SPCA Snip’n’Chip campaign for the Wairarapa a great success

Over 1,000 snipped and chipped in Wairarapa! The SPCA is excited by how the Wairarapa community has embraced the recent Snip’n’Chip campaign for the desexing and microchipping of cats in the three council areas of the Wairarapa.

The SPCA offered heavily discounted desexing and microchipping services to the public through its Snip’n’Chip campaign in partnership with seven vet clinics across the Wairarapa – South Wairarapa Veterinary Services, Vet Services Wairarapa and Vetcare.

During this campaign which ran through April, May and June this year, over 1,500 cats were microchipped, and over 1,100 desexed.

“This is a huge achievement and a significant contribution to animal welfare in Wairarapa,” says Corporate Services Manager, Ros Alsford.

The Snip’n’Chip campaign allowed residents of the Wairarapa to have their cats desexed and microchipped at the local vet practices, with the bulk of the costs covered by the SPCA, and support from the local councils for microchipping.

Ros says, “Working in partnership with local veterinary practices, councils, pet shops and community groups, this campaign is a fantastic example of working collaboratively to promote responsible pet ownership and combat the issue of overpopulation of animals in a positive way.

“The campaign was such a great success thanks to the hard work of the veterinary practices in the townships. We feel very proud to have worked together on this campaign and look forward to seeing the benefits this coming kitten season.”

Pet overpopulation, especially cats, continues to be a problem in the Wairarapa and the country with hundreds of kittens born unnecessarily every year.

“Our Inspectors have been working hard across the Wairarapa region and have investigated 130 cases over the last year, with a further 127 follow up investigations. Also, through the support of the Wairarapa District Councils, our animal care and veterinary teams in Wellington, we have helped a further 400 animals in the Wairarapa region.

“With campaigns like Snip’n’Chip we are aiming to promote responsible pet ownership. By ensuring animals are desexed we can stop the cycle of unnecessary breeding, resulting in less unwanted animals needing to be sheltered and rehomed.”

Microchipping is a safe, simple and permanent method of identification, and one of the most effective ways to keep your cat safe. According to the New Zealand Companion Animal Register in the eight weeks following the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes, 85% of microchipped pets were home within three hours of being found. Of the non-chipped pets, 25% were home within 10 days of being found.
For more information, please contact:

Ros Alsford
Corporate Services Manager
Wellington SPCA

Ph. 021 111 1710