SPCA New Zealand

Copo

Male Angora

Approx. 1 year, 5 months old

Adopt me from Christchurch

Animal ID: #481200

A little bit about me

Hello! My name is Copo, as in "copo de nieve" meaning snowflake in Spanish. I was named that at first for my beautiful long hairdo, but my foster family says it's a fitting name as I'm so special.

What's special about me

I am definitely a morning guy. Every morning I will wait for you on top of my den because I want to come out and party. Some days I will find myself a little racetrack circuit and run around and binky. It's pretty special to see my big fluffy body fly through the air! Some days I just want to go on a little exploration and find a new corner to hang out in. Either way, I really love getting out to stretch my legs in the mornings! My favorite things are sitting at the window staring into the front yard and playing under the curtains. Even a sheet hanging off my pen is so fun, plus my humans say it's super cute when I poke my head out from under it! When the weather is nice, I'll hang out with my humans on the front porch supervised. I love the sun on my back and wind in my fur, though if I'm honest I'll probably still snooze away most of the afternoon. I really love spending the evening snuggling on the couch or bed watching TV. It's a good time to help me groom my beautiful long locks because they need quite a bit of attention, but I don't mind if we're just relaxing together. In fact, I've become a bit of a cuddle bug. Like most bunnies, my default is to hide, but if you put in the time with me I'll come to trust you and really enjoy our time together. I think I'm a really good bunny. I use my litter tray all the time and keep quite a tidy house. If I'm on the couch or the bed I may dig and nibble a bit, but a spare "bunny sheet" can help protect that. Even better, pile on some spare blankets and I'll be able to build myself a cozy nest to settle into faster! Aside from that I don't have too much of an interest in chewing. I do like rearranging things that are in my way, so maybe if there's some cords or anything precious you'd want to tuck them away as I learn to explore all the cozy corners of your house. If you do a bit of bunny proofing you can trust me to be really well behaved in your home. Chances are, I'll just be napping in some corner until it's time to hang out with my humans again. If I sound like the companion for you, please apply for me.

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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