SPCA overloaded with dogs, puppies
The SPCA is appealing to Cantabrians to adopt a dog or puppy this winter as its animal centre fills up with canines.
SPCA Canterbury marketing manager Raina Roberts said winter was traditionally difficult for adoptions of man's best friend.
"Many people choose to wait until after the wet and cold weather has ceased before making the commitment to take on a new pet,'' she said.
"It is essential that we find homes for these animals as quickly as possible so we can continue to help the many more urgent welfare cases that continue to come through daily.''
The overload in canines had resulted in a desperate need for more bedding to help keep the animals warm.
"With the school holidays approaching, now is the perfect time to visit our centre to donate your old towels, sheets and blankets, meet our animals and perhaps welcome a new loving and loyal companion to your family," Roberts said.
SPCA Canterbury is launching a long-term appeal called Project 2nd Chance.
The aim of the appeal is to help raise funds to build a dog quarantine unit that will replace the outdated and rundown facility.
Animal care manager Annabel Murphy said staff were "extremely excited" as the proposed building would provide a "more spacious, hygienic, safe and enriching environment for dogs and puppies in need".
Each year, SPCA Canterbury cares for more than 200 sick, injured, abandoned or abused dogs and puppies.
On arrival, the animals are placed in the quarantine unit where they are assessed, treated and rehabilitated in preparation for adoption.
"Our team works hard to provide the best possible care for these animals, but unfortunately our current building is in poor condition and no longer meets the needs of our animals or staff," Murphy said.
* If you would like to make a donation or find out more about the Project 2nd Chance, visit the SPCA Canterbury website. To give an animal a new home, visit the centre in Wilmers Rd, between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Saturday.