the SPCA has extended its Central Otago Snip ‘n’ Chip programme to offer the free desexing and micro-chipping service to every dog and cat owner in the region, not just those with a Community Services Card.
SPCA Otago Southland area manager Sophie McSkimming said as the uptake had been a bit slow since the programme was launched at the beginning of July, they changed the criteria last week to allow everyone access to the free services. Bookings can be made through firstname.lastname@example.org
‘‘More than 70 people have registered since the change.
‘‘It is only for Central Otago at the moment and just until we run out of money.
‘‘It will save unwanted pregnancies.’’
The SPCA runs the programme in partnership with Vetlife Alexandra, Wanaka and Cromwell, as well as Remarkable Vets in Queenstown.
‘‘It is a really great programme and people should take advantage if they can.’’
The SPCA is also looking for volunteers to run its Alexandra Op Shop.
She said it currently opened on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but would open more often if they could get more volunteers.
If anyone wishes to be involved they can contact Central Otago Operations coordinator Emily Kerr on email@example.com