pet owners – Klavlav http://klavlav.org/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 22:05:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://klavlav.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/klav-150x150.png pet owners – Klavlav http://klavlav.org/ 32 32 Dog owners warned of parvovirus outbreak https://klavlav.org/dog-owners-warned-of-parvovirus-outbreak/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 19:57:32 +0000 https://klavlav.org/dog-owners-warned-of-parvovirus-outbreak/ Vets are reminding Canterbury dog ​​owners to get their pets vaccinated against parvovirus as the Selwyn district records its first case in a nationwide outbreak. Selwyn Veterinary Center in Rolleston has reported a confirmed case of the life-threatening disease in one of its canine patients. Veterinarian Yolande Howell said the dog “is not doing well […]]]>
Vets are reminding Canterbury dog ​​owners to get their pets vaccinated against parvovirus as the Selwyn district records its first case in a nationwide outbreak.

Selwyn Veterinary Center in Rolleston has reported a confirmed case of the life-threatening disease in one of its canine patients.

Veterinarian Yolande Howell said the dog “is not doing well at the moment”.

The SPCA recently reported that Auckland is experiencing its worst outbreak in 20 years.

Some veterinary clinics were seeing up to 20 cases a day, while cases had also appeared in Christchurch, Wellington and Northland.

Howell urged pet owners to check with their veterinarian to see if their dogs are fully vaccinated.

“Puppies should not be walked until they are fully vaccinated,” Howell said.

“Unfortunately with parvo, the death rate is really high.”

On its Facebook page, the center published the places of interest visited by the sick dog.

These were Rolleston Dog Park on February 8 and around Burnham Army Camp.

An SPCA spokesperson said last week that its inspectorate was aware of only one case in Selwyn.

BARK Kennels and Cattery manager Kristy Wood said it was concerning to have a case in the district.

The Rolleston facility, registered for 240 dogs, would be extra vigilant to ensure customers’ pets were up to date with vaccinations.

The New Zealand Veterinary Association said the highly transmissible viral disease affects the gastrointestinal tract.

Dogs caught it directly by contacting feces containing the virus, as well as indirectly by coming into contact with contaminated objects such as food and water bowls or shoes.

The first signs of lethargy, lack of appetite, and fever usually appeared within five to seven days of exposure, usually progressing rapidly to vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration.

Unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated puppies six weeks to six months old were most at risk.

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Pet rego deadline is approaching | Shepparton News https://klavlav.org/pet-rego-deadline-is-approaching-shepparton-news/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 03:38:20 +0000 https://klavlav.org/pet-rego-deadline-is-approaching-shepparton-news/ The registration deadline is approaching: Register your pets with the council. Strathbogie Shire Council reminds pet owners that registrations must be renewed by April 10. Residents with registered pets will soon receive a notice in the mail with their annual registration fee invoice. Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor Laura Binks said it was also a timely […]]]>

The registration deadline is approaching: Register your pets with the council.

Strathbogie Shire Council reminds pet owners that registrations must be renewed by April 10.

Residents with registered pets will soon receive a notice in the mail with their annual registration fee invoice.

Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor Laura Binks said it was also a timely reminder for anyone who has recently welcomed a new cat or dog into their home or recently moved to the area that they should register their pets with the council.

“It’s an easy process to register your pet with the council. All you have to do is visit our council offices at 109A Binney St, Euroa, complete a pet registration form. company and pay your fees with our friendly customer service team,” said Cr Binks.

“Cats and dogs aged three months or over must be registered with the council and they must be microchipped before check-in.”

Cr Binks said registering dogs and cats was important for many reasons and it increased the chances that animals would be returned to their owners if they got lost.

