MIL OSI – Source: Far North District Council – Release/Statement
Headline: Kaitaia dog day a huge success
Wintry conditions didn’t stop the owners of 252 dogs turning up at the Kaitaia A&P Showgrounds last Friday to get their pooches microchipped and neutered for free at the Far North District Council’s second dog day.
In all, 240 dogs were microchipped during Nga Kuri Auau o Kaitaia and 187 were signed up for free neutering.
The council’s first dog day, Nga Kuri Auau o Kaikohe, which was held in Kaikohe last June, saw nearly 100 dogs microchipped and 80 signed-up for free neutering.
Darren Edwards Manager – Compliance said that despite the rain, the Animal Management Team saw more than twice as many dogs at the Kaitaia dog day. “That underlines just how effective one-off events like these can be in persuading owners to become responsible dog owners.”
He said that many of the owners who attended the Kaitaia event were the target audience for council’s chip and snip campaign. “These are owners who love their dogs and look after them well. Unfortunately, the cost of microchipping, neutering and registering their pets can be a barrier to being a responsible dog owner. We believe that helping these owners to do the right thing now will benefit all Far North residents and ratepayers in the long term.”
He explained that by neutering nearly 200 dogs, council and dog owners had potentially prevented many hundreds of unwanted puppies being born in years to come. “These unwanted or uncared-for dogs often end up wandering and it is these dogs that are more likely to attack stock, other dogs and people.
“By helping owners with one-off costs now, we will significantly reduce the anguish caused by future dog attacks, as well as the financial burden these often create.”
Far North District Council will assess the effectiveness of the two dog days held so far before deciding when to hold further events.