Pet fret begets Snaps

Snapping to it...Snaps op-shop owner Pauline Tinker (left) and volunteer helper Kathy Nicholl run a second-hand business in Mataura. The proceeds from the shop will subsidise the cost to owners of spaying or neutering cats and dogs. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON


Pauline Tinker has come up with a snappy idea to fix one of her pet peeves- abandoned young animals.

The Edendale woman has started an animal welfare charity op-shop called Snaps in Mataura’s Bridge St.

Snaps is an acronym for spay, neuter, adopt a pet, protect against unwanted kittens and puppies and stop all cruelty.

Ms Tinker said she was motivated to start the shop because of the abandoned cats and kittens she saw.

“It concerns me there is a lot of starving cats and kittens running around.

“It would be nice if the only cats and dogs around were the ones that were planned and wanted.”

She did not want to see any more neglected animals.

“I’ve caught up to half a dozen [cats] around Mataura and taken them to the SPCA.”

“I’ve got seven cats and one dog but I’ve always had horses or cats or dogs or lambs or calves or guinea pigs.

“In a perfect world there’d be no starving cats, no starving dogs, no abused animals at all.”

She had a reputation about the town for loving animals and people tended to bring her the stray cats they found.

“I’m the crazy cat lady.”

Her plan was to raise money through the shop to help subsidise the neutering or spaying of animals.

“I want to make the cost of neutering more available for people so they can get their cats fixed instead of having litter after litter.”

While she would eventually draw a small salary from the sale of items in the shop, it was a non-profit business.

“The more money I make, the more animals I can get desexed.”

Ms Tinker used to manage the Mataura SPCA shop and after it closed decided to start Snaps.

She is being helped in the shop by volunteer Kathy Nicholl.

Combined Vet Services, Gore (CVS) and the Edendale Veterinary Clinic were involved in the project, she said.

At the start of the month the first six male cats, first six female cats and the first six dogs booked into CVS would receive the discount, she said.

There was no set number for the Edendale clinic.

Owners would pay part of the cost male cats and $50 for females rest.

Snaps would also pay $100 towards the costs of neutering and spaying dogs.

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