Young volunteers give some love to the abandoned dogs at the Cook Islands Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CISPCA) Shelter at Vaimaanga. Picture: PAULINE DEAN/22110702
Lonely, unwanted, abandoned puppies and dogs are desperately in need of owners and new homes.
The Cook Islands Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals (CISPCA) Shelter at Vaimaanga is currently at full capacity, with no
room to provide shelter for more dogs.
At present the SPCA has 22 adult dogs and eighty
puppies housed at the Shelter. Nine dogs are staying at the Shelter manager
David Pokia’s residence and 19 dogs/pups are at the welfare officer Mata Nooroa
Junior’s home, with a few fostered out by loving families.
Pauline Dean, the secretary for CISPCA, said: “Our
shelter is overcrowded, and this means we have dogs urgently in need of
permanent homes to avoid serious issues of disease and compromising the overall
wellbeing of all the residents at the shelter.”
“We need your help.”
The current situation is overwhelming for the
volunteers to witness on a daily basis, says Dean, adding the volunteers take
turns on shifts to feed and walk the dogs and also clean the shelter.
“What is also disheartening is that puppies are dumped
with our welfare officer who is currently using his residence to house these
One of the challenges CISPCA has is the lack of public
awareness to the community on how to handle their pets to prevent
overpopulation, and the valuable services the Shelter provides for abandoned
dogs and placing them in good homes.
Dean said: “Te Are Manu provides free de-sexing
services around the island to help manage the overpopulation challenges,
especially with our dogs, and people should use these services.”
She is encouraging the community to adopt a dog from
“Trust me you will fall in love with our Furbabies.”
There are other ways to support CISPCA if you cannot
adopt a dog – Make a donation at the SPCA Op Shop at the Punanga Nui market or
collection boxes at the local shops, donate pet food at the CITC stores, purchase
pre-loved items at the SPCA Op Shop, like and share their posts on Facebook and
get involved in fundraising projects.
If you have time to spare you can volunteer at the Op
Shop at the Punanga Nui Market, the Shelter in Vaimaanga situated along the
road to the Papua Vai Marere waterfall or Saturday’s Puppy Adoption morning at
the Punanga Nui Market.
For those who would like to meet and greet the Shelter
dogs, contact David on 54858 for an appointment.
Established in 1997, the Cook Islands SPCA looks after
stray, abused and homeless animals in Rarotonga, dedicated to improving animal
welfare and educating people on best practice animal care.