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Temporary Housing of Companion Animals Code of Welfare

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Temporary Housing of Companion Animals
Code of Welfare
1 October 2018

The Code of Welfare for Temporary Housing of Companion Animals has now been issued
and will come into effect 1 October 2018.

The code sets out minimum standards and best practice guidelines for the management
of animals in temporary housing facilities including the provision of food and
water, temperature and lighting, air and water quality, behaviour, health and
disease, and sale or rehoming.

Temporary housing facilities include but are not limited to animal welfare centres,
council pounds, boarding kennels and catteries, pet shops, and animal daycare
centres. The Code does not apply to temporary housing of animals by their owners,
for instance at shows or exhibitions, nor does it apply to animals being held
temporarily within foster homes or training facilities.

The code can be accessed at the Ministry for Primary Industries website:

Find out about codes of welfare, their relationship to the Animal Welfare Act 1999, and how they help improve animal management and care.
 From the report on the code
companion animals?
5. Many establishments temporarily house companion animals within New Zealand. A temporary housing facility may be owned and managed by a public or private organisation, or by an individual person, a welfare organisation, a government department or a local authority. It may be commercial, non-profit or a charitable organisation and include (but is not limited to): boarding establishments, pet shops, animal welfare centres, shelters and pounds, quarantine/isolation facilities, grooming establishments, animal wholesale facilities and daycare centres. While boarding establishments attached to veterinary clinics are covered by this code, veterinary clinics housing animals that are undergoing veterinary treatment or supervision are not covered.
. In this Code these needs are described in the areas of competency and animal handling, food and feeding, assessment on admittance, general health, contagious diseases, providing for behavioural needs, housing design and construction, facility management, quarantine/isolation management, contingency planning for emergencies, sale and rehoming, euthanasia and quality assurance.

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