Three months in the New Plymouth Dog Pound turned out to be worth the wait for greyhound-retriever cross Mya.
The dog had been surrendered by her previous owner. Most dogs are rehomed between a few days and a month after being put up for adoption but even though Mya waited longer than most, NPDC’s Animal Control Officers knew she would make a great pet for someone.
Then she stole the hearts of Nathan Macnamara and Rosie Filmer.
“We definitely ended up better off getting a dog from the pound than from buying a dog privately,” says Mr Macnamara.
They paid just $219 for Mya, which covered desexing, microchipping and one year’s registration. Now Mya rules the roost at their New Plymouth home, which they share with another dog, Brie.
“Mya just fitted right in when we brought her home. She’s the boss – she calls the shots here,” says Mr Macnamara.
Says Ms Filmer: “She’s an amazing dog and a great pet.”
NPDC Animal Control Officer Stephanie Eyre says the three of them were made for each other. “I invested time and energy into her as I do with all the dogs in our care, so I was over the moon when this lovely couple walked in solely to see her,” she says.
“I did a follow-up check a few days after just to see how she was settling in and spoke to them about how I missed her.”
In year to the end of June, 495 dogs were admitted to the pound. Of these 282 dogs (57 per cent) were collected by their owners, 115 dogs (23 per cent) were sold to new owners and 98 dogs (20 per cent) were euthanized because they were not suitable for rehoming.
Animal Control Officers spend at least a week assessing the behaviour and temperament of every animal. So long as they judge a dog to be suitable for rehoming, they will try to find a caring home for it.
The $219 cost is considerably cheaper than the total cost of desexing, microchipping and registration done separately.
Animal Control Coordinator Karl Osten says ideally the pound would have no dogs.
“Every prospective owner should ask themselves if they have the time and resources to commit themselves to properly care for a dog for the dog’s lifetime,” says he says.
Dog registration fees cover almost two-thirds of the NPDC’s animal control operations, including the pound, which run 24/7.
Ms Eyre has developed a special attachment to three of the current dogs up for rehoming: black Labrador-Vizsla-cross Zoe, greyhound-terrier-cross Thorn and white pedigree boxer Charlie.
All three were surrendered by their owners and would make great household pets – for the right people.
“We like to assess prospective owners – not just to make sure they’ll look after the dog, but to make sure they get a dog that’s right for them,” says Ms Eyre. “We don’t want them taking a dog they can’t handle.”
To see which dogs are available for rehoming, check the Facebook page NP Pound.