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The Chained Dog Rehabilitation & Rehoming NZ, a Waikato based animal rescue operation, has taken over the Tauranga Animal Rescue
when we see them happy it makes every ounce of bad stuff we see worthwhile. * What are the challenges? Money is a big one. There is just never enough. It costs a lot of money to help all of these animals, so we spend a lot of time fundraising to ensure they get all they need. Also, having reliable helpers and foster homes. We can only help as many animals aswe have space, and foster homes, for so having more of thesewould mean we could helpmore. * You’re taking over Tauranga Animal Rescue, how did this come about? I have known Eva for a few years, and we have worked together to help save many animals. When she mentioned she was needing to get out of rescue to spend more timewith her family, I offered to take over from her, and it all just progressed from there. * Does this mean taking over every aspect of the operation? We will mainly be taking on dogs, however will offer advice and help for any other animals. We have a local vet nurse who will be looking after the cats and we will still have foster homes in Tauranga and our team will manage that. * Is there a big need for animal help in Tauranga? What do you think is the biggest problem? There is a big need for help for animals everywhere. No area is exempt from this need. As with all areas, desexing is amajor. All animals should be desexed to prevent the overpopulation problem we have in NZ. There also needs to be a change in the animal welfare laws to make them tougher for those that commit abuse, and to make more things an offence, such as life chaining your dog. * Underwhat circumstances should the public come to you for help? If anyone needs helpwith their own animals— behavioural, rehoming, etc, or for any other animal related issue. We may not have the answer every time, but we will know the best people to contact to get this help. We have many contacts around the country to help prettymuch any situation. * Anything else? We frequently get people contacting us asking us to pick up their dog/cat straight away because they need it gone. We can’t do that. We rely on foster homes for any animal in care, and these are always full, so if a new dog needs to come into carewe need to look for a new foster home. That doesn’t happen instantly. We are a totally volunteer run rescue, and our team work fulltime so we can’t just jump when people need us too, so we ask for people to be patient and understand this. We will always help asmuch as possible however. Donations— we have a givealittle page ww.givealittle.co.nz/org/ chaineddogrehabnz or bank account Chained Dog Rehabilitation & Rehoming 03 1556 0180187 00 We will have a stall at the upcoming pet expo in June.
Amanada Fraser-jones heads up the The Chained Dog Rehabilitation & Rehoming NZ.