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.
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.