SPCA New Zealand is a charity that helps protect animals who are sick, injured, lost, abused or simply abandoned. Every year, our 45 SPCA Centres across the country receive 60,000 animals through their doors and 14,000 animal welfare complaints.

As a charity, we rely almost entirely on the generosity of New Zealanders to carry out our life-saving work, as we receive only a small amount of government funding. The majority of our income comes from public donations, bequests and our own fundraising initiatives.

We are the only charity with the power to prosecute people under the Animal Welfare Act 1999.

Our Mission

To advance the welfare of all animals in New Zealand by:

  • Preventing cruelty to animals
  • Alleviating suffering of animals
  • Promoting our policies through education and advocacy 

How is the workload shared?

The Society operates at two levels - national and district.

At the National level, SPCA National Support Office:

  • Coordinates the activities of the 45 SPCA branches and member societies across the country
  • Handles inspector training throughout the country
  • Coordinates our national education programmes
  • Arranges national fundraising promotions, such as SPCA Cupcake Day
  • Coordinates the national SPCA Blue Tick Accreditation Scheme
  • Represents the SPCA on government committees
  • Handles major prosecutions which have national implications
  • Promotes and handles all approaches to government for new and amended legislation relating to animal welfare
  • Liaises with overseas and international welfare groups

At the district level, local SPCAs:

  • Investigate and deal with complaints of cruelty and neglect
  • Uphold the laws relating to the treatment of animals and take prosecutions where necessary
  • Give sanctuary to animals in distress
  • Rehome suitable animals where possible
  • Ensure that animals which cannot be kept alive for whatever reason are humanely euthaniased
  • Assist with public education
  • Promote responsible pet ownership

Meet some of our team


Raj is an SPCA Inspector. As an SPCA Inspector, Raj’s primary role is to respond to calls about the ill-treatment...

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As part of this dedicated team, SPCA’s Canine Attendants provide daily care of dogs and puppies within their SPCA Centre...

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Shalsee is a Veterinarian, SPCA Veterinarians treat sick and injured animals, they provide general and critical animal care...

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Jenna is one of SPCA’s Senior Feline Attendants. An SPCA Feline Attendant makes sure all the cats in our adoption area are well looked after...

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Like Jenna, Justine is one of SPCA’s Feline Attendants. Justine knows a lot about cats, but she is also an expert on small animals like rabbits...

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Working on a farm requires knowledge of farm animals, a good level of fitness and thorough understanding of health and safety practices...

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SPCA simply could not function without the help of the fantastic volunteers who donate their time...

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