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Pleasant story ends for most lockdown dogs in Palmerston North.

Stephen Collins adopted Nina the day before last year's Alert Level 4 lockdown and said he had no regrets.

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Stephen Collins adopted Nina the day before last year’s Alert Level 4 lockdown and said he had no regrets.

One of New Zealand’s first coveted 19 lockdown winners went to the dogs.

For the most part, homeowners have been reluctant to stay home for weeks in the past year.

The Palmerston North City Council, in its latest annual Dog Report, recorded a 3.61% increase in dog registration by the end of June, up from 8,695 to 9,021 last year.

Ross McDermott, leader of the City Council’s Animal Management and Education team, attributed the increase to the 2020 lockdown, which some see as an ideal time to adopt a pet.

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Nina enjoys walking around the house with Shi Zoo owner Stephen Collins.

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Nina enjoys walking around the house with Shi Zoo owner Stephen Collins.

One of the dogs in the city’s dog population was Shia Zoo, called Nina.

Owner Stephen Collins said he and his partner had wanted a dog for some time, but it never felt good.

Knowing they were going into lockdown, they hurried to Levine to find an 8-week-old dog whose breeder was ready to sell, and a day before Nina Alert Level 4 started, they Came home with

“It simply came to our notice then.

“With it, we can spend a lot of time at home, bonding and house training.”

Nina was adopted a day before last year's lockdown and is now enjoying wasting her time.

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Nina was adopted a day before last year’s lockdown and is now enjoying wasting her time.

Collins admitted that Nina was bad for the company, but he had no regrets.

Since returning to work, he has arranged daycare with the family, including playing time with another dog.

“There are many stories like Nina’s,” said Danny Ogger, SPCA’s area manager.

“About 8 weeks is the best time for a dog to socialize with its new family,” he said.

One of the ironies of the SPCA was that its pool of foster homes had shrunk since last year’s lockdown.

This was because many of their foster families, including those who came to help during the lockdown, were so attached to their charges during the extended stay that they adopted them, “the animal Is a success. “

The number of registered dogs in Palmerston North has increased since last year's lockdown, as many found it the best time to adopt.

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The number of registered dogs in Palmerston North has increased since last year’s lockdown, as many found it the best time to adopt.

“The good thing is we didn’t see the adoption fail when people went back to work.”

But not every lockdown dog story worked.

Lucy Langley, secretary of Pauze Animal Shelter New Zealand, said her organization was reluctant to allow impressive adoption, preferring to take the time to make sure new owners are ready for long-term commitments. Are

“It’s all great that people want to adopt in their spare time, but we need to look ahead.”

Langley said shelters have seen many failed adoption since the 2020 lockdown, with people wanting to surrender dogs obtained through other agencies.

Some people feel they don’t have time anymore. “Others have run out of income, and they can no longer afford to have pets,” he said.

McDermott said the city council has recorded a 1.5 percent increase in complaints since last year’s lockdown.

“We’ve seen an increase in the adoption of dogs …

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