Our History

The Cats Protection League Wellington (now Cats Protection Wellington) was founded in 1982 by Catherine de la Roche. It was one of the first voluntary New Zealand charities devoted solely to the welfare of cats and was based on the CPL in the UK.

The first shelter at the Penthouse In 1983 Carol Kisby succeeded Catherine de la Roche as President and generously donated a space behind her business, the Penthouse Theatre in Brooklyn, for use by CPL. And thus, in 1986, our first shelter was born.
Thanks to a very generous legacy, the League was able to purchase a property at 361 Ohiro Road, Brooklyn. There was a workshop on the property that was converted by the volunteers over a period of 2 years and was finally opened as the new CPL shelter in August 1994. Our shelter in Ohiro Road
Our Shelter With a combination of fundraising and legacies over the years and with the sale of the Ohiro Rd property, CPL was fortunate enough to be able to afford to buy our current home at 29 Vancouver Street in Kingston.
Our purpose built shelter was completed and the cats moved to their new home in January 2007.
Cats Protection Wellington has gone from strength to strength since its establishment in 1982. This has been due to the dedication and commitment of its volunteers, members and donors. There are far too many people whose contribution to CPW has made it what it is today to mention here. We would like to thank each and every one of you for everything you have done for the League. Without you, we wouldn't be where we are today. We look forward to many more decades of helping to find loving homes for cats in need.