Kapi-Mana News : October 30th 2012
21 KAPI-MANA NEWS, OCTOBER 30, 2012 OPINION / NEWS Saturday 3 November, 8am -- 11am Summerset at Aotea is supporting a great cause this weekend with our garage sale. Selling household items, building materials, and lots more. Also check out the cake stall -- lots of delicious goodies. Find us at 15 Aotea Drive, Aotea. For more information please call 04 235 0011. GARAGE SALE AT SUMMERSET SUPPORTING WELLINGTON FREE AMBULANCE EXCELLENCE AWARDS BUSINESS PORIRUA CITY // 2012 TICKETS ON SALE For all the information go to www.poriruachamber.co.nz Te Rauparaha Arena Thursday 22 November Doors open 6pm // Awards start 7pm Dinner & drinks › Tickets $100 +GST per person Awards night Tableof 8=$800+GST Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 239 6140 to book. 4961959AA Potential patient: Wild creatures, such as kingfishers, are sometimes brought to vets, who generally see it as their duty to treat the animals the best they can. Photo: SUPPLIED Vets bound to treat the wildPET TAILS with Dr Ian Schraa Every week we see sick and injured wildlife brought to our clinics, as do most veterinary practices around New Zealand. They might be rabbits grabbed by cats or dogs, seagulls with fishing lines twisted around their legs, pukekos, ducks or ducklings hit by cars, mice munched by cats, sick hedgehogs riddled with mange, ring- worm and fleas, fledgling birds that have fallen out of nests and even the occasional injured kingfisher, hawk or penguin. Most vets see it as part and parcel of their duty and interest in helping all animals to offer help to these wild ones. It is also a bit of a change from the regular cats and dogs we see. The most exciting one I have dealt with in New Zealand was a kiwi, who we did surgery on when I worked in rural practice in Patea. IntheUKIdealtwithafoxanda wild deer, both hit by cars. We try our best to give wild anim- als initial treatment, such as treat- ing them for shock, open wounds and dehydration. Unfortunately, many are required to be humanely euthanased. If they survive then we try to sort somewhere out for their convalesc- ence. There are a number of options. The Conservation Department can be contacted for advice and help with native animals. It may be required to be contacted for certain protected animals. We have a number of caring and generous helpers in the community who we can contact to help with vari- ous birds, including ducks and sea- birds. Our vets and vet nurses often vol- unteer to help care for young birds and hedgehogs. They do a great job, and it is satisfying to release a wild animal after a period of care. The SPCA occasionally helps but generally has enough on its plate with the regular pets and farm anim- als.Wild cats will only be considered if they can be safely handled and, by definition, not many wild cats can. The Cats Protection League may help similarly. Either way we do what we can, funded by our time and money, hop- ing the payback will be a wild animal we can safely release back to nature. Dr Ian Schraa is an experienced veterinarian and the owner of Rap- paw Veterinary Care. Tawa parade planned The Tawa Community Christ- mas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 1. The Lions Club of Tawa parade convener Alastair Camp- bell says planning is well under way for the event. The club has organised the parade each year since 1999. Past parades have generally been well supported by various community groups, and this year should be no exception, says Mr Campbell. Any busi- ness, organisation or community group that wishes to participate, but has not already been approached, should contact Ken Coad on 232 2475. Mr Campbell says it is a great opportunity for local organis- ations to showcase themselves to the community, and many groups welcome the annual event to display their member- ship and activities to the public. Entrants are to assemble at Tawa School in Oxford Street at 1pm with the parade commenc- ing at 2pm. The parade route is from Oxford Street on to Main Road (by Mexted Motors) through the town shopping centre and on to Surrey Street. Road traffic will be diverted through Tawa, Duncan and McLennan streets for the duration of the parade, until about 2.45pm.
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