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Happily ever afters for pets

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rustrated by the lack resources available for immediate help when their beloved family cat, Sammy went missing, Kim Buchanan founded Pets on the Net. A national wide online service, Pets on the Net allows instant access to online advertising for locating missing family pets, reuniting thousands of pets every year. Not just for finding cats and dogs, they have even been known to reunite the odd sheep and pet pukeko with their human families. Running since 2002 Pets on the Net works in tandem with other animal services such as the SPCA, NZ Companion Animal Register (NZCAR), NZ Companion Animal Council and the NZ Vet Association. Due to the advent of the internet, Kim says that it has presented an even greater challenge for people seeking lost pets. “With the creation of so many lost and found Facebook pages and websites, it has only made it harder for people by creating many more haystacks in which to search for lost needles. This is why the SPCA and NZCAR strongly support and deem our service to be the one single effective system for lost and found pets in New Zealand.” As well as providing this valuable resource for pet owners across the country, Pets on the Net also offers a rehoming service, giving pets a second chance and owners the peace of mind to rehome their pets if their circumstances change and they can no longer care for them.

Run from Kim’s home in the picturesque Coromandel Peninsula, the service is available 24/7 throughout New Zealand. Although the service remains free even after 14 years, the running costs are covered by the optional advertising upgrades available

on the Net has been a lifesaver for both owners and their pets, and is the best port of call when looking for a lost pet. This can also be ideal for those looking to take on a pet that has already been house trained. Within the 14 years Kim has been

Cat rescuer Antoinette was diagnosed with terminal cancer and needed to rehome her seven timid rescue cats. It was probably one of the most satisfying things we’ve done to help make this lovely lady’s last wish come true.”

to give your ads priority and therefore increasing your pet’s exposure. “Despite being a free service, it surprisingly costs a lot of money to run each month, so we offer additional pet services through the website as another source of revenue to continue running this community service,” explains Kim. For people looking to rehome pets, Pets

running the site she says there have been many heart warming stories that make her job so worthwhile. In the aftermath of the quakes when their service extended beyond the regular happy endings for owners and their pets many personal tales emerged. One adoption in Christchurch was particularly special, Kim recounts. “It was as heartwarming as it was heartbreaking.

Find your lost pet, adopt a new one, or find a new home for your pet, and any other pet related services, visit www.petsonthenet. co.nz.

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