Lonely Miaow Cat Care Booklet

catcare booklet 400pxAt the 2016 NZCAC Conference in Wellington, the Lonely Miaow had copies of their latest booklet called "Cat Care - Your Basic Guide to Caring for Cats and Kittens."

This useful booklet is a very helpful guide for new and existing cat owners. Click the image at the side to view the booklet online, or click here (PDF - 1.12mb).

The booklet contained the following sections:

  • Contents
  • Caring for your Cat or Kitten
  • Feeding
  • The First Week
  • Period of Adjustment
  • Keep Safe
  • Moving House
  • Reassuring Existing Cats
  • Introducing Cats & Dogs or Other Pets
  • Young Children and Kittens
  • Preventing Bad Habits
  • Play Time
  • Holidays
  • Missing Cat
  • Equipment
  • Ongoing Costs
  • General Health

A big thank you to the Lonely Miaow team for allowing the NZCAR to republish the booklet on our site.

About the Lonely Miaow Association

Founded in 1995, The Lonely Miaow Association is an incorporated, non-profit organisation dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of stray and abandoned cats and kittens in the greater Auckland area. The cats and kittens we rescue all receive a thorough health assessment and ongoing care which is undertaken by one of our supporting vets. Our cats and kittens are cared for in volunteer foster homes and when ready, adopted out to their very own loving, forever home.

For more information, general  enquiries, or to find out how  to support  our life-saving work, visit their website: lonelymiaow.co.nz

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Kiwi Living item on Missing Pets

On Friday 10 June, the TV One show Kiwi Living had a great news item on what to do when your pet goes missing. Dr Stacey met with Auckland SPCA veterinary manager Shalsee Vigeant for advice.

A really helpful video clip that is well worth watching and it was great to see them promote the postive benefits of the NZCAR.

Thank you!

To view the clip, click the image below.


Cat rescued from drain following 24 hour ordeal

SPCA Canterbury Media Release – for immediate release

spcarescue02The owner of a cat who was rescued from a drainpipe by staff at SPCA Canterbury and the Addington Fire Service is hailing both teams as ‘heroes’ after they spent several hours trying to coax ‘Merry’, a 3 year old white and ginger female cat, from her hiding spot in a Wigram drainage system.

Stelly Reid had been desperately searching for Merry after she went missing on Sunday evening. “Merry always loved to explore but it was very unusual for her not to return home each day, so we knew something was wrong.”

At 6.30pm on the evening of Tuesday 10th May the team at SPCA Canterbury received an emergency call from a concerned member of the public who could hear a cat meowing from a drain in the Wigram area. Animal Ambulance Driver, Danielle Ogle, immediately went out to investigate and spent several hours trying to encourage Merry to come out. “She kept darting back and forth, under the road, through the drainage system between three separate manholes. Local road workers stopped to help and each of us tried to pull her out. Eventually it grew very dark and I decided to leave her some food and come back first thing in the morning to try again.”

At 8am on Wednesday SPCA staff returned to the site and could still hear Merry meowing for help. The Addington Fire Service team arrived and together they decided to run a hose down the drain pipe in the hope that the water would gently ‘flush’ Merry out. The plan worked and Merry emerged shortly after 10am soaking wet, but otherwise in relatively good health.

“We took Merry for a quick health assessment at the nearby vet clinic and were thrilled to find that she was microchipped and in fact a client of the Vet Centre. We immediately phoned her owner who rushed down to collect her” said Danielle.

“When I got the call that Merry had been found I couldn’t believe what she had been through”, said Stelly. “We actually adopted Merry three years ago from the Canterbury SPCA when she was just a small kitten. She was a Christmas surprise for my now eight year old son and considers her his ‘best friend’. We are just so relieved and grateful that she was rescued and has returned home safe and sound.”

Barry Helem, Chief Executive Officer for SPCA Canterbury, confirmed that he is extremely proud of his team and said that everyone was thrilled with the outcome. “Our staff and volunteers work incredibly hard every day to rescue animals from difficult situations and unfortunately there is not always a happy ending. In this case though we were delighted that Merry emerged safe and well. It was the ‘icing on the cake’ when we learned she was also microchipped and could reunite her with her worried family.”

