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Under Alert Level 2 our Centre is only open by appointment. We ask anyone who would like to come to the Centre with enquiries about adoptions, fostering and volunteering, to contact us first and make an appointment. You can do so by visiting the relevant page on our website or by calling our Centre on the number provided above. Physical distancing, mask-wearing, and contact tracing measures will be in place.
SPCA's Nelson Centre was first established in 1896. We are lucky enough to be situated on 10 acres of land close to Nelson city, and our facilities are testament to the incredible support we receive from our community. We have seven members of staff here, with various areas of interest and expertise. We also have three warranted Animal Welfare Inspectors who cover a vast area between Marlborough, Golden Bay, Springs Junction and the West Coast.
The Nelson Centre has a large group of dedicated volunteers who do a range of jobs: cleaning (of course!), dog walking and training, cat care, paperwork, gardening, fostering, fund-raising and whatever else we ask of them! We are extremely lucky to have such a great team of volunteers and supporters.
We care for around 1800 animals each year, mostly cats and kittens. We also have a few resident birds and farm animals who cannot be rehomed for one reason or another, and these contribute to our Centre being a popular destination for families and community groups.
We have a small retail shop at the Centre which sells pet care, training and food products.
Due to limited space and resources, unfortunately SPCA does not usually accept owned animals into our care.
As a charity, we do not have sufficient space and resources to provide a rehoming service for owned animals, and have to prioritise sick, stray or injured animals.
If you need to rehome your pet, please click here for advice.