SPCA New Zealand

Ready to welcome a new furry family member? Take advantage of 25% off adoption fees 13-28 April only. Help us Clear the Shelters these school holidays!

Start your journey together
Animal Advocacy

Position Statements

Keeping People and Pets Together

​SPCA supports efforts to keep animals healthy and happy in their existing home or community through supportive services, including education, supplies and other resources.

SPCA supports keeping people and their companion animals together, whenever it is possible, appropriate and in the best interests of both the animal and person to do so, and believes this should be a priority for the animal welfare community and for society as a whole.

Poverty, increased cost-of-living, structural inequality, and age-related issues create obstacles to access veterinary and pet services similar to the challenges and barriers to accessing healthy food, education, jobs, health care and housing. Many of the reasons for relinquishment are short-term challenges that may be resolvable with supportive services; research shows that people would choose to explore safety net options when they are made aware of them and given proper support.

The rising cost of living has impacted shelters and pounds, resulting in slowing of adoptions, reduced foster capacity, and increased length of stay for animals in their care. The shelter environment is inherently stressful for animals and increased length of stay is associated with increased risk of health and behavioural problems. Getting animals into foster and adoption homes is important for the welfare of these animals.

(See Pet Friendly Communities for more information)

Hello! Choose your nearest SPCA Centre and see content specific to your location:
Hit enter to submit