Pets are yours for life

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The num­bers of aban­doned pets and the ideal of ex­pect­ing the Tau­ranga SPCA to re-home your pets for you seems to be a com­mon the­ory, so I thought a re­minder was in or­der.

It’s a re­minder that your pets are for the length of their lives, not un­til it they are no longer con­ve­nient for you.

If your cir­cum­stances change then they are your re­spon­si­bil­ity to find new lov­ing homes for them.

The Tau­ranga SPCA ex­ists purely for the Wel­fare of An­i­mals.

We are re­spon­si­ble for the wel­fare of sick, in­jured and aban­doned an­i­mals.

We are not here to take in peo­ple’s pets just be­cause they don’t want them any­more.

We are not a re-homing ser­vice— if a per­son chooses to take on the re­spon­si­bil­ity of a pet in the first place, they have to ac­cept that a pet is for life.

Of course peo­ple’s sit­u­a­tions change un­ex­pect­edly and they can no longer keep an an­i­mal but they are still ex­pected to make all pos­si­ble at­tempts to re-home their own an­i­mals as the SPCA does not have the fa­cil­i­ties to ac­cept ev­ery an­i­mal pre­sented.

Sick, in­jured and aban­doned an­i­mals take pri­or­ity.

If we have the roomwewill take in owned an­i­mals for re-homing, and the owner of such an an­i­mal­will be re­quired to sign the an­i­mal over to the SPCA, and will be re­quired to pay a sign-over fee which is used to help— not fully cover— the cost to the branch for the food and care the an­i­mal re­quires.

Peo­ple can make at­tempts to re-home their own an­i­mals by post­ing on no­tice boards in vet clin­ics, shop win­dows, shop­ping cen­tres, Face­book, TradeMe, Pets on the Net and ask­ing all their friends and ac­quain­tances to ask around if any­body is look­ing to adopt an an­i­mal. Peo­ple need to plan ahead. Most of­ten they have known of a change in cir­cum­stances in ad­vance and rush around at the last minute try­ing to re-home an an­i­mal and quite of­ten the SPCA is a per­son’s first at­tempt and there is a be­lief that the SPCAwill and/or can take an­i­mals at any time.

More fore­thought, plan­ning and ef­fort will quite of­ten re­sult in the per­son suc­cess­fully find­ing their an­i­mals good homes.

■ Tau­ranga SPCA, visit 43 Alach St. Phone 578 0245. PO Box 2087 Tau­ranga. www.tau­ran­gaspca.co.nz Face­book www.face­book.com/SPCATau­ranga

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