Pets are yours for life
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