WE ARE DESPERATE! We have hit rock bottom....and so has New Zealand!
We pride ourselves on helping all animals. We rehabilitate and find safe solutions for farm animals, native wildlife, domestic animals and even exotics and pest animals like the ex circus monkeys and wallabies in our care. We have been finding positive outcomes for each and every animal that comes on our radar for more than 15years. But right now we are drowning. It isn't just raining cats and dogs, its a hail storm. And it needs to stop!!
We realize that its registration time of year, and that every year at this time all of the pounds and shelters are overflowing with unwanted dogs. We accept that is the norm....but hang on WTF? Why is this New Zealand's normal? Why do animal loving animal shelter staff and Animal Control Officers get forced into to killing thousands of dogs across our clean green country every June/July just because thousands of pet owners have an easy-come-easy-go attitude? And to make it all the more heartbreaking, for many of these dogs (not all, but a very sizable many) euthanasia is likely to be a twisted and bitter-sweet release from a life of isolation, chained or controlled by the ignorance of the "easy-come-easy-go" owner.
Our HUHA team are in the trenches getting our hands dirty and we see and experience this devastating trend first hand. We are a no kill shelter, but that doesn't mean we are not effected, we spend our lives voluntarily fixing what others have broken. We currently have 60 dogs in our care and 30 urgent cases on our books as well as hundreds of less urgent cases that we are working through. We average 1000 phone calls asking us for help per month, and we, like our friends at all the other shelters around NZ are about to start rocking in a corner. Every single day people call us and say that if we don't help (and usually by the end of that day/week!!) the animals will die...yip that's right every day somehow their awful attitude becomes our problem and our fault?
What we have noticed is that often the people who put the most pressure on us to rid them of their dog (and cats to!) fast, are the same ones who will easily pick up another. Maybe from mates that breed a litter or three, and sell the pups to their "easy-come-easy-go" mates for a quick $50 bucks, and then the cycle continues. The puppies grow into untrained, undesexed dogs, get passed around, chained in isolation, maybe breed a littler or three so the easy-come-easy-go owner can give the pups to his/her mates for a quick $50 bucks and so on and so on until the council do their job. And its easier for the owner to let the dog go than to pay rego....that dog was probably a dud anyway cause it didn't do what it was told...and its easy enough to get another pup of a mate for $50 or maybe free (and most often underage) from a Buy Sell Swap page.
So with our two HUHA shelters being full and potentially every other NZ shelter in the same position....what happens to the unwanted? Well for us it means advertising the desexed and processing the undesexed, trying to get the owner to step up and to do right by their dog before moving it on. We refuse to allow undesexed animals to be passed around.
Most of our HUHA team are fostering more than one dog or pup each, while also juggling the hundreds of other animals we care for in our two shelters, and trying to fund raise to pay the vet bills and survive. We are peddling as fast as we can so that as many pets as possible make it to the top of the hill unscathed.
But for those of you guilty of ditching your pet with little or no warning or thought. For not desexing or training, for leaving your pets home alone all day and then blaming them for bad behaviour when bored, for not getting off the couch,walking or enriching your pet and then blaming them for being destructive and unsociallized, for playing endless games of tug toy with your pet cause you think you're cool and then banishing him for trying to engage with your children with his mouth. For those of you who take a pet on when your lease says you can't. And for those of you who breed your pet just because you didn't want to spend the money on desexing or just because you can. And to the back yard breeders who sell genetically damaged fluffies through pet stores and trade me, to pig hunters, farmers and greyhound racers who breed litter after and then ditch the duds ....please sort your shit out, you are the problem and you need to stop!!
PIC: Fletcher (now at HUHA healthy and ready for adoption) Failed as a pig dog, so was left in a backyard with no food. ____________________________________________________ To help us with our vet bill this month please donate $3 by txting "huha" to 4463 Thank you HUHA Community - together we can save lives! ____________________________________________________
What’s better than getting a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day? A box of MNY lippys! We’re giving away a one of a kind, exclusive box set of 6 different lip looks for every occasion. All you have to do is like this post, and tag a friend who you’d share this with! NZ16+ only. Ends 5pm NZDT 17/2/17. Max 1 entry/person. T&Cs apply, see http://bit.ly/2kiv6pI.
Let's all spare a happy thought as we go to bed tonight for Valerie Adams. If all goes well during the 1am qualifying round, she'll have a chance 12 hours later to become New Zealand's first ever triple gold medallist.
Thought people might find our calf feeder truck interesting. It can fit 90 calves on at a time, we've had it 2 years now and can't fault it. Set up so it can drive over fences - no more trying to beat calves to the gateway
Since you guys and gals loved the "Cooking for Two" giveaway last week we have another one to giveaway this week! https://foodbox.co.nz/shop/category=mixed Tag a friend in below to be in the draw to win.
Here's a sneak peek inside my gorgeous new Celebrate Summer annual. Available now at supermarkets, book stores, Paper Plus and The Warehouse in New Zealand, from EziBuy in Australia and online from my website.
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Thank you to the majestical island nation of Aotearoa for this huge honour! 1+1=11
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Cake is the answer to so many questions, including 'What should I give Mum for Mothers Day?' Tell us in the comments below whether you'd wow Mum with a cake baked from scratch or use one of our quick and easy-to-make cake mixes and you'll be in the draw to win an Edmonds prize pack.
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