Registration provides a range of other important services, including:

• a municipal identification tag to be worn by your pet;

• a lost and found service, which guarantees that if your animal is found bearing the municipal identification bookmark, you will be notified;

• municipal services to respond to calls about stray dogs or dog attacks, including removing aggressive dogs from the streets, so you and your pet can walk safely;

• municipal services to deal with nuisance problems, such as barking dogs, trespassing cats and ownerless animals;

• municipal control of ‘dangerous’, ‘threatening’ and ‘restricted breed’ dogs in your area, which ensures that they do not pose a threat to the community;

• municipal control of pet shops, boarding houses, catteries, pounds, shelters and animal breeding and training businesses, which ensures that they comply with the basic standards of animal welfare imposed by law;

• A state government education program for schools which visits all primary schools in Victoria and teaches children about dog safety and how to be a responsible pet owner; and

• A state government education program for preschools that teaches children and parents how to avoid dog attacks at home and in public places.

“We encourage members of the community to be responsible pet owners, register your pet and ensure they wear their ID tag at all times,” Cr Binks said.

More information on registering your pet can be found at https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/residents/pets-a-livestock/dog-a-cat-registration

For more information on responsible pet ownership, visit www.pets.info.vic.gov.au

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Pet rego deadline is approaching | river herald https://klavlav.org/pet-rego-deadline-is-approaching-river-herald/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 03:38:20 +0000 https://klavlav.org/pet-rego-deadline-is-approaching-river-herald/ The registration deadline is approaching: Register your pets with the council. Strathbogie Shire Council reminds pet owners that registrations must be renewed by April 10. Residents with registered pets will soon receive a notice in the mail with their annual registration fee invoice. Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor Laura Binks said it was also a timely […]]]>

The registration deadline is approaching: Register your pets with the council.

Strathbogie Shire Council reminds pet owners that registrations must be renewed by April 10.

Residents with registered pets will soon receive a notice in the mail with their annual registration fee invoice.

Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor Laura Binks said it was also a timely reminder for anyone who has recently welcomed a new cat or dog into their home or recently moved to the area that they should register their pets with the council.

“It’s an easy process to register your pet with the council. All you have to do is visit our council offices at 109A Binney St, Euroa, complete a pet registration form. company and pay your fees with our friendly customer service team,” said Cr Binks.

“Cats and dogs aged three months or over must be registered with the council and they must be microchipped before check-in.”

Cr Binks said registering dogs and cats was important for many reasons and it increased the chances that animals would be returned to their owners if they got lost.

Registration provides a range of other important services, including:

• a municipal identification tag to be worn by your pet;

• a lost and found service, which guarantees that if your animal is found bearing the municipal identification bookmark, you will be notified;

• municipal services to respond to calls about stray dogs or dog attacks, including removing aggressive dogs from the streets, so you and your pet can walk safely;

• municipal services to deal with nuisance problems, such as barking dogs, trespassing cats and ownerless animals;

• municipal control of ‘dangerous’, ‘threatening’ and ‘restricted breed’ dogs in your area, which ensures that they do not pose a threat to the community;

• municipal control of pet shops, boarding houses, catteries, pounds, shelters and animal breeding and training businesses, which ensures that they comply with the basic standards of animal welfare imposed by law;

• A state government education program for schools which visits all primary schools in Victoria and teaches children about dog safety and how to be a responsible pet owner; and

• A state government education program for preschools that teaches children and parents how to avoid dog attacks at home and in public places.

“We encourage members of the community to be responsible pet owners, register your pet and ensure they wear their ID tag at all times,” Cr Binks said.

