We are always grateful for donations of quality goods - either for use at our animal centres or for sale at one of our many opshops across the country.
Goods for use at our centres
If you're looking to donate items to be used in our animal centres, then we need:
- Cat/kitten toys (plastic is best), ping pong balls and fabric tunnels
- Dog/puppy toys – tough rubber toys, such as Kongs are best
- Rabbit/Guinea pig enrichment items, such as fleece tunnels/tiles/hay racks/feed balls; and toys (hard plastic baby toys work perfectly)
- Interactive or slow feeders, and food bowls
- Litter trays and cat litter
- Scratching posts
- Carry cages (ideally top-loaders with a plastic bottom and wire top so we can clean them to a high standard)
- Kids' plastic climbing frames
- Dog kennels and beds
- Rabbit hutches
- Blue shell pools
- Old newspapers
- Towels, sheets, duvet covers and blankets (especially polar fleece blankets) – but please NO duvet inners, pillows or pillow cases, mattresses, bean bags or electric blankets
- Dishwashing detergent and washing powder
- Unopened pet food that we can give out to the community – particularly wet kitten and puppy food
Any unused and unwanted medication should primarily be taken to your vet to use or dispose of. If you wish to donate medication to us, please call the relevant centre first to check that it's something we can use.
If you would like to donate any of these items, they can be dropped to your local SPCA centre
Can't get to your centre? Drop your donation off at your nearest Op Shop and it will find its way to the animal centre.
If you have furniture, or any other bulky items, some opshops can pick up from your house. Just check on the opshop profile whether there is a pickup phone number for your area.
If you can't get to an Opshop, drop your pre-loved goods to your nearest SPCA centre instead.
SPCA's Community Pet Food Pantry
Here at SPCA, we do our best to care for all animals – those who come into our care, those on the streets, and those living in a family home.
You may have seen our SPCA Community Pet Food Pantry at various supermarkets across New Zealand. At SPCA we are very lucky to have Purina provide us with nutritious food for cats and dogs in our care. This is extremely valuable as it means we never have to worry about the thousands of animals who come through our doors going hungry.
However, not everyone in New Zealand is as lucky. This is why we have set up SPCA Community Pet Food Pantry in local supermarkets. When animal owners are going through financially difficult times, this generously donated food provides emergency assistance for their pets.
SPCA Inspectors use SPCA Community Pet Food Pantry donations for their work in the community, such as responding to a request for help from a struggling animal owner.
Often these periods of hardship are short-term. In these cases, the best thing for an animal is to leave them in their loving home. Taking them away can cause unnecessary stress, and impact on the animal’s wellbeing. Our Inspectors will, of course, intervene when an animal is at risk but if their owners just need a helping hand when they’re having a tough week then that is what we’ll do. This food helps tide them over until they can get back on their feet.
Our foster families also use SPCA Community Pet Food Pantry donations to feed any cats or dogs in their care. We also share this food with other rescue organisations so that all pets have a chance.
We know you agree with us when we say that we believe that every pet deserves a full belly when they go to sleep at night – whether they’re at a shelter or at home. Thank you for allowing us to support struggling pet owners as a community.
When you do your shopping and choose to donate to your local SPCA Community Pet Food Pantry, you are helping to keep pets and their families together.