Please note appointments must be made for adoptions.
Hours may differ on public holidays.
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The SPCA Centre in Timaru (formerly South Canterbury SPCA) was formed in April 1910 with the aim of upholding the animal welfare laws in South Canterbury and educating the public by using the services of a part-time inspector and several honorary inspectors. The Timaru Centre is responsible for animal welfare work within the South Canterbury region, reaching from the Rangitata River to the Waitaki River and inland to Twizel.
In 1960, SPCA purchased the current property at Hedley Road and officially opened the Animal Home on 22 April 1961, consisting of one house and a kennel block. More buildings were added over the years to form the Animal Home as it stands today.
Presently, one full-time Centre Manager is employed, along with two part-time employees. Several other staff help out at busy times, and volunteers are used on a daily basis to help run the centre and Boarding Facilities.
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.