“We are really pleased with the way it’s going,” says SPCA country manager Tony Jamieson. “We are right on target and people are buying into the programme. We encourage them to keep it up, because the programme has limited numbers, limited time and limited resources, and when the quota is met, people will have to pay to have their dogs desexed.”
New to the programme is volunteer Aline Roucou from France. At home she is a flight attendant, but has been travelling through South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, working with animals as a volunteer.
“I saw this position advertised on Facebook,” says Aline. “I saw it only five days ago and came right over.” Aline will be here for a month, and in that time expects to see a real dent made in the overall target of desexing 800 dogs.
The campaign was launched in the Cook Islands and is primarily funded by Dogs Trust UK. It is run by the SPCA in conjunction with Care Vets NZ and Te Are Manu.
As well as being completely free, Jamieson says other benefits of the desexing programme include free microchipping, and fewer dog behavioural problems.
Jamieson encourages people to make contact with Te Are Manu, behind the Ministry of Agriculture, or by contacting him with their questions.
The free desexing service is strictly by appointment. Phone Tony Jamieson on 25097.
Dogs should be over four months of age and it is OK for pregnant dogs to undergo the treatment. Nursing dogs should not undergo the operation for about eight weeks after the birth of their pups.
Dogs should not be fed at all on the morning of their treatment. They can be dropped off at the clinic from 8.30am and picked up the same afternoon.
Female dogs will need special care in the week following their opearation and should be kept tied up in the shade with plenty of water, giving them the chance to heal safely.