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Monday, August 27, 2012

Wellington SPCA.








I thought I would introduce you to a few of my friends at the Wellington SPCA. I volunteer here every third Sunday evening. Last weekend I also bought my brand new camera (Nikon D3200, above the lens is the AF 50mm f/1.8d). 

The current building for the Wellington SPCA is in Newtown - it's a run down, patchwork kind of building that definitely isn't earthquake proof! But they have made what they can out of it. Luckily, they have now received the funding to go forward and relocate to an old hospital located on Mt Victoria that has been abandoned for years. It's a huge space and will now allow the SPCA to take in even more animals, and there is a huge need for it. 

I have to say, I volunteer on purely selfish reasons. I miss my cats from home (Bella, Zinzan, Neo and Belle - my brother's cat) so I head here to cuddle and play with them, socialise them, coax them out of their shells if they're a little shy (like the poor wee 5 month old sweethearts not pictured who were hidden in a knook squished up so they couldn't be seen), and give them something in return. It's nice and relaxing as well, to just sit on the floor and cuddle. 

I definitely would become a crazy cat lady if anyone let me. So don't. Four cats will be my limit in the future! 

11 comments:

  1. Ohh they are all beautiful! Good on you for volunteering, I use to do it and I'm thinking about starting up again :)

    Also YAY about the new camera!! Nikon all the way!! I'v been looking at 50mm 1.8 lenses this weekend, trying to decide between the d or the g!? The g is over double the price and I'm not sure it's really worth paying the extra, from what I can tell the quality is just as good from either!

    Emma x

    ps - I'm definitely a crazy cat lady as we'll, I have three but if I could I would have a lot more! Hehe.

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    1. I've got the d, but one annoying thing is it doesn't focus on my camera because the lens doesn't have a built in focusing motor. So it's all manual. If your camera has a built in focusing motor in the camera body, then it will be fine. the AF-S is what I actually need, not the AF.

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    2. Oh no that is annoying! At least your developing your skills at manually focusing I guess! Haha. Did you buy the camera and the lens together? Luckily I have a D90 which has the inbuilt focusing motor, so I can get either and it will autofocus :)

      I was looking at the D3200 on the Nikon website last night, it looks like a really good camera! My Dad is wanting to buy his first DSLR so I may have to show him the D3200!

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    3. I bought the twin lens kit and bought the 50mm separately. Thinking of just hanging onto it for now, until I pay off the entire lot on my credit card, then I'll probably sell it on trademe or something and buy the AF-S. Unless you want to buy it off me? Haha. I got it at a discounted rate anyway because my friend works at Harvey Norman.

      Although then I weigh up the pros and cons of having a lighter lens over the heavier, more expensive and apparently not as clear lens. The only issue with this one is that focusing with a moving subject is an issue (see the last photo - she moved so fast!).

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    4. Awesome, you're sorted for lenses then. Haha having friends that can get you discounts is always great!

      If I decide to go with the d I will buy it off you, if you're still wanting to sell it. You are right about the pros and cons though, I have watched so many youtube clips and read so many reviews on the d and the g and to be honest I can't really see much of a difference between the two, other than the fact one can autofocus on all Nikons and the other can't. Oh and the pretty big price difference as well! Haha.

      I'll let you know what I decide! :D

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    5. Yes, the price difference is the big thing! LOL. I have heard that the quality on the G isn't as good... I could just use this one in the meantime and wait for them to upgrade the quality and weight of the G... hmm. Anyway, I've bought it now and I'm playing with it and enjoying it! :)

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  2. Que monos!! http://theartist-mona.blogspot.com.es/

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  3. A great cause that you are giving your time for. I have recently started to support an animal shelter in Lux. It's something I have always wanted to do.

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  4. Awww kitties. Does the third one down have a really defined line down the middle of its face or am I just imagining it? If so that's pretty cool/unusual! I think any volunteer job is done for partially selfish reasons--people want to do something nice, they don't do if if they have no personal desire to do it. That doesn't make it any less great, or important! x

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    1. Yeah, she does. I think it's a genetic mutation where another foetus in the womb fuses with her? So that side of her face is completely different genetically to the other side. I THINK. Don't quote me on this, but there's a specific name for those kinds of cats!

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  5. Good on you for volunteering, aww I just want to hug them all! And yeah the third kitty down is super cute with her mix of colours.

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