Is it really a stray cat?

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Our first instinct when we see a cat hanging about our property is to presume it is a stray. Often this is not the case.

Most experts recommend that if the cat looks healthy then make a bowl of water available, and if cold offer a sheltered place to sleep outside under a porch or in a shed. Food should usually be avoided at first unless the cat looks like it is in distress, skinny, injured or looks uncared for. Providing food can simply mean the cat will set up base with you rather than return home.

If you can approach the cat a paper collar with your phone number and a note to give you a call will be appreciated by owners who probably do not realise what their cats are doing - it may be simply that they are at work during the day. If the cat remains for more than a couple of days then contacting neighbours, posting a found notice on, or getting the animal checked for a microchip can also be worthwhile.

If the cat has been with you for a reasonable period of time and you are not wanting to offer it a home, then contacting the SPCA or any of the major shelters is probably advisable.

If a cat is unapproachable it could be an "unsocialised" cat. Such cats usually do not like to be touched and keep a good distance from you. In these cases it pays to seek advice or assistance with capturing humanely. Again the SPCA will be able to advise on this, also most larger centres in New Zealand have dedicated groups caring for unsocialised cats and colonies.

If you find a kitten, then these should not be left to fend for themselves as they are most likely unable to do so. Ideally a kitten should be given proper care while the owner is located, or the SPCA contacted so they can provide proper care and rehome once the kitten is well enough.

Prepared by the NZCAR team, with input from the RNZSPCA.

TV Adverts increased traffic

During September 2015, the NZCAR ran a TV campaign to see if it increased awareness of our service.

Mediaworks were extreme kind and offered to match our advertising budget dollar for dollar with a promise to try and squeeze in more ads where possible. For our $10,000 investment we were promised just over $22,000 worth of air time. However thanks to their generosity, we actuually received over $47,000 worth of air time in 153 spots. While we chose an off-peak campaign to keep costs down, our ads were in fact played at a variety of times including peak times and in key programmes. The NZCAR would not have been able to afford to run a campaign like this so many thanks to Mediaworks, and their extemely supportive agent Jeannie Stirling.

The production cost of the ad, including images, voices, production, editing, approval and submission was all met by Animal Register Limited to further reduce costs to the NZCAR.

Did it work?

During the month we have had quite a lot of feedback through the office with a noticeable increase in people calling to update contact details and ask about the register. The website also recorded a significant jump (almost 10% increase) in figures for unique visitors and hits for the month. Based on an average of the previous four months the increase was 8.2% for unique visits and 9.5% for hits. Given that October is usually one of the quieter months in the pet cycle, the increase is very pleasing.

  Unique Hits Visitors
May 2015 7070 202909
Jun 2015 7096 210945
Jul 2015 6960 215303
Aug 2015 7115 202873
Sep 2015 7642 227805

Just to explain terminology, a unique visitor is a unique IP address within a given timeframe. So for example most organisations will have a unique IP and if everyone there visited the site at the same time it would only record as one unique visitor. A hit is a completed file download and on any given page of the site there are a number of files including html, jpegs etc. Also our stats are sourced from our web server and due to the older package they provide it does not record all mobile access or database activity which could increase the numbers significantly. Our new platform records all stats and we will be able to use these in future reports.

Overall while this was a huge cost (the largest sum spent on promotion so far),  I think it has proved worthwhile and helped make our 8th anniversary milestones more memorable.

NZCAR reaches 8 year old

The NZCAR celebrated its 8th birthday on 1 September 2015. In this time it has become the leading lost pet database for microchipped animals in New Zealand.

It has also reached some significant achievements too. These include:

  • Over 400,000 pets registered with the NZCAR
  • Over 750 organisations registered as agents who can access the NZCAR
  • Over $2.5 million raised for the charity. The NZCAR is run as a not-for-profit where all profits are used to help companion animal organisations and projects within New Zealand
  • New Zealand partner for the Scanner Angel/Halo Scanner repatration network
  • Partner with New Zealand's leading lost and found database,

Even more new features are under way and 2016 will be an exciting year for the NZCAR.

For more details or for press enquiries, contact Nygllhuw Morris, NZCAR Manager 0274444180

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