Vets Harriett Garvey and Andrew Nicholson operate on dogs at the desexing clinic in Ngatangiia in September. PHOTO: AL WILLIAMS/22092815
They weren’t sure where the noise was coming from, or what it was. High pitched and loud, yes, but not something they could place. It wasn’t a mechanical noise, something alive was definitely responsible. Dr Michael Baer of Te Are Manu Veterinary Clinic reports.
But the source was hard to find, seeming to come from under
a big pile of sticks and leaves. Investigating the pile wasn’t easy,
bougainvillea thorns and palm fronds, ginger and banana leaves in a big,
tangled mess. But then a rice sack, and the source was found. A bag full of
puppies, newborn, eyes still closed. They must have been dumped. Inside a rice
sack is not a place puppies are born.
Kittens aren’t born wrapped in pawpaw leaves either. But
that is where a litter of five newborns was found. And another litter of
puppies was left at the Social Centre in Nikao. A different litter, this time
six-week-old puppies, was thrown over the fence into the SPCA shelter. All of
this in the last 5 or six weeks.
It is clear these newborns were not wanted. The people who
own the mothers of each of these litters have taken steps to rid themselves of
these puppies and kittens. It is so sad. But there is a far better way, the
animals could have been desexed.
Desexing prevents unwanted births. That is what it does. No
pups or kittens, no need for a midnight run to the SPCA shelter. No need to
fill a rice sack with wriggling, blind newborns. No need to do a drive-by dumping
in Nikao. But there are a lot of other benefits. No life-threatening
infections, no mammary or testicular cancer, fewer car accidents and less
fights. Dogs staying at home, cats not out on the prowl. Less antisocial
behaviour, like aggression and spraying. Happier and healthier dogs and cats.
And happier people.
The Puna desexing clinics run over the last year have
desexed over 350 dogs. Since we have just concluded the second round of the
Puna desexing clinics for dogs. To celebrate we are having a cat desexing
clinic at Paws ‘N’ Claws in Matavera on Thursday October 13. Please come along! Bring your cat, even better
bring your cats. And tell your neighbours, your family and your friends to
bring their cats too.
But these clinics are not the only way to get your animals
desexed. We desex cats and dogs every day at the clinic. It is as easy as
making a phone call, or popping in to see us. We will do everything we can to
fit your dog or cat in as soon as we can. There and then if we can. If you
struggle with transport, there are options. And we want to help. We much prefer
desexing than having to help pups and kittens that are dehydrated and starving
after being dumped.