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Mouths to feed: Southland SPCA manager Mary Bradley with her granddaughter
Arnia Bradley, 10.
Cat food supply
Help feed kittens
Can you help the Southland SPCA
feed its kittens?
They have 70 kittens to feed but
only 2 weeks of cat food remaining.
If you can help, get in touch
Southland SPCA manager Mary
By LOUISE BERWICK
The SPCA is in desperate need of cat
food as it tries to look after dozens of
Southland SPCA has got only two
weeks of wet cat food left suitable for
kittens but it has 70 young energetic
kittens to feed.
Southland SPCA manager Mary
Bradley understood that lots of
organisations needed donations
from the community but their
situation was dire and they were
overrun with kittens.
''The donations just don't come in
like they used to and I think that is
because of hard times.''
Normally kitten season was over by
now, but this year they seemed to
have dozens, both at the SPCA and in
People had been generous at a
fundraiser last weekend, but only
enough food had been donated for
the next couple of weeks.
The centre went through about 20
tins of wet cat food a day and more
donations would be a huge help, she
''We need as much as we can get.''
More asking for help
Families in need
What: Invercargill Salvation Army Food Bank
Food donations required are: Rice, pasta, weet-bix and
Take them to: 110 Leven St, Invercargill.
By BRITT PICKETT
A 50 per cent increase
for services, including
food, does not appear to
be a major concern for
Brenda King said the
increase in the past
year indicated the rise
in the cost of living,
which was putting
increasing pressure on
Recent tightening in the
welfare system had cau-
sed many Invercargill
families to seek help.
''I've gotten a lot of
people who, for one
reason or another,
haven't received welfare for a week,''
Mrs King said.
''People can't afford to go without
money for a week.''
The Salvation Army provided more
than just food parcels, with assist-
ance also coming in the way of
clothing, furniture and occasionally
Assistance was given out 103 times
to city residents in 2012 but this year
it had already provided help 154
Seventy food parcels went out to
families in June and the first few
days of July, compared to 85 being
handed out for all of June and July
last year. Food parcel contents
varied, but usually contained
enough to feed a family for a week.
Even with the increased demand in
overall donated goods, most food
bank stocks were holding up
through winter, although they ran
out of tea last week.
Donations had slowed down over the
past month and more items would
soon be needed, Mrs King said.
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