Care for pets on holiday
Hopefully if you are going away for the Christmas holidays, you will have already booked a boarding kennel as they fill up really fast at this time of year.
Some people pre-book when they pick up their pet the holiday before. If you haven’t and you intend going away please start looking NOW! There are other options apart from boarding kennels, but again they fill up fast. You may have a family member or friend/neighbour happy towalk/feed/water, but check with them now.Don’t assume they will be home.
You will also need to ensure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and get those done as soon as possible. All boarding kennels require them and there can be a stand down period between having the vaccination to ensure your pets are fully covered.
Please don’t leave this important part of your holiday too late. It is all too common that we receive an animal welfare complaint that people have gone away and left their pets locked inside their house. Generally it is just because they were unable to find someone to care for them and thought it would be okay to go away for a few nights leaving their pets locked insidewith a bowl of food and water.
We have heard many an excuse and none of them acceptable, ‘but it was only for a couple of nights,’ ‘I gave them a big bowl of food. They will only eat half today and will leave the rest for tomorrow,’ ‘It won’t kill them to be on their own for a few days,’ ‘they needed to lose weight anyway’. The excuses never end.
We hear on a regular basis, ‘but I love my pet and would never do anything to harm them. They are part of the family’. Well you would never leave your baby/toddler who relies on you for care locked in your house for days on end with one bowl of food. Please start organising this now as Christmas is just around the corner.
■ Tauranga SPCA, visit 43 Alach St. Phone 578 0245. PO Box 2087 Tauranga. www.taurangaspca.co.nz Facebook www.facebook.com/SPCATauranga
Don’t forget to make provision for your animals when you’re off on holiday.
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