Don’t for­get the an­i­mals over Christ­mas and sum­mer break

Matamata Chronicle - - Happy New Year - By ABBY BROWN

Do­na­tions of any­thing from cloth­ing to fur­ni­ture or bric-abrac to the Mata­mata SPCA shop will ben­e­fit an­i­mals in the Hamil­ton SPCA, the shop man­ager Chris­tine Ster­rett says.

‘‘We are al­ways pleased to get do­na­tions so we can help the an­i­mals,’’ she said.

She also had ad­vice for pet own­ers over the tra­di­tion­ally hot Christ­mas pe­riod.

She ad­vised peo­ple who might be trav­el­ling to not leave pets in hot cars with the win­dows up.

And if pet own­ers are leav- ing an­i­mals at home while they hol­i­day they should ask a neigh­bour or friend to check on and feed and wa­ter the an­i­mal every­day.

She also said any new pet should be for the pet’s lifetime, not just for Christ­mas.

If a po­ten­tial pet owner has doubts that they or their chil- dren could com­mit to look­ing after a cute kit­ten once it has be­come a cat or any other an­i­mal long term, then they shouldn’t buy one, she said.

The Mata­mata SPCA shop has an­i­mals up for adop­tion from the Hamil­ton SPCA at the shop ev­ery Satur­day.

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