All dogs at Christchurch Council Council pound re-homed

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Jun 20, 2022 |

All dogs that have ended up at the Christchurch City Council pound this year have been homed.

The Animal Management team’s policy of reuniting dogs with their owners has seen only 565 of the 2,246 lost dogs come through the Shelter doors this year.

And of those 565, all were either adopted or ended up back home – none were euthanised.

Christchurch City Council Animal Services Manager Lionel Bridger said “it’s like a badge of honour. Our team work hard with every single dog that comes through our door to make sure they either get back to their owners, or go to a loving, new home that’s the right fit for them.”

All dogs that can’t be returned home immediately because they don’t have a microchip or their owners cannot be contacted head to the Animal Shelter in Bromley.

When they arrive, they’re checked to make sure there are no injuries that require vet treatment.

“If they do, we take care of that and the dog is scanned again to double check that it’s not chipped.”

The dogs get their own kennel, bedding and high quality food that suits whatever age the dog is. They’re fed twice a day and exercised every day in a large paddock to give them a good run and sniff around.

“We have a few repeat visitors that I think like to come to the shelter just for the food.”

While this is happening, staff are also busy trying every means possible to locate their owners.

“We call, we put letters in their letterboxes, use social media. But unfortunately not all dog owners come forward.”

If an owner cannot be found, the dogs are assessed and if their temperate is suitable, they’re put up for adoption.

“Dogs that have temperamental issues are held until they can be rehomed to Dog Watch or Bull Breed rescue where these two organisations do a lot of work with the dogs until they can be rehomed to a new family.”

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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