More information on registering your pet can be found at https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/residents/pets-a-livestock/dog-a-cat-registration

For more information on responsible pet ownership, visit www.pets.info.vic.gov.au

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RSPCA reminds owners in central Victoria to keep their pets | Bendigo Advertiser https://klavlav.org/rspca-reminds-owners-in-central-victoria-to-keep-their-pets-bendigo-advertiser/ Wed, 16 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://klavlav.org/rspca-reminds-owners-in-central-victoria-to-keep-their-pets-bendigo-advertiser/ news, local news, news, pets, rspca victora, abandoned, summer The RSPCA Victoria is once again urging pet owners to take responsibility for their pets this summer as reports of cruelty for abandonment continue to rise in the warmer months. The organization received 1,163 reports of abandoned animals in the last fiscal year, including 384 in […]]]>

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The RSPCA Victoria is once again urging pet owners to take responsibility for their pets this summer as reports of cruelty for abandonment continue to rise in the warmer months. The organization received 1,163 reports of abandoned animals in the last fiscal year, including 384 in the past summer alone. Chief Inspector Michael Stagg said the number of cruelty reports linked to abandonment is truly disappointing. More news: Elective surgery to restart at Bendigo Health by the end of the month “As owners or caretakers of animals, we have a duty of care and a legal obligation to ensure that they receive food, water, shelter and veterinary care,” he said. “If you leave, that duty of care requires that you take care of your animals in your absence.” plans for you and your family, you need to make sure you have plans for your pets as well. “Leaving animals unattended for long periods can cause suffering and can be fatal, especially in hot weather when they need extra water and access to shade,” the inspector said in Chief Stagg. The RSPCA Victoria has reminded pet owners who need to travel that leaving food or water for pets unattended for an extended period is not an adequate arrangement. Other Stories: All owners should take responsibility for their pets and ask family or friends for help or consider using the services of a boarding house or pet sitter. Reports of cruelty related to abandoned animals increase during the warmer months, with many reports filed by concerned members of the community. Before travelling, owners who have arranged for someone to care for animals in their absence should inform neighbors of their plans to avoid unnecessary worry. Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986, anyone in charge of an animal is required to provide food, water and shelter, as well as animal husbandry and veterinary care appropriate as needed. If you’re leaving pets with friends or family: More news: The late-night dessert that’s reinvigorating Bendigo’s nightlife If you’re using mobile pet sitting: Catteries and boarding houses ‘they can no longer properly care for their animals, there is no shame in returning them and we urge those struggling to contact RSPCA Victoria for help and advice,’ Mr Stagg said. Anyone concerned about animal welfare is encouraged to contact the RSPCA Victoria Inspectorate via rspcavic.org/report or by calling 9224 2222. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date information to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:

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Worried about leaving your pet on vacation? Follow these four tips https://klavlav.org/worried-about-leaving-your-pet-on-vacation-follow-these-four-tips/ Thu, 23 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://klavlav.org/worried-about-leaving-your-pet-on-vacation-follow-these-four-tips/ [ad_1] Six-year-old Morgan Wilcox border collie Milo is an important member of the family – and that can make getting around difficult. While Morgan likes to bring Milo when she can, pet-friendly accommodation isn’t always an option. There are always animal sitters around, but finding the right fit can be a challenge. We spoke to […]]]>


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Six-year-old Morgan Wilcox border collie Milo is an important member of the family – and that can make getting around difficult.

While Morgan likes to bring Milo when she can, pet-friendly accommodation isn’t always an option.

There are always animal sitters around, but finding the right fit can be a challenge.

We spoke to Morgan and her friend and occasional sitter, Brooke, to get their tips on stress-free pet care.

Find the right person to take care of your pet

If you can’t take your pet with you on your travels, you have three main options.

  • You can try to find a friend who might be willing to take care of your pet.
  • You can hire a pet sitter
  • You can leave your pet in a kennel, cattery, or other pet care provider.

Keep in mind that looking after a pet is a big responsibility, especially during vacation times when people may travel on their own or go out more than usual.

As Morgan brings Milo to his workplace, he has made quite a few friends – and some have offered to look after Milo while he is away.

“It really happened organically with people coming to me and offering to me. I would hate to impose myself, and I don’t take it lightly,” says the Newcastle archaeologist.

Often times, Milo will stay with Brooke Reeves, one of Morgan’s co-workers. Brooke loves dogs and has spent time caring for pets for her friends and family.

“She’s amazing. It started when she was in her twenties and lived at home,” Morgan says.

