It’s a quiet morning at Julie’s Animal Refuge, the sun catches a few dust motes in a solitary shaft of light, while a cat lazes in the late winter sun. All the animals have been fed and a quick round of tidying up has already taken place.
Twenty years ago Julie Thompson volunteered for the SPCA and found her passion: hands on care for animals. From there she set up independently and created a purpose built shelter on Carran Road in order to focus on stray animals and finding them forever homes. It grew to a point where they needed to relocate the shelter up to its current location on Kaipara Flats Road.
All of the Refuge’s funding comes from the weekly garage sale, adoption fees and donations. These animals are de-flead, desexed, microchipped and vet checked. All funds are used to help house, feed and care for the animals.
Ross Lynch, of Warkworth Farm and Pet Clinic, predominantly cares for the animals but Julie works closely with all of the local vets to help keep costs down and still get adequate care for all the animals. Julie and her team of committed volunteers rescue more than just cats. Currently, the property also houses ponies and goats. “We don’t turn away animals unless we are full. Sometimes we just physically can’t take anymore” Julie explains. “Our local community is wonderful and very supportive.”
Adoptions of cats and kittens are always welcomed and donations are much appreciated.
354 Kaipara Flats Road, AucklandGarage Sales 9-12pm, Wednesdays