Hol­i­day plans in­clude pet care ar­range­ments

South Waikato SPCA in­spec­tor and shel­ter man­ager Lorna Hutchin­son talks about what to con­sider as the hol­i­day sea­son ap­proaches.

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Christ­mas is only seven weeks away. Have you thought about your an­i­mal/s and what you will do with them if and when you go for a hol­i­day?

Con­sid­er­ing get­ting some­one in to care for them at home? Re­mem­ber to en­sure who­ever you ask is re­li­able. Be­ing hol­i­days, plans can change so dou­ble check be­fore you leave so you do not have me call­ing be­cause your an­i­mal has no wa­ter or has not been fed.

A sim­ple way to pre­vent wa­ter tip­ping is to put the bucket in a tyre, they can’t knock it over.

By now you should have con­tacted your pre­ferred board­ing fa­cil­ity and checked the re­quire­ments, such as vac­ci­na­tions, re­quired for which an­i­mals.

If the fa­cil­ity is fully booked and can­not ac­com­mo­date your an­i­mals your near­est South Waikato SPCA may be able to help. Over the past few years we have looked af­ter dogs, cats, fish, birds for times vary­ing from overnight to sev­eral weeks right up to months in rare cases.

As part of this com­mit­ment (price on ap­pli­ca­tion) to your an­i­mal/s, they are fed and checked to your per­sonal re­quire­ments; let­ter­boxes are also cleared and left in a safe place at your house.

Re­mem­ber – if you are think­ing about get­ting a kit­ten, wait un­til you re­turn from hol­i­day. Kit­tens don’t like be­ing left alone for weeks and will wan­der,and some­times they are bought to us as strays – this means we hold them for seven days, then they are put up for adoption.

As this is gen­er­ally our busiest time of the year space is usu­ally at a pre­mium

Do not feed a stray as that will only en­cour­age it to stay and try to move in. Not al­ways nice for your cats. A pa­per col­lar (avail­able from your South Waikato SPCA at no charge) at­tached to the cat with a mes­sage say­ing it has been vis­it­ing will some­times alert an owner that their cat is caus­ing prob­lems.

If the owner is work­ing they will not nec­es­sar­ily be aware there is a prob­lem.

Please, if your cat or dog goes miss­ing call South Waikato SPCA 886 7722 as we have a book with lost and found an­i­mals listed.

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