“It gave him the opportunity to stay with me and have his own space. Taking care of Milo while he was here was part of the package.”

Morgan often leaves her border collie Milo with friends when she has to travel.(Provided)

Be reciprocal

For Morgan, it’s reassuring to know that Milo is with someone he knows well. It also helps that Morgan and Brooke have a good relationship and have established a relationship of trust.

“They’ve built a very strong relationship now. Brooke now has her own place to call home and she took it home with her to stay,” she said.

“She sends me regular updates and things like that, and they’re having a good time. He’s very comfortable with her.”

If you ask others to take care of your pets, it’s important to return the favor.

“A key part is to be reciprocal with this. I have a number of friends with dogs, and they will volunteer to take Milo just like I took their dogs,” Morgan says.

There are also benefits for Brooke.

“My partner and I don’t have a dog, we both work full time and now is not a good time for us,” she says.

“It’s really nice to have Milo in our house because we have the advantage of having a dog at home but it’s not full time.”

Leave written instructions

Brooke, who is now 24, has been keeping animals since she was 17.

A selfie shows Brooke with Milo, a brown border collie.
Brooke, one of Morgan’s coworkers, often takes care of Milo.(Provided)

To make the experience better for the dog and the sitter, Brooke says it’s important to be clear about potential issues.

“If you ask someone to look after your pet, tell them the whole story,” she says.

“Glad to face a responsive dog, we can have this conversation – but if they don’t tell me it puts me and the dog in danger.”

Although she has a regular routine with Milo and Morgan, Brooke finds it helpful to have written instructions when dealing with new animals.

Does your pet need to be fed at certain times? Is he sensitive to food? Does he become anxious or aggressive with other animals?

All of these things are useful for pet sitters to know. It is also helpful to have contact details for yourself, your veterinarian, and anyone else who can help you with your pet.

Ask for recommendations from other pet owners

If you are looking for a pet sitter, Brooke recommends that you ask other pet owners you know.

“I really think word of mouth is the best way. It’s a personal thing, keeping animals,” she says.

“I’ve always felt more comfortable if they know me, or if there’s a connection there.”

If you’re hiring someone to look after your pet, it helps to have the money conversation early on, says Brooke. This can help avoid embarrassing conversations and misunderstandings.

Word of mouth can also help when finding a good kennel or cattery.

Morgan and Milo on the couch.
Morgan relies on word of mouth recommendations for Milo’s kennels.(Provided)

“When I took it [to kennels], this has always been on a first-hand recommendation, ”Morgan explains.

Another important factor to consider is the facilities, Morgan says. Is there room for your pet to move around freely? If your dog or cat has special needs, will the kennel or cattery be able to accommodate them?

“When I took him to a kennel the people were amazing and sent me texts and pictures of him,” Morgan says.

“[Look for people] who genuinely care about dogs and look after them when they are around. “

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Wealden Council issues warning to pet owners ahead of Christmas https://klavlav.org/wealden-council-issues-warning-to-pet-owners-ahead-of-christmas/ Fri, 17 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +0000 https://klavlav.org/wealden-council-issues-warning-to-pet-owners-ahead-of-christmas/ [ad_1] A warning has been issued by a tip to pet owners urging them to be careful when booking a cattery or kennel. Wealden District Council is asking pet owners to check the pet license registry before making a reservation, especially around Christmas. Only boarding schools for authorized animals are listed. Pet owners are cautioned […]]]>


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A warning has been issued by a tip to pet owners urging them to be careful when booking a cattery or kennel.

Wealden District Council is asking pet owners to check the pet license registry before making a reservation, especially around Christmas.

Only boarding schools for authorized animals are listed. Pet owners are cautioned not to use a business if they cannot see their contact details on this web page.

Each cattery, kennel and home boarder should have a license posted on their premises and their license number on their website.

If a business does not have a license, it can mean that its insurance is invalid.

