A clutter of kittens and cats are crowding up Whangarei SPCA while they wait for new homes.
Andrea Honeybun, centre team leader, said this summer's kitten season, which began in November, may last until April or May, due to the very warm weather.
This means their facilities could be stretched even further.
The number of cats and kittens changes daily as more are arriving while others are finding permanent homes or being fostered.
Ms Honeybun said at last count there were 32 kittens and 8 cats looking for homes.
The perfect adoptive family would be anyone who can provide a loving home for them.
"The ideal home would be anywhere they will be loved, fed, given shelter and water. That's all you can want for them."
She said everyone at the SPCA gets to know the animals well.
"You can guess what sort of things they would like," she said.
She explained that some would prefer a quiet home, while others are very social and would interact well with anyone.
All animals are de-sexed, vaccinated, given a vet check, flea and worm control, as well as microchipped.
She said the adoption process can be quick and easy, but that potential owners who are renting must provide permission from landlords or rental agencies that animals are allowed on the property.
The price for adopting kittens has been dropped from $150 to $100, cats are only $50.
** To adopt, call Whangarei SPCA 438-9161