Pets

Papamoa’s princes

Frogs have been appearing overnight in Papamoa homes, to the delight of many residents. “If you find a frog in your house it's probably been attracted by the lights,” says Otago University's Professor Phil Bishop. “These... Read More

Animals pawing into heart

Have you got room in your heart for some extra love this Valentine's Day? Well, if you've got a paw print of room, Tauranga SPCA is the place to be. Tauranga SPCA's Valentines Second Chance For Love event is on February 18 from 10.30am... Read More

Dogs on bikes

Presley the dog from Papamoa is heading to Napier this weekend to help raise awareness for the SPCA. A six-year-old Jack Russell, Presley knows how to lean into the corners while on the back of his owner Jacques Vosloo's BMW GS Adventure bike. “People... Read More

Pleading for pet rabbits

There are about 116,000 rabbit house pets in New Zealand. Intelligent, like dogs, and trainable with a clicker, says house rabbit owner Holly Johnson. “You are supposed to get them fixed,” says Holly. “The females can die of uterine... Read More

Tauranga’s cat care entrepreneur

Finding work can be hard these days, so one enterprising Tauranga woman has started her own business instead. Twenty-two-year-old Bianca Bainbridge is on the Autism spectrum, which means finding regular, meaningful employment can be difficult. Recent... Read More

Giving your pooch time-out this summer

The summer holidays is the most sociable time of the year for humans – but does your dog love all of the constant attention? Well, they could be a social butterfly – but they may also want to ditch the partying and socialising at points. So... Read More

Roaming dogs killing sheep in Bellevue

Tauranga City council animal control officers are seeking help from the public in locating dogs that have been killing sheep in Bellevue over recent weeks. There have been three attacks on small mobs of sheep on two properties along Bellevue Road and... Read More

Pistachio’s going home to Otanewainuku

Pistachio the kiwi is finally ready to return home to the Otanewainuku Forest. The Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust is inviting the public to a special ceremony at the Oropi Memorial Hall and Community Centre to celebrate the release of Pistachio this Sunday,... Read More

Neo's journey back to puppyhood

Neo, the 50kg, 10-month-old, Bull Mastif X Great Dane has a heart as sweet as the look on his face. Rescued from the SPCA at five-months-old, poor Neo has always suffered from weakness in his hind legs and became very lame after walking down stairs. "We... Read More

Turbo Scotty joins Tauranga RDA

Tauranga Riding for the Disabled has a new team member thanks to a generous donation from Farmer Auto Village. His name is Turbo Scotty, and he's been brought in after three of the charity's horses moved on, including 30-year-old stalwart... Read More