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Going away? What will your animals do?

Animal Control Going Away 01

Before you go away, take the time to think about what will happen to your animals while you’re gone.

Plan ahead and ensure you have a good solution for your pets or stock animals, especially during the warm summer period. Wairoa District Council’s Animal Control Department often receives calls from concerned members of the public regarding animals left alone, without water or shelter, often for days on end. Here are some tips that can help you prepare for your trip:

  • If you’re not planning on taking your pets with you, a good solution is to bring them to a facility (like a boarding kennel) or to a family or friend’s place, so they will have shelter, regular food and water, and they can socialise with humans and/or other animals.

 In case there’s no option but to leave your pet alone for a day or two, ask someone to check in on them at least once a day. Make sure they always have water and shelter! 

  • If you’re taking your pet on your trip, be mindful it can get very hot while travelling, so plan enough water and toilet breaks. Never leave your pet unattended in a car as the temperature can rise rapidly on a warm day (even with a window cracked open). 
  • If you have livestock, it’s important they’re controlled and secured while you’re away so they can’t accidentally get out. 

If you would like more information the team is always happy to help. Head over to or phone the Council 24/7 number 06 838 7309.

19 December 2022

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