SPCA New Zealand
SPCA in New Zealand

SPCA in New Zealand

​Together with our communities, SPCA has been protecting New Zealand’s animals for over 140 years – animals who are sick, injured, neglected, abused or simply abandoned.

  • Our Vision

    Our Vision

    All animal lives matter in our communities.
  • Our Purpose

    Our Purpose

    To advance animal welfare and prevent cruelty.
  • Our Values

    Our Values

    We are One, We are Kind, We are Brave, We Thrive, We Serve.

We are New Zealand’s oldest and largest animal welfare charity, with 35 centres across the country and over 35,000 animals coming through our centres each year.

SPCA is the only charity with the power to protect all animals including prosecuting people under the Animal Welfare Act 1999. We need $47m to operate and we receive $2.5m from the government each year, which is earmarked for the Inspectorate.

Our organisation’s founding ethos is ‘to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves’. With your support, we deliver this every day through our vision, values and policies.

SPCA Patron - Governor-General of New Zealand

SPCA is delighted to have The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO as our Patron.

Dame Patsy is a dedicated supporter of animal welfare in New Zealand and supports SPCA’s advocacy, education programmes, prosecutions and animal rescue work.

Our structure

SPCA is an incorporated society, led by a CEO and a Senior Leadership Team, and governed by a voluntary Board of Directors.

Our strategic objectives

  • Advocate and influence
  • Educate and engage
  • Deliver positive animal outcomes
  • Seek justice

Our facilities

Facilities at SPCA Centres and Vet Partnerhsips vary greatly throughout New Zealand. Our centres rely heavily on help from volunteers in order to carry out their day-to-day operations. We have 77 warranted inspectors across the country who investigate complaints of cruelty and to enforce the Animal Welfare Act 1999.

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