Tasman Leader : October 24th 2013
28 THE TASMAN LEADER, OCTOBER 24, 2013 MOTUEKA Cats and Dogs We have lots of beautiful cats and kittens available for adoption. Check out our website for more details or call Sue Krammer on 03 528 8467. Two adorable puppies called “Chilli” and “Cupcake” were re-homed to loving families this month through the Motueka SPCA Dog Foster Program. Program co-ordinator, Sue Walsh, is appealing for more foster families. Can you help? Call 03 528 6939. Cupcake Day 2013 The SPCA would like to thank all our volunteers for their mammoth efforts on cupcake day. A huge thank you to Katie Clark for all the wonderful cupcakes she baked (see photo), the team at Up the Garden Path, Lizzard, Mary-Anne at New World and everyone else who took part. Is it “just a sheep? In my line of work I often hear clients comment that it is “too expensive to get the vet” or “it’s only a sheep” meaning a sheep somehow is not worth the money. Anyone who knows me well will know that I happen to like sheep! A comment like the latter, or the apparent thought that sheep don’t warrant the same care as a pet dog, cat or horse, makes me a little antsy! The current Code of Welfare regarding recommendations of keeping sheep (and these are repeated for most species of animal) states: “...Every person in charge of animals has a statutory duty to ensure that the physical, health and behavioural needs of all livestock are met in a manner that is in accordance with proper and sufficient food and water, adequate shelter, opportunity to display normal behaviour, physical handling which minimises unnecessary pain or distress and protection from, and rapid diagnosis of any signifi cant injury or disease...” Many important treatments are overlooked due to “cost.” I would like to point out that if we choose to keep an animal (ANY animal) in confinement of any sort be it a dog in a run or a sheep, cow, goat or horse in a paddock – we undertake by law to provide the animal with everything needed to keep the animal in good health and free from suffering and disease. To have an animal is not a right, it is a choice you make. Whether it’s a pet lamb for the kids or a sheep farm for profit you have made a choice. Before you take any animal into your care you need to know the answer to the following questions: Will I have enough spare time to care for this animal? How much it will cost to feed and house this animal? How will I afford emergency veterinary care? How long is this animal likely to live for? Once you have worked all this out you then need to make yourself a budget which take all costs into account – feeding, neutering, veterinary bills (including emergency or unexpected treatment) etc. It certainly isn’t the vets fault if your animal becomes ill and you have not prepared yourself to cover the cost of treatment. Only today I had a person say to me “I don’t have any money in my budget for this animal getting sick, I can’t afford it.” So does that poor animal have to suffer? Animals get sick, just like people, but vets aren’t subsidised like doctors are. Yes, they are expensive but so are plumbers and electricians. When the pressure is on an animal health sometimes takes a back seat and doesn’t seem important. Think carefully before you make your choice. For more information have a look at the Ministry for Primary Industries website www.biosecurity.govt.nz - by Annette McFadgen (Chairperson) Will you become a friend of the Motueka SPCA? Be a friend to local animals in need by making an annual friendship donation. All proceeds stay in Motueka to benefit animals in our community. Friendship Donation Name: ________________________ Single Under 16 $15.00 $10.00 $ 5.00 Email:_________________ Address: ___________________________________________ Tel:______________ Family Donation Please return completed forms to 17 lnglis Street, Motueka. Online payment can be made to acc no. 03-1354-0238440. Proudly sponsored by 5708879AA 5387582AA $________ Total enclosed $________ Support the Motueka SPCA www.motuekaspca.org.nz Spring Update What is TNR? Trap, neuter, release....is a well proven and effective method for the management of free roaming cat populations in suburban and semi rural areas. This method utilizes the natural territorial behaviour of cats by promoting a small home population which deters strange cats from moving in. If this home population is desexed then the production of homeless kittens is prevented. TNR works when a local person/group undertakes to feed the desexed and released cats which encourages them to stay in a local area without the need to roam widely for hunting. TNR also means that these cats do not fight over breeding or food. This greatly reduces FIV (cat aids) which is mainly transmitted by biting. TNR creates a safer environment for domestic cats in the area. Only SPCA approved live capture traps should be used. For more information contact 03 526 8282. By Sylvia Arnold. My ‘new’ cat Ziggy! I chose Ziggy from Sue at the SPCA, and he arrived here on 23rd August. He is about a year old and a real character. Full of beans, and keen to explore, chase, and play with everything he finds. He often makes me laugh out loud at his antics which are totally full-on for a spell, followed by a full stop and a deep sleep. This recharges his batteries and he wakes keen for a new game with anything! He is a good hunter and has delivered me two mice so far from under the house. Luckily they were both dead before he brought them to me...perhaps that was luck or perhaps, consideration? Last week, during a wild game on a chair he accidentally slid off the side and into the wastepaper basket. After a rather startled pause, he was quite happy to curl up amongst the scraps of paper and snooze away an hour in a circular bed which was exactly the right size for him. When you choose a cat from the SPCA you do not get a pampered pedigree who is used to a diet of grilled salmon or braised venison. You get a pet that nobody wanted. You also receive a healthy animal that has been de-sexed, vaccinated, wormed and fully checked by the vet. It may have been neglected, discarded or even badly treated. The lucky ones are taken in by Sue. With Sue they get the best of care, food, shelter and often, a new home. If you are thinking of a new cat to share your home with........do get in touch with Sue. I’m sure she will have just the right one for you! from a happy adopter if you would like to adopt please phone Sue Krammer 03 528 8467 MARKET STALL The Motueka SPCA market stall got off to a flying start on Sunday 6 October raising nearly $200 for local animals. Thanks everyone for your support! Come along and check out our stall at the Motueka Sunday Market every Sunday from 8am to 1pm. We sell a variety of household items, LPs, DVDs, preloved clothes and lots more treasures! The items sold on the stall have been donated to us by the public and all proceeds go directly to help care for homeless animals in Motueka. WE NEED YOUR HELP!! Can you donate any goods to sell on the stall? Call Allan on 03 528 9033 or just drop off at the stall on Sunday! Could you spare a few hours on a Sunday once a month to help out on the stall? Please call Pam on 03 526 7177.
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