Hob­sonville gets SPCA doggy day­care

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - DANIELLE CLENT

Auck­land’s sec­ond SPCA cen­tre will have a doggy day­care able to take care of up to 56 pups a day.

The So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (SPCA) Auck­land’s chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drea Mid­gen said its sole South Auck­land site could no longer keep up with the vol­ume of in­jured, ne­glected and abused an­i­mals it dealt with daily.

Mid­gen said serv­ing a pop­u­la­tion of 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple, and reach­ing an­i­mals in such a large area was ‘‘prov­ing dif­fi­cult’’.

She said the SCPA had been look­ing for a new site on the other side of the Auck­land Har­bour Bridge and the 674 square me­tre Hob­sonville site ‘‘seems bril­liant’’.

The satel­lite site was lo­cated on Rawiri Place, near Hob­sonville Pri­mary School and the Up­per Har­bour Mo­tor­way. It would not have a hos­pi­tal.

The Auck­land wel­fare group cared for about 15,000 an­i­mals a year. Nine in­spec­tors were out on the road pick­ing up an­i­mals each day, Mid­gen said in a press re­lease.

Mid­gen said the ex­pand was ur­gent.

‘‘We can no longer work ef­fec­tively from one lo­ca­tion,’’ she said.

The Man­gere SPCA fa­cil­ity opened in 1983. Con­struc­tion of the Hob­sonville cen­tre could be­gin in Oc­to­ber of this year.

It would have fa­cil­i­ties to house an­i­mals to be adopted, and pro­vide a base for SPCA in­spec­torate ser­vices in north Auck­land. need to

It would also have a 500sqm doggy day­care fa­cil­ity with in­side and out­side space.

She said fundrais­ing was get­ting ‘‘more and more dif­fi­cult’’ and a day­care fa­cil­ity would help fund the cen­tre.

She said she hoped the day­care would cover op­er­a­tional and leas­ing costs.

It would have up to 56 dogs a day, sep­a­rated by size with ful­ly­trained staff.

Mea­sures would be put in place to min­imise the like­li­hood of ac­ci­dents, such as a death.

Mid­gen said more peo­ple would con­sider adopt­ing a pet from the SPCA if they were more ac­ces­si­ble.

‘‘A sec­ond cen­tre will also give more peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to give an SPCA an­i­mal a for­ever home, or pro­vide a tem­po­rary fos­ter home,’’ Mid­gen said.

An­other $1.5 mil­lion was needed to build the cen­tre, about $4.5m had been raised.

ANNA LOREN/FAIR­FAX NZ

SPCA Auck­land chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drea Mid­gen says the or­gan­i­sa­tion ur­gently needs a new base in Auck­land.

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