Councilor Philip Lunn, portfolio holder of public health and community safety on the council, said, “Pet owners, be careful when booking a vacation for your beloved pet.

“Make sure the establishment is accredited and choose the highest number of stars. We want you and your pet to have a Merry Christmas. ”

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Warning to pet owners regarding the use of catteries, kennels or boarders at home at Christmas https://klavlav.org/warning-to-pet-owners-regarding-the-use-of-catteries-kennels-or-boarders-at-home-at-christmas/ Tue, 14 Dec 2021 15:55:34 +0000 https://klavlav.org/warning-to-pet-owners-regarding-the-use-of-catteries-kennels-or-boarders-at-home-at-christmas/ A warning has been issued by Wealden District Council It is up to pet owners to urge them to be careful when booking a cattery, kennel, or home boarder. Pet owners are urged to check the pet license register before making a reservation, particularly in the run up to Christmas. Only boarding schools for authorized […]]]>

A warning has been issued by Wealden District Council

It is up to pet owners to urge them to be careful when booking a cattery, kennel, or home boarder. Pet owners are urged to check the pet license register before making a reservation, particularly in the run up to Christmas.

Only boarding schools for authorized animals are listed. Pet owners are cautioned not to use a business if they cannot see their contact details on this web page.

Each cattery, kennel and home boarder should have a license posted on their premises and their license number on their website. If a business does not have a license, it can mean that its insurance is invalid.

Wealden District Council awards stars to businesses that ship animals. Five stars means the highest animal welfare standards; a star is the lowest that can be allowed. https://www.wealden.gov.uk/licences-and-registers/licensing/animal-licensing/animal-licensing-register/ displays the number of stars.

Councilor Philip Lunn, the public health and community safety portfolio holder on the council, said, “Pet owners, please be careful when booking a vacation for your beloved pet.” Make sure the establishment is licensed and choose the highest stars. We want you and your pet to have a Merry Christmas.

Anyone with concerns can send an email to licensing@rother.gov.uk

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Leave? Plan for your pets https://klavlav.org/leave-plan-for-your-pets/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 06:46:52 +0000 https://klavlav.org/leave-plan-for-your-pets/ Now is the time of the year when families will go on vacation to relax. As pet owners, you are probably wondering where you will keep your pet while you are away. The Boksburg SPCA has provided a guide to help pet owners plan for their pets during the holiday season. What are your options? […]]]>

Now is the time of the year when families will go on vacation to relax. As pet owners, you are probably wondering where you will keep your pet while you are away.

The Boksburg SPCA has provided a guide to help pet owners plan for their pets during the holiday season.

What are your options? • Take your pet to a kennel / cattery • Take your pet with you (not recommended) • Use a pet sitter • Use an in-home pet sitting service

Pension kennel / cattery Is your pet’s vaccination up to date? Reputable boarding schools require proof of this and your pet’s vaccination certificates must be dated at least two weeks before your pets are admitted. A well-managed and reputable kennel is normally a safe way to house your pets while you are away. It also means that your pets are not alone due to the activity around them. Disadvantages of Residential Schools / Catteries Your pet is far from his home environment and may be stressed or depressed because you are no longer there either. Even if your pet has been vaccinated, he could still contract a disease such as kennel cough for which there is no vaccination.

Take your pet on vacation with you Does your pet have a new temporary ID disc with your contact details and do you have enough tranquilizers for the trip? Do you have a cool place in the vehicle (not the trunk) where your pet can lie down? Remember to never leave your pet inside the vehicle in hot or hot weather, even if it is parked in the shade with the windows slightly open. Disadvantages of Taking Your Pet Traveling long distances by car can be stressful for dogs and cats. Finding accommodation that accepts your pet can be difficult. In the case of cats, it usually takes up to 14 days for them to acclimatize to a new environment before they can go outside on their own.

