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Adopt a dog for life this Christmas

Media release
5 December 2013

Adopt a dog for life this Christmas

If a new family pet is at the top of the kids’ Christmas list this year, why not visit one of Auckland Council’s animal shelters and consider adopting any one of a number of animals looking for their forever homes right now.

There are puppies and kittens, as well as older cats and dogs, available in council’s shelters across the region at Silverdale, Henderson, Manukau and Pukekohe.

Tracey Moore, manager of animal management, says council’s shelters have an important role in reuniting lost dogs with their owners as well as rehoming animals taken in throughout the year. They also ensure public safety by holding dogs considered to be a nuisance or threat to the public.

“There are around 9,000 dogs a year that pass through Auckland Council animal shelters. The majority of these are successfully returned to their owners but for those that aren’t, we provide a safe and secure environment until they can be appropriately rehomed,” she says.

As part of the pre-adoption process all animals are assessed to make sure they are suitable for rehoming, and all potential new homes are also checked for compatibility.

“An animal management officer will visit your property and confirm that it is appropriately fenced and an adequate size for the dog you plan to adopt. They will also consider your lifestyle and the needs of the dog to achieve the best possible outcome for the family and the animal,” says Ms Moore.

There are a number of benefits to adopting a pet from an Auckland Council animal shelter. As well as offering great value for money, all animals receive thorough health checks, are vaccinated, de-sexed, temperament tested and micro chipped prior to adoption.

Auckland Council encourages responsible ownership and welcomes enquiries from anyone who has the commitment and resources to take on a pet, not only for Christmas but for the rest of its life.

Please visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/dogs for further information and to check out all the wonderful animals currently available for adoption.

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