Encouraging people to save animal lives

Saturday 20 February 2021 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local, National

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Encouraging people to save animal lives
Erin Mitchell (left) volunteers at Te Are Manu when she can with vet tech Sarah Nooroa. Photo: SUPPLIED/21021913

In a bid to promote animal welfare, Te Are Manu (TAM) Vet Clinic will take its work out to the public next week.

Similar to their work in the Pa Enua such as the Vet Treks, clinic manager Debbie Topp says they are holding a public event on Thursday, February 25, in partnership with SPCA to mark World Spay Day.

Topp is encouraging people to come and support the clinic “even if they don’t have a pet needing de-sexing”.

There will be an awesome raffle and kids’ activities and an opportunity for people to actually watch surgery in progress, and ask any questions they may have.

“We would also like the general public to be aware of the plight we have struggling to keep the clinic functioning with no funding and very limited staff,” Topp said.

Te Are Manu president Patricia Barton said the clinic and the SPCA decided to come together and promote World Spay Day for the wellbeing of the island’s animals and the community they live in.

The World Spay Day is an annual campaign that aims to encourage people to save animal lives and prevent unwanted litters by spaying and neutering companion animals and feral cats, says Barton.

“In order to maintain a healthy and well cared for population of dogs and cats we need to control their reproduction.

“Quite often people are not able to get to TAM to have their pet de-sexed due to transport issues, so we decided to take our mobile vet clinic out into the community like we do in the outer islands.”

This is the perfect opportunity for people to make use of the services Te Are Manu provides, says Barton.

“It is also an opportunity to learn more about caring for your pet and being a responsible owner.”

Barton said they are lucky to have two veterinarians on the island to clear some of the backlog of cases on their waiting list.

As for the cost of the de-sexing, the clinic is asking for a donation (cash or kind) to help them replace medical supplies being used on the day and to show appreciation for all the hard work the clinic staff and the SPCA do to care for the island’s animals.

Te Are Manu Vet clinic in Arorangi will be closed for general consults on Thursday but will be available for emergencies.

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