Use a pet house / sitter It is advisable to make sure that your pet knows the house sitter before your absence, so that he is more comfortable and you can assess if he is likely to have bonding issues. An emergency back-up plan is necessary in the event that, for some unforeseen reason, the caretaker of the house / animal is not able to continue performing his duties. Benefits Animals are often much happier to continue living at home with a familiar routine and they have maximum exposure to companionship. They will not be exposed to the risk of infectious diseases from other animals.

Using a home pet sitting service The checklist is similar to that of the house keeper or pet; however, for this service your animals must be visited at least once a day as an animal that becomes ill can deteriorate very quickly and the animals need companionship.

Also Read: Pet Care Corner: Putting an ID Disc on Your Pet’s Collar

Also Read: Pet Care Corner: Microchips in Pets

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Perfect Vacation For Pet Owners At Risk Due To Full Boarders https://klavlav.org/perfect-vacation-for-pet-owners-at-risk-due-to-full-boarders/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://klavlav.org/perfect-vacation-for-pet-owners-at-risk-due-to-full-boarders/ Borders around Auckland will be officially lifted on December 15, and residents are scrambling to visit friends and family across the country for Christmas. But what about family members who can’t travel with you? Photo: 123RF Auckland’s catteries, dog sitters and kennels have been inundated with bookings since the border was announced to open last […]]]>

Borders around Auckland will be officially lifted on December 15, and residents are scrambling to visit friends and family across the country for Christmas. But what about family members who can’t travel with you?

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Auckland’s catteries, dog sitters and kennels have been inundated with bookings since the border was announced to open last week, as Aucklanders try to find a place for their pets can stay during their vacation.

Patrick Langley is the owner of the Boutique Cattery in Ramarama, near the southern border of Auckland.

“We’ve been full for Christmas since April, but the day they announced the border or no border on the 15th, we were inundated with booking requests for the Christmas period,” he said.

“I think we ended up with 16 reservation requests, but we had to turn everyone down because we can’t leave room for other cats just to rush them… that’s not what we do . “

“All the catteries I know of in Auckland are full and have been for some time.”

“Speaking to one or two of the owners of these, they were in exactly the same situation as us, unfortunately turning people down because they don’t have the room.”

After months of foreclosure and missed revenue, Langley said the increase in bookings brought welcome change.

“We haven’t been busy at all and it has had a real financial impact on us.”

He said Christmas and summer bookings are crucial.

“It’s the time that we earn a little money that will provide for the slack periods during the rest of the year, it is sometimes feast or famine with catteries and other businesses like ours but that will help. “

“We will never get the money we lost back, here we go. Obviously we missed the school holidays on work weekends and we were almost full for those, we missed that, we have not received this income at all and we still have our bills to pay. “

Sharon Partridge of Pets at Whitford said the past few months have been tough.

“It was very difficult. I think everyone is in the same boat, but obviously people can’t leave, so we didn’t have that boarding income.”

Providing other services helped cushion the shock.

“Fortunately we were able to open for grooming and daycare at level 3, but without it it would have been quite difficult. We applied for grants and received government assistance, but it was not quite right. done enough to be honest, these are tough times. “

Partridge said the announcement of the border opening has resulted in a surge in bookings for them so if the Aucklanders are to secure a seat for Christmas they will have to get in quickly as they are nearly full.

Complete Canine Care in Penrose offers grooming, daycare and overnight stays and center manager Lacey Knox said they have been rushed since the announcement.

“Phones and emails have gone crazy,” she said.

“Lots of people called to book a few days before the announcement when they indicated we would be able to leave town, we also had a lot of bookings at that time so we booked pretty quickly . “

Their company has a waiting list, but Knox said frustrated pet owners might also consider changing their boarding dates if possible.

“My advice would be to book now, but try to plan your trip outside of the busy Christmas season – we have loads of spaces starting Jan 3rd or 4th so maybe you go for that second week. Christmas vacation you’re somehow guaranteed a place then. “

Knox said people who have recently had new dogs should know that their pooch is used to being with family 24/7, so they might need to do a bit of extra preparation.

