Male Domestic Short Hair
8 years, 3 weeks old
Animal ID: #152910
A little bit about me
Hi, My name is Joesph and i came into the shelter as a stray. I am very friendly and affectionate and love being around people. The vet doesn't know my exact age but i am an older boy. I love laying about snoozing in the sun. I am now ready to find my forever home.
1. Can you care for a companion animal for their whole life?
2. Can you afford to have the companion animal you are considering adopting?
All animals available for adoption from the SPCA have been health checked, desexed, vaccinated, and microchipped (for details see each adoption listing, as the exact details can vary by species); all of these are included in the adoption fee. However, there are also ongoing costs associated with having a companion animal.
These may include the following:
- Quality food and treats
- Worm and flea treatments
- Items such as leashes, toys, collars, housing, bedding, kennel, crates, enclosures
- Annual health check and vaccinations
- Veterinary visits and treatments due to illness or accidents, and preventative care
- Fees for boarding or home care for your animal if you need to go away
- Doggy Day care fees if you have to be away from your dog for long periods
- Training classes for puppies and dogs
- Annual registration fees for dogs (this is a legal requirement)
- Grooming expenses
To help you get an idea of the cost of keeping a companion animal, the NZ Companion Animal Council has published data showing that companion animal owners spend on average the following amounts per year:
- $670 on their cat
- $1200 on their dog (larger dogs can be more expensive)
- $785 on their horse
- $310 on their rabbit
However, depending on an animal’s individual needs these costs could be significantly higher.
3. Are you able to care for the companion animal you are considering adopting?
4. Is your home suitable for the companion animal you are considering adopting?
5. Will a companion animal fit into your lifestyle?
- You should not adopt a companion animal unless you are:
- prepared to walk your dog every day (if you are thinking of adopting a dog)
- able to give your animal the basic training they need
- able to arrange suitable care for your animal when you are away
If you have carefully thought through all of the questions above and your answer to all of the questions is ‘YES’, then you are ready to adopt!
If you said ‘no’ to any of the questions above or are unsure, please consider what you would need to do to ensure you are well prepared to become a responsible companion animal owner.
Visit our Advice and Welfare section for more detailed information about caring for specific animals .
Contact your local SPCA centre if you have any queries regarding animal ownership.
How to adopt Joesph
1. Come and meet me in person
Come and meet me and my friends at our animal centre during opening hours. Bring the whole family, have a look around the cattery and chat to the team. If you are a renter, please bring proof from either your landlord or property manager that they give permission to have a cat (or an additional cat) on the property.
2. Talk to our SPCA animal experts
Our friendly animal team will help you choose the pet that’s right for you – it might not be me after all. They will discuss your lifestyle, experience level and what you’re looking for. They’ll check you tick all the boxes for adoption and introduce you to some of the animals that are right for you and your lifestyle. Bring everyone who lives in the house (especially any children) to come and meet the animals to ensure the best match for your family.
3. Fill in the paperwork and pay the adoption fee
It’s time to make it official. Once you’ve found the pet for you, you’ll need to grab an application form, fill it in and get one of the team to review and approve the adoption. You then pay the adoption fee and get ready to bring your new family member home. To save time you can download and complete the first page of the application form below before you come to the centre.
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