Every year the Canterbury SPCA receives hundreds of calls about missing pets and in most cases the animals never return home.

“Microchipping your pet is the best way to safeguard against permanent loss. Over 80 percent of animals that are microchipped are successfully reunited with their owners”, says Barry.

To find out more about microchipping your pet speak with your local veterinarian or visit the SPCA Canterbury website, www.spcacanterbury.org.nz.



Photo 1:SPCA staff with NZ Fire Service, Addington Station


Photo 2: SPCA staff members (left to right): Inspector - Nina McDrury, Field Officers - Sam Cairns and Danielle Ogle


Photo 3: SPCA Inspector, Nina McDrury and SPCA Field Officer, Sam Cairns (in drain)


Photo 4: Relieved cat owner – Estelle Reid


Photo 5: Left to right: Vet from Hornby Veterinary Centre, SPCA Inspector, Nina McDrury


For more information contact:
Barry Helem
Chief Executive Officer         
SPCA Canterbury    
Ph: 027 479 3513
Email: barry@spcacanterbury.org.nz        

About SPCA Canterbury
SPCA Canterbury has been dedicated to caring for all animals throughout the Canterbury region for over 140 years. They are the oldest established branch of the RSPCA in New Zealand. Their core purpose is to prevent the cruelty and suffering of animals through education and enforcement.  Each year SPCA Canterbury rescue, rehabilitate and rehome thousands of lost, sick, injured, abused and abandoned animals. The cost of operating this service is in excess of $3 million per annum.  SPCA Canterbury is not government funded and relies on the generosity of the community to meet these needs by way of donations, sponsorship and bequests.

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NZCAC to offer microchipping certification

The New Zealand Companion Animal Council plans to coordinate the training and on going quality assurance of Microchip Implanters who are not Veterinarians or Veterinary Nurses working under the direct supervision of a suitably qualified Veterinarian or within an Approved Veterinary Clinic.

A core belief behind the creation of the New Zealand Companion Animal Register (NZCAR), was that the system was to protect the welfare of animals. This would be done, not just by getting lost pets home, but also by ensuring microchipping was done professionally and responsibly.

For this reason the NZCAC has always required implanters wanting to use the NZCAR to have proof they have an acceptable level of training in implanting animals. Currently the NZCAC policy allows implanters who are:

  • A qualified practising veterinarian in association with an approved vet clinic
  • A qualified vet nurse working within an approved vet clinic or under the supervision of a practising veterinarian
  • An implanter who has completed an approved microchipping course (e.g. MTI course)
  • An organisation that uses someone who meets one of the above criteria.

Previously the only non tertiary qualification that has been acceptable has been the Mahurangi Technical Institute (MTI) “Certificate in Microchipping Companion Animals” course. With the recent demise of this course it has left a vacuum with new implanters wanting certification, or current MTI graduates needing to complete their biennial recertification.

In order to build on its commitment to ensure that the Microchipping of animals as a rehoming tool is as effective as it can be, over the next few months the NZCAC will be developing a new microchipping course, covering theory, practical training, ongoing supervision and a more simplified recertification. This course will be available to anyone involved in animal welfare and is wanting training in the microchipping of companion animals.

Recognising that implanters are spread all over New Zealand, the current proposal is to create a new course manual for implanters to follow and to use for training. There will also be online audit systems to track implanters and how many chips are being implanted to simplify recertification. There will also be a hands-on practical training component offered at various locations around the country.

The goal is to have this new course up and running by the end of 2016.

In the meantime the NZCAC have approved an amnesty for MTI graduates who are currently registered implanters on the NZCAR and needing to recertify so that they can continue to implant. The Council recognised it was unfair to impact on existing implanters if there was no suitable alternative in place.

If you are are interested in training for a microchip certificate, or you are seeking to recertify an existing certificate you may register your interest now, by emailing the NZCAC at manager@nzcac.org.nz by clicking here.

Over 450,000 pets now on the NZCAR

On Friday 6 May, we reached a new high figure of 450,000 pets registered on the NZCAR. It was only late last year we reached 400,000 so this latest increase shows just how many people are realising the value of microchipping AND registration.

We also now have almost 800 organisations registered too. Our 800 agents are able to access the register when a found pet is scanned and find the owners contact details.