Under Alert Level 2, our centre is open by appointment only for those picking up an adopted animal or dropping off/picking up a foster animal. Please call our centre to make an appointment on the number below. Strict physical distancing and health and safety measures will be enforced, including contact tracing. Members of the public cannot visit centres to view animals. We will maintain carrying out our adoptions using contactless methods through online enquiries.
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Under Alert Level 1 our centre can reopen, however, entry will be by appointment only. We ask anyone who would like to come to a centre to enquire about adopting, fostering, or volunteering to contact us first and make an appointment. You can make an appointment by calling our centre on the number provided below. If you are dropping off donations we would love to see you during our opening hours at any time.
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 Animal Home and Boarding Facilities.
All cruelty reports should be made by phone: (03) 688-2234 - Option 4
Do not email or Facebook us to report emergencies.
If you have an animal emergency outside of normal business hours, please contact us on 03 688 2234 Option 2.
For any problems with stray, found or lost dogs, please contact your local council.
Services we offer
Special thanks to the following individuals
Paws'n'Claws Op Shop Temuka - We are extremely grateful to Debbie and her helpers for all their hard work and dedication in supporting our centre.