SPCA New Zealand

SPCA Street Appeal 2019

4-10 March 2019
New Zealand

Waikato woman prosecuted after her dog was found emaciated

Our SPCA Annual Appeal is back! And we need your help!

Calling all animal lovers! Will you volunteer with team SPCA as a street collector this March? We are hitting the streets of New Zealand between March 4-10 to collect vital funds for animals in need!

Last year our street appeal volunteers raised $335,000 for abused, neglected and injured animals across New Zealand. And this year we desperately need your help to secure a better future for animals in need.

Just a few hours of your time can make such a huge difference. It will help our Inspectors rescue animals, give them love, care, and a warm bed, and will help them find new homes with their loving forever families.

To join our Annual Street Appeal, all you need to do is:

  1. Gather your friends: both furry and human!
  2. Register as a volunteer: you can do as little as two hours or longer!
  3. Help raise as much money as possible
Signing up for two hours of collecting makes a lifetime of difference for neglected and injured animals across the country. Pets are welcome to join in on the fun, with dogs, goats, horses, and even a llama and a chicken accompanying their owners in the past and taking part to encourage donations from generous Kiwis.

We are collecting in 32 regions across New Zealand, so matter where you are, there will be locations not far from you!

To join Team SPCA at our Street Appeal

  • Register as a volunteer here
  • Want to start fundraising straight away? Create an online fundraising page here and share with friends and family that won't be able to donate on the day!

We can’t wait to have you on board Team SPCA. For any questions about collection locations, call 09 256 7312 or email fundraise4spca@spca.nz.

Collecting with dogs

Here at the SPCA, we love our pets just as much as you do. We recognise that animals, especially dogs, are hard to resist and greatly assist in bringing in more donations when out collecting. We fully support collecting with your pets but we ask that you consider your animal’s personality, temperament, age and health before bringing them with you.

DON’T bring your pet with you if it:

  • Is scared of children
  • Growls when protective or suspicious
  • Nips or bites when provoked
  • Is not fully vaccinated
  • Is unwell
  • Is nervous in large crowds
  • Barks at strangers
  • Does not like being touched
  • Is not well mannered (will not sit or lie down when asked)

DO bring your pet with you if it:

  • Is fully vaccinated
  • Enjoys meeting new people
  • Is tolerant of children
  • Loves being touched
  • Is healthy
  • Is well socialised
  • Is well mannered (will sit and lie down on command)

When taking your pet collecting with you please remember:

  • Fresh water
  • A towel or blanket for your pet to sit on
  • A favourite toy to prevent boredom
  • Regular breaks
  • Ensure you have shade for your dog
  • Monitor your dog for signs of stress
  • Limit your collection time to 2 hours

Please note that unless you have a Guide Dog, Mobility Dog, Hearing Dog or other certified service animal, as a rule you are not allowed to take your animal indoors at your collection site.

Many dogs love getting out and meeting people but, to make sure your dog is enjoying fundraising as much as you are, be aware of these subtle signs of stress:

  • Leaning away
  • Turning face and/or body away
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Eyebrows furrowed
  • Closed, tight lipped mouth
  • oEars pulled sideways and back
  • Stiff, tense body
  • “Whale” eye (when a dog shows the whites of their eyes.)
  • Dilated pupils
  • Low, tucked-in body posture
  • Lip licking or air licking
  • Paw lifted

Additional signs of stress include:

  • Hyper vigilance
  • Yawning
  • Growling
  • Excessive panting and drooling
  • Refusing treats they would normally eat
  • Shaking off (as if they are shaking off water)

Even the friendliest dogs can become overwhelmed. If your dog is showing signs of stress, remove them from the situation.

Top tips for dog safety

Do not let someone hug your dog

While some dogs may tolerate and even enjoy hugs, many dogs do not like being hugged, especially by strangers. Instead, encourage children (and adults) to let your dog approach them and show them how to give the kind of cuddles most dogs enjoy, such as stroking their chest and giving a good butt scratch.

Never punish a dog for growling

Most dog bites occur because subtle signs of stress and discomfort are ignored. Punishing a dog for growling is very effective at stopping this behaviour, removing one of your dog’s best tools for letting you know when they are uncomfortable. Punishment is also unlikely to make them feel more positively towards their trigger. Instead of punishing your dog, remove them from the situation and work on training a positive association with their trigger in a less stressful environment.

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