SPCA New Zealand

Aphrodite

Female Domestic Short Hair

Approx. 4 years, 4 months old

Adopt me from Christchurch

Animal ID: #163483

A little bit about me

Aphrodite is looking for a patient forever home that will help her gain confidence and relax!

What's special about me

Aphrodite hadn't met a lot of humans in her life until she came to the SPCA, and while it's been a long journey, she has made it clear that she's a big fan of soft blankets and chin scratches so she thinks she is ready to find her perfect family. She is pretty picky about what she likes and dislikes, and isn't afraid to let you know with a hiss. While her face is stuck on permanent grumpy-mode, she will let you know she is happy with a deep soothing purr, and by head butting you for more chin scratches! She loves other cats and needs to go to a house with a cat friend - even though she may seem a bit shy, she is always happier when they are nearby. When she was at her foster home, she would sit on the windowsill and pretend she wasn't looking forward to her foster mum coming home. Eventually, she got so happy and confident that she would roll around on her back kneading in the air. Aphrodite needs an experienced and understanding human who can follow some guidance on how to get her settled in to her new life. We anticipate this process may take a fair bit of time, so we are looking for someone that has time and patience to give. We will need you to come and meet Aphrodite in person at the centre so she can choose for herself who she goes home with, and so we can chat through her requirements with you. Can you help Aphrodite have a second chance at a warm and happy life?

Are you ready to adopt?

1. Can you care for a companion animal for their whole life?

  • The average lifespan of dogs and cats is around 12 years but some dogs and cats can live 20 years or more!
  • If you want to adopt a pet for your children, consider that children can tire quickly of the routine of caring for the animal. Parents often quickly become the animal’s primary caregiver and need to be OK with that. Therefore, adding a new animal to your family must be a family decision and a family-wide responsibility.
  • If you are planning to move to another country or travel in the future, it might not be the right time to adopt an animal. However, it is possible to move country with your animal, and also to manage travel so that your animal is well cared for when you are away. Moving country and travel are situations that can be managed, but this can be expensive and needs careful consideration and planning.

2. Can you afford to care for the pet you are considering adopting?

All animals available for adoption from SPCA have been health checked, and most are 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 that you need to consider.

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
  • The cost of things that your animal might damage or that might suffer wear and tear, such as shoes, TV remote controls, books, couches, carpets, etc.

To help you get an idea of the cost of keeping a companion animal, Companion Animals NZ 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 pet you are considering adopting?

  • It is your responsibility to know how to properly care for your animals; the Animal Welfare Act 1999 states that “the owner of an animal, and every person in charge of an animal, must ensure that the physical, health, and behavioural needs of the animal are met in a manner that is in accordance with both good practice and scientific knowledge.”
  • We can give advice on how to care for companion animals and help with any questions you might have. Your veterinarian is another source of credible and helpful information about caring for animals.
  • Doing your research before you decide to adopt an animal will help you to make a good and informed choice about whether you can care for an animal and what animal would be most suitable for your situation.
  • It is important that you are able to set aside adequate time to feed, exercise, groom, and interact with/play with your companion animal for their entire lifetime.

4. Is your home suitable for the animal you are considering adopting?

  • The size of your home and garden and the location of your home are significant factors that determine how suitable your home is for a particular animal. For example, dogs need a safe, fenced section, shelter, shade and enough space outside in which to exercise, explore and play. If you are thinking of adopting a cat and letting the cat outside, then you need to consider that cats can get injured on roads or affect local wildlife. Rabbits and guinea pigs need space inside, or a fenced area outside, in which to exercise, explore, and play.
  • Some landlords do not allow their tenants to have animals. This means that having a companion animal can affect how easy it is to find a rental property and is something that you should consider if you are renting.
  • If you already have companion animals, it is very important that you consider them, and how they will adapt to a new arrival, when thinking of adding another animal to your family.

5. Will a pet fit into your lifestyle?

  • Long working hours, a busy social life and regular trips away are all factors that will influence whether your lifestyle is suitable to share with a companion animal, and also what kind of animal might be best suited to you. It is important to consider these factors before deciding to adopt.
  • All companion animals need human company and if you don’t spend enough time with them this can make them unhappy and seriously affect their quality of life.
  • You should not adopt a companion animal unless you are:
    • home often enough to keep your animal company (or have someone else at home to keep the animal company)
    • 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.

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