Aim of new website to give a dog a home

New adopt-a-dog website

AUDREY MALONE
Last updated 05:00 19/06/2014
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UP FOR ADOPTION: How much is that doggie on the website? Animal control officer Jo Hamilton with a bull mastiff that may have to be put up for adoption.

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Timaru's pound is hoping a picture is worth a thousand words on its new adopt-a-dog website.

Timaru District Council animal control officer Jo Hamilton created the Adopt A Dog website with the IT department a couple of weeks ago, because she felt too many dogs had been put down.

She said they wait until a dog has been impounded for seven days to advertise for rehoming.

Hamilton said on the tenth day of impoundment, if the dog remains unclaimed, it then legally becomes the council's.

So far two or three dogs had been adopted since the website's inception.

"It's going great, though it hasn't been running long enough for us to get a good feel of it yet," she said.

Hamilton said the purpose of the website was to get pictures of the dogs up for adoption out there and to write a "wee blurb" for each about their temperament.

"So people can get a feel of the dog," she said.

Hamilton is a dog lover, which is why she does the job.

"There are definitely some awesome dogs. I have favourites," she said.

Her husband has said "no" from the start to adding to the two already at home.

Or else their home might be overflowing with canines, Hamilton said.

The SPCA has been running a similar site for both cats and dogs for a couple of years now and administration officer Angela Fairbrother said it works well.

She said she noticed quite a few people coming in, asking questions about animals they have seen on the website, such as "Is George still here?"

She said the SPCA does not take on all dogs.

"If the dog has bitten someone, we don't take them. There are certain breeds we don't take, as we attract a family type of environment," she said.

Fairbrother said she is expecting an increase in dogs being surrendered to the SPCA as it is registration time.

When money is tight, that is when dogs are less of a priority, she said.

Fairbrother said that was why it was important the SPCA did not sell the dogs too cheaply. "A low price or no price might not get people who are able to afford the upkeep of a dog."

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- The Timaru Herald

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