Christchurch’s flyer here and share with friends, family, workmates and neighbours!






Cat Rescue Christchurch has downloadable posters for you to help us spread the word about the plight of stray cats. Please download, print and place around town on noticeboards or ask to put them in shop windows.

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Download A4 poster “Stray Cats Need Your Help”

Download A3 poster “Stray Cats Need Your Help”

Download A4 poster “Save The Strays”

Download A3 poster “Save The Strays”