“The new dogs that we are seeing are pretty nervous. We need the pet parents to communicate with us that their dog hasn’t had a lot of socialization or that they had them right before the lockdown, and to this way we can help them find the right day and the right playgroup to match them to help them ease their entry into daycare. ”

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Perfect holiday for pet owners in danger due to reserved boarders https://klavlav.org/perfect-holiday-for-pet-owners-in-danger-due-to-reserved-boarders/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://klavlav.org/perfect-holiday-for-pet-owners-in-danger-due-to-reserved-boarders/ Borders around Auckland will officially lift on December 15 and locals are chomping at the bit to visit friends and family across the country for Christmas. But what about your family members who cannot travel with you? Photo: 123RF Auckland’s catteries, dog sitters and kennels have been inundated with bookings since the border was announced […]]]>

Borders around Auckland will officially lift on December 15 and locals are chomping at the bit to visit friends and family across the country for Christmas. But what about your family members who cannot travel with you?

Photo: 123RF

Auckland’s catteries, dog sitters and kennels have been inundated with bookings since the border was announced last week, as Aucklanders try to find a place to house their pets. company while on vacation.

Patrick Langley is the owner of Boutique Cattery in Ramarama, near Auckland’s southern border.

“We’ve been sold out for Christmas since April but the day they announced border or no border on the 15th we were inundated with requests for bookings over the Christmas period,” he said.

“I think we ended up with 16 booking requests but we had to turn everyone down because we can’t make room for other cats just to squeeze them…that’s not what we do.”

“All the catteries I know of in Auckland are full and have been for some time.”

“Talking to one or two of the owners of these, they’ve been in exactly the same position as us, unfortunately turning people away because they don’t have the room.”

After months of lockdown and missed revenue, Langley said the surge in bookings was bringing a welcome change.

“We haven’t been busy at all and that’s had a real financial impact on us.”

He said Christmas and summer bookings are crucial.

“It’s when you earn a little money that will provide for the slow period during the rest of the year, it’s sometimes feast or famine with catteries and other businesses like ours, but it will help.”

“We will never get back the money we lost, here we go. Obviously we missed the school holidays on the weekend from work and we were almost full for those, we missed, we didn’t not received this income at all and we still have our bills to pay.”

Sharon Partridge of Pets in Whitford said the past few months have been difficult.

“It’s been very difficult. I think everyone’s in the same boat, but obviously people can’t leave, so we haven’t had that boarding income.”

Offering other services helped soften the blow.

“Fortunately we were able to open for grooming and daycare at level 3 but without that it would have been quite difficult. We applied for grants and got help from the government but it didn’t quite go Quite to be honest, it’s been a tough time.”

Partridge said the announcement of the border opening saw a surge in bookings for them, so if Aucklanders want to secure a place for Christmas they will need to get in quickly as they are nearly full.

Complete Canine Care in Penrose offers grooming, daycare and overnight stays and center manager Lacey Knox said they have been rushed since the announcement.

“The phones and the emails went crazy,” she said.

“A lot of people are calling to book, a few days before the announcement when they said we would be able to get out of town, we got a lot of bookings as well, so we booked in pretty quickly.”

Their company has a waiting list, but Knox said frustrated pet owners might also consider changing their boarding dates if possible.

“My advice would be to book now but try to plan your trip outside of the busy Christmas period – we have loads of places from 3 or 4 January so maybe you are going for that second week of the holiday Christmas, you’re kind of guaranteed a spot then.”

Knox said people who have recently gotten new dogs should know that their pooch is used to being with the family 24/7, so they might need to do a little extra preparation.

“The new dogs we are seeing are quite nervous. We need pet parents to communicate to us that their dog hasn’t had much socialization or had them just before lockdown, and that way, we can help them find the right day and the right playgroup to match them in order to facilitate their integration into daycare.”

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