Dogs looking for a new home
It’s a long wait for love for these two lonely hearts.
Between them Niles and Daisy have clocked up over a year at the SPCA Animal Village in Mangere.
And their hunt for homes is getting desperate, with life in confinement starting to take its toll on the pups.
Niles, a 10-month-old german shepherd cross, came to the Animal Village as a four-month-old and has now spent more than half of his life in SPCA care.
His brother, who was rescued with him, was quickly adopted but six months down the track, Niles is still waiting for someone to take him home.
And canine attendant Erica Lombard says the pooch is starting to show signs of stress from his lengthy stay.
‘‘Because he’s been here so long he’s starting to do things like chase his tail,’’ she says.
‘‘It’s a stereotypical behaviour that’s quite common in dogs who spend a long time in kennels – it’s one of their coping mechanisms.’’
That sort of stress can lead to severe behavioural problems so it’s important that Niles finds a new home as quickly as possible, SPCA chief executive Christine Kalin says.
‘‘While the dogs receive excellent care here, nothing surpasses being part of a family environment in the comforts of a family’s home.’’
Ms Lombard describes the pup as ‘‘ a really cool dude’’ who loves the outdoors.
‘‘He’s really affectionate, he loves being with people. If he’s with people then he’s happy as Larry.’’
Daisy, a seven-monthold labrador/staffy cross, has been at the Animal Village even longer than Niles. Born a stray under a house, she has been in SPCA care her entire life.
Her seven brothers and sisters have all been adopted but no-one has come for her.
Ms Lombard says Daisy’s a ‘‘big puppy’’ who loves toys and would like nothing more than to play fetch all day.
She’s handling her long wait better than Niles but ‘‘obviously it’s frustrating for them’’, Ms Kalin says.
‘‘They’re in a contained environment more than they would be if they were part of a family. We just don’t have the facilities to provide what a family would provide in terms of space.
‘‘We look at all sorts of solutions – it’s not ideal for us to have a dog here for so long.
‘‘Sometimes staff or volunteers will take dogs home with them and foster them for a period of time but our ideal outcome would be for them to find permanent homes.’’
Looking for love: Daisy has been in SPCA care her entire life.