About Us

The Scratching Post is operated by the Stratford Companion Animal Assistance Trust, a small Trust independent of any other organisation.

The Stratford Companion Animal Assistance Trust was registered with the Charities Commission in May 2012 (CC47730).  We needed an operation base and means to fundraise, so The Scratching Post opened in Stratford in August 2012 and became our presence in the Community.

Our two main objectives are caring for young kittens in need and advocating the need and importance of pet desexing.

We concentrate on helping young kittens as they are the most vulnerable due to their age and inexperience. By concentrating on the younger generation we also ensure that they do not contribute to uncontrolled breeding resulting in more homeless cats in our District.

Our operation is 100% worked by volunteers.  We do not receive any government funding and rely solely on the generosity and energy of supporters in order to carry out the work we do. 

The Trustees

Karma Andrews - The idea for the inception and goals of the Trust were sown by my late mother and I am happy to see it come to fruition. My enthusiasm to help make a difference is unreserved. I have past experience in animal welfare groups, together with a National Certificate in Animal Industry Services (Cat & Dog). Chilli, Squid and Slug, our 3 felines THINK they rule our house but I'm pretty sure I gain ranking at dinner time

Nola Hall - My early years were spent in Taranaki, with some time away in the South Island where I qualified as a Vet Nurse and Rural Animal Technician, including time spent dairy farming. I currently work for a local legal firm, and when not spending my spare time advocating animal welfare issues, enjoy the company of my 3 cats, 1 dog and a few not-very-social goldfish.

Karen Peters - Being born and educated in Stratford, I have worked in the province in  Chartered Accountancy for over 25 years. I was the toddler that ran up to dogs tied to parking meters and hugged them. I was also the toddler that wore a harness and lead myself! I have been associated with animal welfare organisations for many years and currently reside with 1 dog, 3 cats and 5 goats.

Chris Andrews - I have a business background and have had pets all my life; Cats, dogs, goats, chooks, budgies & a card playing cockatiel to name a few. I share my home with 3 cats and 1 wife, though I still miss my best mate pictured.