Catherine Gaffaney is a general reporter based in Auckland.

Half-price puppies need loving homes

Alaska, up for adoption by the SPCA. Photo / SPCA
Alaska, up for adoption by the SPCA. Photo / SPCA

Thinking about getting a new family pet? Auckland SPCA is offering 50 dogs and puppies for adoption at half their normal price for the next two weeks.

Puppies under six months old are $142.50, dogs up to seven years old are $132.50 and dogs over seven are $80. The discounts are available until July 31.

Pups up for adoption: Washington and Hairy McLeary. Photos / SPCA
Pups up for adoption: Washington and Hairy McLeary. Photos / SPCA
Pups up for adoption: Madison and Chaplin. Photos / SPCA
Pups up for adoption: Madison and Chaplin. Photos / SPCA

Auckland SPCA veterinary manager Dr Shalsee Vigeant said the SPCA had become "extremely full".

"We haven't had half-price adoption fees for several years. We have more than 100 dogs at the moment so we had to do something."

She believed dog owners not getting their pets desexed was part of the reason the SPCA was so busy.

"I think there's a bit of a culture around not getting dogs desexed in New Zealand. It shouldn't be that way. Desexing doesn't do anything detrimental to the dogs.

"The SPCA offers cheaper desexing deals for community service card holders and a lot of vets offer low-cost options."

The SPCA accepts unwanted litters of puppies on the agreement the puppies' mother is desexed.

• Auckland SPCA has photos and profiles of the dogs up for half-price adoption on its website.

- Herald on Sunday

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