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Will you make an ordinary day extraordinary?

07/04/17

Angel's story begins when Tracy, an animal lover just like you, had an ordinary day that turned extraordinary. She found Angel in her backyard, shivering and afraid, with broken teeth and a seriously injured jaw.

But Angel wasn't thinking about herself. This brave, strong, dedicated mama had only one thought. Making sure her babies were safe too.

For seven hours, Angel carried her kittens to safety. Can you imagine how painful it would have been for Angel to carry this weight in her mouth, with such a serious jaw injury?

Tracey knew the safest place for Angel and her babies was the SPCA, so our Inspectors brought the family into the care of our vets.

By generously donating, you give animals like Angel a warm snuggly bed, a scratch behind their ears, and help them live without pain.

Like Angel, Willow's story also begins when an animal lover's ordinary day turned extraordinary. A couple were driving down an isolated country road when they saw Willow.

She was pacing, distressed and circling around a wooden calf pen. Shut inside was a taped up cardboard box with Willows five, tiny, defenseless puppies.

Willow's puppies were just three weeks old. When a litter of animals this young comes into the SPCA it's all hands on deck to ensure they survive.

But the lives of Willow and her puppies were saved because someone like you cared. They could have suffocated, succumbed to the elements, or starved to death. It could have been so much worse.

To save a life it costs thousands of dollars, and every dollar of that comes from animal lovers like you.

Today both Angel and Willow are getting the love and care they deserve. These mamas did an amazing job of saving their babies.

Angel was adopted by Tracy, the kind person who discovered her injured in her garden. Willow found a home with a lovely person who cherishes the unconditional love she so willingly gives.

An extraordinary day doesn't necessarily mean finding and saving an animal. You too, can make an ordinary day extraordinary simply by making a donation to the SPCA.

Will you donate today and make an ordinary day extraordinary?

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Advice for animal owners during severe weather

05/04/2017

Advice on caring for your pet during severe weather:

 If you need to evacuate:

If you have animals contained near water ways that have the potential to flood, move animals to higher ground if it is safe to do so. If you are required to evacuate, take your pets with you.

If you come in contact with an animal that has been in flood waters, ensure you change out of contaminated clothing and wash your hands thoroughly.

Caring for your pet(s) and/or livestock:

Your local veterinarian is on standby to assess your animals. Contact your veterinarian if you have any concerns relating to your animal’s health.

If you need assistance with animal welfare contact your local SPCA for further information.

Stray animals:

If you find an animal that you do not own and it needs immediate medical attention please take small animals to your local veterinarian or contact your local SPCA. For large animals contact MPI on 0800 00 83 33.

Lost and found animals

If you have lost or found a pet, you can advertise at www.petsonthenet.co.nz or read through our tips here.

Additional information for Rural / lifestyle block owners/horse owners:


Flood Water

It is important to get animals off contaminated or inundated pasture so that they can be fed, watered and contained, and to ensure that adequate feed supplies are available until animals can be returned to pasture.

When animals are left in flood waters for an extended period several issues can occur.  Due to contact with contaminated water, skin can be prone to bacterial infections and chemical burns causing skin to sluff off. To reduce to risk of such injuries remove animals out of flood water as soon as it is safe to do so.  Additionally, decontamination of the skin/coat can be achieved by hosing the animal with non-contaminated water.


Other injuries

Animals will run in various directions to escape from raising water.  They will run or swim through fences or other obstacles in their way.  Do a visual assessment of your animals looking for penetrating wounds which may just look like a small hole or tear. Contact your local veterinarian if you have any concerns about injuries to your animals.


Containment and Identification

As fences may have been washed away, stock containment could be an issue along with identifying animals through ear tags (as they may have torn off).  If you find a large animal and are unsure about the ownership please contact MPI 0800 number, animal control or the SPCA for advice. If you need assistance to reinstate fencing for stock containment farmers please contact Rural Support Trust 0800 787 254.


Feed and Water

Pasture and stored feed may be soiled.  You may therefore need to purchase supplemental feed for your stock.   

Do not allow animals to drink flood waters as it can be contaminated with biological waste and chemicals.  If stock water is compromised a contingency plan for stock water access will need to be developed.

