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Keep your best mate safe this summer

dogshotcars buttonFriday, 7 December, 2012

Summer is here, and so is the sunshine! That means trips to the beach, long warm evenings and whole dinners cooked on the BBQ – but it also means we need to remind ourselves that dogs DO NOT belong in hot cars.

On a hot day, the temperature inside your car can reach 39°C in 10 minutes. Even in the shade with the windows down, the temperature can rise to a deadly 49°C in 30 minutes. Your dog’s natural cooling process is ineffective in these conditions.

Dogs overheat much more quickly than humans as they cannot sweat like we can, but instead they pant to dissipate heat and cool their body temperature. This is near impossible to do when the air in their immediate environment is thick and hot, as it is in a hot car. Your dog’s normal body temperature is about 38.5°C. Their body can withstand a higher temperature for only a short amount of time before irreversible damage is done.

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Your dog may be dying from the heat

Wednesday, 12 January, 2011

Summer means jandal weather, holiday weather, barbeque weather, beach weather and park weather. Unfortunately, summer also means hot dog weather for the SPCA.

Every year, too many dogs suffer needlessly in hot cars while their owners stop in at the shops. On a hot day the inside of a car heats up very quickly, a potentially life-threatening situation for any dog inside. Even with the windows slightly open, a car parked in the shade on a 30°C day will heat up to 39°C in 10 minutes. In 30 minutes, the temperature will hit 49°C, and on hotter days it will go even higher.

Locked in a hot car, a dog can only withstand temperatures of over 40°C for a very short amount of time before suffering irreparable brain damage – or even death. A dog cannot sweat like humans can, and is only able to cool itself down by panting. Dogs also need access to plenty of water and cool, fresh air in order to fully moderate their body temperature.

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Get your pet desexed now

Thursday, 24 May, 2007

NewbornKittenIf you think you have a reason for letting your pet breed, the SPCA says it's time to reconsider.

Dogs and cats are breeding at a greater rate than ever – faster than good homes can be found. They become unwanted, are given away, stray, or are callously dumped. They suffer out of sight of their owners.

The lucky ones end up in animal shelters where they are placed in new homes.

Keeping a pet is a lifetime commitment and the one-time expense of desexing will bring many advantages to both animal and owner.


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To have a pet . . . or not?

Thursday, 24 May, 2007

cat_kiss_rgbRescuing an animal in need and giving them a home for life is a rewarding experience. You'll receive a lifetime of unconditional love from your new companion.

But whether you've grown up with a variety of pets, or you're thinking about getting a pet for the first time, there are some things you will need to consider.

Animals make extra work, cost money and are an ongoing responsibility for 365 days a year.

If you’re thinking about getting a pet, pay a visit to your local SPCA and meet some of the animals needing loving homes.


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Higher egg prices better than battery cages

Monday, 20 May, 2002

Nearly eight out of ten New Zealanders would be willing to pay more for their eggs, if battery cages for hens were banned, says a survey commissioned by the SPCA.

Participants in a Colmar Brunton survey of 500 adults were told that the average retail price of a battery egg was 30 cents, while barn and free range eggs cost around 40 or 50 cents each.

The participants were then asked whether they would be prepared to pay this higher price for barn or free range eggs, if this meant that hens no longer had to live in battery cages. Seventy-nine per cent said they would be prepared to pay the higher prices. Fifteen per cent said they would not be prepared to pay extra and six per cent said they were unsure.

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