SPCA New Zealand
Advice & welfare

Breeding Companion Animals

Companion Animals

SPCA advocates that prospective animal owners acquire their companion animal from SPCA centres or other reputable animal rescue organisations, where possible.

By acquiring their companion animals from reputable animal rescue organisations, people can help an individual animal, alleviate the problems caused by oversupply, and assist in reducing the problem of unwanted companion animals.

SPCA opposes the breeding of puppies, kittens and other animals in both private and commercial undertakings without regard to the availability of good homes.

Prospective owners should not purchase animals from breeders whose primary motivation for breeding is to produce large numbers of animals for profit. These operations are sometimes referred to as “puppy/kitten farms”.

SPCA advocates for independent regulation and inspection of all breeding establishments and that, where possible for that species, all animals should be microchipped prior to sale or rehoming and microchips registered. Where possible for that species, all animals should be desexed prior to sale or rehoming, unless sold or rehomed to a registered breeder.

(See Pet Shops and Online Sales for more details)

SPCA opposes excessive breeding from individual females and is concerned about the removal of offspring from their mothers before natural weaning would take place.

The age, health status, and breeding history of female animals should be considered before making breeding decisions.

SPCA supports responsible breeding practices which prioritise animal welfare and advocates for desexing of non-breeding animals.

(See Selective Breeding for more details)

SPCA encourages people to desex their companion animals before they reach puberty (unless they are responsible licenced breeders).

(See Desexing for more details)

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