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Companion Animals in New Zealand 2016

The 2011 study into companion animals in this country has been updated and the 2016 report is now available from the NZ Companion Animal Council.  Download it here.


Companion Animals in New Zealand 2016

There are lots of facts, figures and data quoted in the report.

Things I noticed in my first reading include:

  • 13% of dog owners prepare homemade food specifically for their animals (yes!)
  • The vast majority of people who have companion animals view them as members of the family.  As such, many trends seen in human wellness and wellbeing are mirrored in pet care.
  • The gender and age profiles of the veterinary profession are changing.  Younger veterinarians are more likely to be female than male.
  • Visits to the vet represent one of the most significant areas of expenditure for households with companion animals (that’s probably not a surprise to most of you).
  • Expenditure on pet insurance has increased by 133% from 2011.

If you are interested in the care of your animals, then this report is well worth downloading.  See how you stack up in terms of the statistics and trends.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

Animal Welfare Act Review workshop

An invitation is extended to all interested parties who would like to take part in a forum to share ideas in the review of the Animal Welfare Act planned for later this year (2012).

It is proposed that this open forum will allow each organisation to bring their ideas for improvements to the Act to share and explore as a collective so that their thoughts may be reinforced and enhanced with additional  views.  In this informal setting much can be achieved and uniformity will result.  Bring your ideas and your ideals and emerge with a stronger resolve.

Date: Friday 3rd August 2012

Time: Commences at 11am, concludes around 4pm (with lunch in the middle!)

Venue: Auckland SPCA Education Centre, (Harrison Room), 50 Westney Road, Mangere, Auckland

If you wish to attend the Animal Welfare Act Review workshop please confirm your attendance no later than Thursday 26th July 2012 by emailing Michelle Clay, Secretary of the NZ Companion Animal Council at michelle.clay@xtra.co.nz