 

Your pet survival kit should include:

  • Pet carrier or crate for each animal with your name and mobile number on it
  • Pet collar, lead and/or harness for each dog
  • Muzzle for each dog, even if they are friendly (emergency workers may need to handle your animal)
  • Towels and blankets
  • A spare set of pet identification documents - a collar and tag with your contact details (if your pet is not microchipped)
  • Vaccination, veterinary records and photos of your pet
  • Enough food, treats and bottled water for three days
  • Medication (if needed) for three days
  • Food/water bowls
  • Familiar toys
  • A tin opener
  • Emergency contact list for your local authorities and vet
  • Litter tray and cat litter
  • Plastic bags/doggie bags
  • Newspaper
  • Cleaning solution
  • Container to carry everything
  • A first-aid kit for animals 

 

SPCA Dog Training Survey

03/04/17

Attention all dog owners! patch small


The SPCA and the New Zealand Companion Animal Council are launching a survey for all dog owners in New Zealand to investigate how Kiwi dogs are being trained.


There are currently no published studies on what dog training methods are being commonly used in New Zealand. We want to find out whether dogs are receiving formal training, and what kind of training methods are being used by their owners and trainers.


Please fill out the anonymous survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Dog_Training_in_NZ and share with your friends and family who have dogs at home.

Keeping your dog out of your car during warm weather

01/03/17

While it is still warm, it is incredibly important NOT to leave your dog in your car.

Avoiding the risk of giving your canine heat stress can be as simple as preparation and awareness.

At the height of summer, make sure you're planning trips so you're not going to be in a situation where your dog has to stay in the hot car while you're running an errand.

It can take only 6 minutes for a dog to die in a hot car so don't risk it! Pets can dangerously overheat even when the windows are down or the car is in the shade.

The car can heat up to dangerously high temperatures very quickly, rapidly reaching more than double the outside temperature even on mild days. Please NEVER leave your dog in the car and risk him/her overheating and dying.

If you find a dog in distress from a hot car they should be taken to a vet straight away! Emergency treatment while you are getting to the vet should aim to bring the dog's body temperature down at a steady but not rapid rate. You can spray cool water onto the dog’s body and direct moving air from a fan onto them. Please do not se ice or ice-cold water, as this can cool the dog too rapidly and cause more problems.

The early symptoms of heat stress include panting, drooling and restlessness. As the situation worsens the animal becomes weak and they may stagger and vomit and have diarrhoea or seizures.

The story of Madison the blind puppy

01/03/17

maddison blind pup 10Sarah, an SPCA canine team member wrote a letter about Madison, a small 3 week old puppy who was found in desperate need of our help. Here is her story:

When SPCA Inspector Andre told me he had just rescued nine squirming, wriggling, 3-week-old puppies, my heart broke.  They were too young to be without their mum, but their owner was selling them on a Facebook page

It doesn't bear thinking about what could have happened to these puppies if they'd been carelessly given away. 

All nine puppies were beautiful, but there was something special about little Madison. Even though she was only three weeks old, her bright and lively personality shone through, and I looked forward to seeing her little face each morning. 

It was tough. We spent hours syringe-feeding the puppies. Some days I would just sit on the floor with Madison wrapped up in blankets trying to keep her warm.

Many people don't realise just how vulnerable young animals like Madison are. It can be touch and go, and sometimes I'm not sure if they'll survive.


I spent so many nights worrying about Madison and her brothers and sisters.

Then one day, our vet noticed that Madison walked into her water bowl. After a few more tests, he announced that she was completely blind.

I was shocked. Madison was the most confident and adventurous puppy of the litter.

So I spent hours and hours researching how to raise blind dogs, determined to give this remarkable girl the best life possible.


Madison showed me her incredible resilience. If I put a new water bowl in her playpen, she would touch it all the way around with the tip of her nose to get a sense of the size of it.

The two of us even went on TV together. We showed everyone watching The Cafe just how special she is.

It was unbelievable watching these bundles of joy beat the odds, and grow up to become such loveable dogs. When Madison found her forever home, I cried big, happy tears because I just knew they were the ones we'd been waiting for.

But Madison is just one of the thousands of animals that need the SPCA's help. Some need life-saving surgery and months of rehabilitation, and others may just need vaccinations and a check-up.

People like you mean that other animals like Madison can also have the second chance they are waiting for. Will you help us by making a donation today?

Sarah,
SPCA Canine Team Member

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