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Male Domestic Short Hair

Approx. 6 years, 1 month old

Adopt me from Ashburton

Animal ID: #585950

A little bit about me

Hank is not your average feline.. he has perfected the art of looking grumpy to an extraordinary degree and he takes great pride in his surly demeanor

What's special about me

Hank's life has not been all sunshine and rainbows. He has a rugged past that left him battered and bruised, thanks to frequent brawls with other neighborhood cats over food and warm, safe sleeping spots. As a result of his tumultuous life, Hank has contracted a lifelong virus known as feline immunodeficiency virus. But Hank was no quitter; he faced life's adversities with the same grumpy determination that defined his personality. A concerned member of the community spotted Hank in a sorry state. He was drooling heavily, and upon closer examination, the vet was shocked to find that his teeth were in shambles. Six broken teeth had to be removed to make Hank comfortable enough to eat again. Hank, in all his grumpiness, was secretly grateful for this intervention. Hank had always sported a grumpy appearance, and he is not one for long, affectionate cuddles. He prefers short bursts of pats and chats with his human companion. Hank needs an indoor life as a result of his lifelong virus, so he can relish lazing the day away on a sunny spot on the couch, where he can stay safely inside without worrying about other cats bullying him. One thing everyone learned about Hank was that he does not enjoy being picked up. He has a way of communicating this, a soundless hiss that conveys his displeasure. Hank might be a bit of a grumpy old man, but the staff at the Ashburton centre have a real soft spot for him. They know he deserves a loving home just as much as any other cat. Hank will be a unique companion for those who are willing to see past his gruff exterior. He might not be the most hands-on cat, but he is always there to sit and chat, his grumpy expression offering a unique form of companionship. Those who understand him know that Hank's hisses are just his way of saying, "I appreciate you." And so, Hank, the official grumpy cat of Ashburton SPCA, is on a quest for his forever home with a person who will see the warmth behind his grumpy façade. They could live together in perfect harmony, sharing short chats and sunny spots on the couch. Hank deserves a place where he can be his grumpy, charming self, knowing he is very loved just the way he is.

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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