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Pickle

Female Mixed Breed

Approx. 4 months old

Adopt me from Hamilton

Animal ID: #564333

A little bit about me

Meet the gorgeous Pickle, full of beans and loves people attention

What's special about me

This little girl came into the SPCA in a pretty sad state, not much hair on her little body and we couldn't even tell what colour her fur was going to be. With lots of TLC and heaps of bath-time, she is on the road to recovery. We can now see she is going to be mostly white with some light brindle patches. She will need a home that is prepared to keep up her baths until her fur is all grown back and maybe even beyond that. Due to Pickles colouring, she will need to have doggy sunscreen applied before she can go outside to protect her from the sun. As Pickle is still only a puppy she cannot be left on her own for too long. She needs human company. She has been a "big sister" to a few other pups while at the centre and is learning how to be a good dog. Pickle was able to go to foster while she was healing so got to meet some cats, she was good around them but wanted to play more than they did. With good introduction she would be fine in a home that has a resident cat, she would also do well with another canine family member. If you think you have the time to continue with Pickles healing process, and to give her good guidance and training, then please put in an application enquiry for this gorgeous bundle of joy with lots of information on what you have to offer.

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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