Frequently asked questions

What is WISCA’s mission?

* To reduce the number of unwanted animals through our de-sexing programs.
* Provide a second chance for companion animals in need.
* Promote our philosophy of being a Pro-Life shelter.
* Encourage and educate the public.

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Does WISCA have a no-kill policy?

WISCA is a Pro Life Shelter. this means that we will not euthanise any animal unless it is deemed by a vet to be suffering. Once we accept an animal into our care, we see it through to an adoption.

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What happens to donations made to WISCA?

Donations go towards our upkeep and overheads, vet costs and de-sexing animals for the community.

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What should I do if I see a dog left in a hot car?

If you see a dog left in a hot car, ring the council on 0800 462 685. if it is displaying signs of extreme over-heating i.e., is passed out, lethargic or panting, call the police on 111.

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What do I do if I find a stray cat/dog/rabbit etc.?

If the animal has a tag with its owner’s number, try that first. If the animal is a dog and has no tag, ring the council on 0800 462 685. Otherwise call us on 372 5222.

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Does WISCA help with de-sexing?

Yes, absolutely. This is where a lot of our money goes. We often have free de-sexing campaigns available and if not, we can subsidise.

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What should I feed my pet?

We suggest you feed the best food possible depending on your financial position. We strongly recommend Hills Pet Nutrition. It is important to feed an age-appropriate diet, as different life stages have different nutritional requirements.

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I have found an injured bird, what do I do?

All injured native birds need to be referred to Karen at Native Bird Rescue on 0204 739 464. For all non-native birds, please contact Inga on 372 6744

Click here for some good advice.

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What should I do if my pet goes missing?

For dogs, please contact the council. For cats, contact WISCA. Always make sure your pet's microchip details are up to date, and that you have a recent photo of them.

Please check our Lost and Found page, and post to the Waiheke Lost & Found Pets Facebook page & other community pages. Distribute flyers and posters of your missing fluffed around the island. Click here for more advice.

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I have found injured wildlife, what do I do?

If you find any injured animal, first call is always to the vet.

Oneroa (3, Tui Street) - 372 8484 Ostend (30, Putiki Road) - 372 8387

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Can WISCA organise micro-chipping?

Yes we do. We can provide discounted and even free chipping thanks to one of our sponsors, NZ Companion Animal Trust.