Happy ending to a tail of two Nelsons

HE'S 'THE ONE': South Island couple Kylie McGinn and Jimmy Ponsford (middle) drove 767 kilometres from Mapua, near Nelson, to Gisborne to collect the appropriately-named Nelson (right, front). As soon as he saw him, Jimmy thought “he’s the one”. Gisborne District Council animal control team leader Ross Hannam (also pictured) could not be happier to see another abandoned animal find a new home. Pictures supplied
Nelson with his new best mate Louis.

The big grins said it all. And the humans looked pretty happy, too.

Mapua man Jimmy Ponsford had been looking for the right dog for three years.

After seeing English mastiff rottweiler- cross Nelson listed on Trade Me on behalf of Gisborne District Council’s animal control he was smitten.

“I’d been looking for a dog for a while,” says Jimmy. “I kept an eye on Trade Me. When I saw his face I thought ‘that’s the one’.”

After a couple of phone interviews, Jimmy and partner Kylie McGinn drove all the way from Mapua, near Nelson, to Gisborne to collect Nelson.

This was a first for animal control.

The pound had flown cats and dogs as far as Gore and Invercargill before but no one had ever driven up to collect an animal, said animal control team leader Ross Hannam.

The Mapua couple brought with them their dog Louis to make sure he and Nelson would get on.

They hit it off straight away, said Jimmy.

“This dog’s amazing. He is so nice. He fits right in. It was worth making the trip.”

Jimmy is grateful to the pound and its volunteers.

“It’s amazing the work they do to rehome animals. They’re really passionate about it. It saddens me people still buy dogs from breeders.”

The pound worked hard to rehome abandoned animals, said Ross.

“If the owner has the dog, they have to look after it. If we have the dog, we have to look after it.

“It’s better for the owner to look after it

The big grins said it all. And the humans looked pretty happy, too.

Mapua man Jimmy Ponsford had been looking for the right dog for three years.

After seeing English mastiff rottweiler- cross Nelson listed on Trade Me on behalf of Gisborne District Council’s animal control he was smitten.

“I’d been looking for a dog for a while,” says Jimmy. “I kept an eye on Trade Me. When I saw his face I thought ‘that’s the one’.”

After a couple of phone interviews, Jimmy and partner Kylie McGinn drove all the way from Mapua, near Nelson, to Gisborne to collect Nelson.

This was a first for animal control.

The pound had flown cats and dogs as far as Gore and Invercargill before but no one had ever driven up to collect an animal, said animal control team leader Ross Hannam.

The Mapua couple brought with them their dog Louis to make sure he and Nelson would get on.

They hit it off straight away, said Jimmy.

“This dog’s amazing. He is so nice. He fits right in. It was worth making the trip.”

Jimmy is grateful to the pound and its volunteers.

“It’s amazing the work they do to rehome animals. They’re really passionate about it. It saddens me people still buy dogs from breeders.”

The pound worked hard to rehome abandoned animals, said Ross.

“If the owner has the dog, they have to look after it. If we have the dog, we have to look after it.

“It’s better for the owner to look after it

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