An­i­mal care taken on

The Chained Dog Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion & Re­hom­ing NZ, a Waikato based an­i­mal res­cue op­er­a­tion, has taken over the Tau­ranga An­i­mal Res­cue

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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.givealit­ chained­do­gre­habnz or bank ac­count Chained Dog Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion & Re­hom­ing 03 1556 0180187 00 We will have a stall at the up­com­ing pet expo in June.

PHOTO/Tara Suther­land

Amanada Fraser-jones heads up the The Chained Dog Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion & Re­hom­ing NZ.

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