Adopting A Cat or Dog
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Plea to the Public of Northland
The SPCA's ROLE in the Community
There seems to be a misconception with the public that the SPCA's primary function is to take in and re-home all and any stray cats and/or dogs.
The SPCA's primary function is to prevent and alleviate cruelty to animals when and where we can.
Unfortunately, unlike some of the big SPCA groups in the USA, Australia, England and parts of New Zealand, here in Northland we have in reality - a very limited income, small facilities and few staff. At present we are currently operating with 1 inspector and they have to cover the whole of the Northland area.
We just do NOT have the facilities or staff to accommodate a fully fledged 'vet hospital' or care facility which would be needed to process and re-home ALL the stray animals in our area. The BOI SPCA has to use local vets and while they offer us generous discounts, we still have to pay for their services and this does add up and sucks up most of our donations in monthly fees.
WHAT DO I DO about stray cats & Dogs found in our Community?
In the BOI we have a duel system and stray dogs in the BOI area are dealt with by the Far North District Council Animal Control, leaving us to deal with injured, sick, abandoned and mistreated dogs.
Stray Cat advice:
SPCA's Microchipping service.
The SPCA can microchip your dog or cat for you and list it on a national internet database called The Companion Animal Register.
Reef the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Below) was stolen but because he was microchipped, Reef was identified and reunited with his original family. Contact us for more details about microchipping.
Lucky Lacey's New Home
Lacey came to us some months ago as a stray. As she was microchipped, we were able to find her owner. Unfortunately, her owner was no longer able to care for her due to her own ill health.
We took Lacey in to Bay of Islands Vets and when she was checked it was discovered she had early skin cancer lesions on her ears. We decided that as she was such a delightful cat to go to the expense of having her ears cropped to halt the spread of the cancer. Also she is at least 7 years old.
After a couple of months in "rehab" (foster care), she was brought back to the centre and put up for adoption. We applied to Animates to see if she would fit in their "special needs" category and were delighted when she was accepted into their Animates Angels programme and on the 14th of August she was sent down to their Silverdale store. The Animates Angels programme puts on a special advertising campaign around the cat , highlighting its disabilities rather than hiding them. There are many many people who want to give loving homes to these kind of animals.
I received an email from Animates on 18th August to say that Lacey had only been in store for 5 mins and was adopted by a young couple. Lacey has certainly had Angels watching over her for the last few months and I am so delighted that she has found a forever home at last.
Bev Holdsworth, Bay of Islands SPCA Cattery Manager.
Puppies and Inmates Bond
Sarah Harris of The Northland news reported on the special bond between puppy and inmates.
Prisoners at Ngawha Corrections Facility don't always find themselves being looked at straight in the eye.
But that is exactly what Beau the dog does when he sees his assigned inmate every day.The inmate cannot be named because of privacy laws.
He is part of a dog fostering programme the SPCA has taken to the prison near Kaikohe.The inmate is solely responsible for Beau's welfare over eight weeks.
Senior corrections officer Maanu Wikaira said the prisoners and dogs form a really strong bond.
"Some of these guys haven't had the best environments growing up," Wikaira said. "Neither have the puppies.
"In that way they share some common ground."
The prison has had seven dogs come through since the programme started in March 2011.It hopes to take more dogs in the future with the ability to house two at one time for a length of eight weeks each. Only low-risk prisoners from the external self-care unit are eligible to care for a dog. Waikara says the purpose of the programme is to encourage normality in prisoners' lives and teach them responsibility.
"We want to reduce reoffending," he said. "We do this by slowly reintegrating them into the community. "That's positive for society, positive for the individual and safer for the community too." "Looking after a dog is like looking after a child - a big, huge responsibility," the inmate said. It's been a huge impact on my life at the moment."He's like a good friend as well as a pet."
Wikaira said the programme has made the prisoners more proactive. "They take the initiative to clean out the kennel and give the dogs fresh bedding."It's really good for them."
Bay of Islands SPCA manager Wendy Locke said every dog that has been through the programme has been adopted. "It's good to have the dogs out here being socialised with the prisoners. "They come back better-behaved," Locke said."They learn their basic commands. "It's great seeing the difference in behaviour when they come back. "They're ready to be adopted."
The prisoners have to care, clean, feed, play and train the dog every day. They teach the dog commands such as sit, stay, down, stop, leave and fetch.
"The dog has a sense of family," Wikaira said. "I don't know if everyone is a dog person but everyone here sure is." The prisoner said he will miss Beau once he goes back to the SPCA.
"If I was out soon I would adopt him."
Our mission is to advance the welfare of all animals in New Zealand by:
SPCA's FREE FOOD desexing scheme.
You can enrol on the SPCA's desexing programme anytime - when you make weekly payments toward your pets desexing operation, you will receive free pet food each week.
Every year, SPCA Centres around the country receive: