Keeping pets is a human tradition dating back thousands of years. However cats and dogs have a natural instinct to hunt and can cause damage to New Zealand's native species. You can help control your pets to protect wildlife.
Did you know in 1987, over six weeks, a single dog on the loose in Waitangi State Forest killed 500 of the 900 kiwi living there? Find out the impacts pets can have on New Zealand's wildlife.
Learn about some of the wildlife most vulnerable to attack by pets and what can be done to prevent these incidents.
Public awareness and enforcement are two ways DOC is working to stop pets from destroying New Zealand's native wildlife.
Be a responsible pet owner. Learn what you can do to reduce the chances of your pets coming into conflict with native wildlife.
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