SPCA hoping Santa Paws comes a-calling
@devlincolle If you are feeling generous with your Christmas shopping this year, keep the SPCA in mind.
The shelter is expecting litters of kittens to be born during the Christmas period that will require wet kitten food.
However, donations for the new shelter would be a welcome Christmas present, as would volunteers.
SPCA manager Mary Bradley said it made a nice change for the shelter not to have a desperate list of requirements.
There would be fewer animals in the shelter this Christmas compared to other years.
"I think people are being more responsible and I believe that our de-sexing programme has started to show results," she said.
SPCA staff actively discouraged people from buying animals, especially dogs, as Christmas gifts unless the recipient actually wanted one.
"And if that is the case, the people who want the pet should pick it out," Ms Bradley said.
Christmas was also a good time to remind pet owners to be responsible during the summer months. This included not leaving pets in hot cars and making sure they were looked after if owners were away on holiday.
She advised pet owners intending to put their pooch in a boarding kennel to be aware that most were fully booked.
Yesterday, New Zealand Aluminium Smelters made a donation of food to the shelter, which Ms Bradley said she was grateful for.
"Without donations like this from Southlanders the shelter could not survive."
NZ Aluminium Smelters general manager Gretta Stephens said this was the sixth year smelter workers had collected food for the SPCA at Christmas.
She said many of the smelter staff, including herself, had given homes to animals from the SPCA.
The Southland Times