SPCA New Zealand

SPCA COVID-19 Updates

07 September 2021
SPCA COVID-19 Updates

Latest updates

Tuesday 7 September - COVID-19 L2 Update

In line with the recent Government announcement, the rest of the country outside of Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 from 11.59pm tonight. This will mean some slight changes to the way we’re operating, and we wanted to let you know what this means for SPCA services in the region:

  • Our SPCA Centres are open only by appointment and will have physical distancing, mask-wearing and contact tracing measures in place.
  • 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. As always, you can browse animals available for adoption here and enquire about them online, our team will then be in touch to discuss next steps. You can find all our volunteer and foster opportunities here.
  • Our SPCA Centres can now accept donated goods for our animals. You can find a list of the items our SPCA Centres accept here.
  • Under Alert Level 2, our larger Op Shops that are able to safely social distance will open and resume accepting donations as normal. Physical distancing, mask-wearing and contact tracing measures will be in place for everyone who comes into our Op Shops.
  • SPCA inspectors, field officers and ambulance drivers have been an essential service through all Alert Levels. Our Inspectorate will continue their work in the community and attending animal welfare call-outs in Alert Level 2, while maintaining physical distancing and health and safety measures. If you have any animal welfare concerns or queries, please call your local SPCA Centre.

That’s all for now folks – remember to stay safe and if you’re feeling unwell, please stay at home. We’ve got this!

Wednesday 1 September - COVID-19 L3 Update

Covid-19 Update: What Alert Level 3 means for SPCA services

After the recent government announcement, the country south of Auckland’s border is now under Alert Level 3, with Auckland and Northland remaining at Alert Level 4. Once again, SPCA is classed as an Essential Service, and we are able to continue our vital work for New Zealand's animals, regardless of what Alert Level we are operating in.

For Auckland and Northland, you can find all the information on how we are operating at Alert Level 4 further down this article. For the rest of the country, here is an update on how we are operating at Alert Level 3:

  • SPCA Centres remain closed to the public. We are unable to accept any donated goods at our Centres because of strict health and safety measures.
  • Adoptions under Alert Level 3 can resume in a limited capacity dependent on individual SPCA Centre resource, and in a contactless manner. You can view our animals currently available for adoption and enquire about a specific animal with our team here. Once we have received your enquiry, our team will be in touch to discuss your application and next steps.
  • We are unable to take on new volunteers under Alert Level 3, and if we need assistance, will be reaching out to our existing volunteers. If you are looking to volunteer with SPCA, our volunteer applications remain open and you are welcome to apply online here. However, our team won’t be able to finalise any new applications or induct/train people, until we move down Alert Levels and it is safe to bring you into SPCA Centres. If there are no positions listed at your local SPCA Centre, please check back later.
  • We can take on new foster parents in a limited capacity and dependent on individual SPCA Centre resource. If you wish to foster an animal for SPCA, our applications remain open and you are welcome to apply online here. Fostering does work differently under Alert Level 3 and our team will be in touch with you to discuss your application and next steps. If there are no positions listed at your local SPCA Centre, please check back later.
  • SPCA Op Shops remain closed to the public and are unable to receive donations, and we have halted all fundraising in the community.
  • SPCA Inspectors, ambulance drivers and field officers will continue their work in the community, responding to urgent and emergency call outs, while wearing PPE and practicing strict social distancing. If you have any animal welfare concerns, please call your local SPCA Centre and the team will be able to help you over the phone.

Our team continue to work tirelessly for the animals, so there may be a delay in getting back to your queries and applications because of this. We really appreciate your patience, understanding and kindness during this time. Thanks for your support New Zealand, for any updates be sure to check back at www.spca.nz/covid19.

Wednesday 25 August - COVID-19 L4 Update

While everyone stays at home in their bubbles, the cogs of SPCA keep on turning. Our team continue to care for our animals in our SPCA Centres and in our communities, our inspectors are on the road, and the work doesn’t stop. It’s been a wild week and we are so thankful to everyone who has reached out to us wanting to help and support our teams, we cannot thank you enough. For those wanting to help us by volunteering, fostering or adopting, here is an update:

  • Adoptions - There are no adoptions under Alert Level 4. While our adoption applications remain open, for the safety of our animals, our staff, and you – the community we serve - we are unable to adopt animals out under Alert Level 4. You can view our animals currently available for adoption and enquire about a specific animal with our team here. Once we have received your enquiry, our team will be in touch to discuss your application and next steps, dependent on changes to Alert Levels.
  • Volunteering - We are unable to take on new volunteers under Alert Level 4. If you are looking to volunteer with SPCA, our volunteer applications remain open and you are welcome to apply online here. However, our team won’t be able to finalise any new applications or induct/train people, until we move down Alert Levels and it is safe to bring you into SPCA Centres. If there are no positions listed at your local SPCA Centre, please check back at a later date.
  • Fostering – We can take on new foster parents in a limited capacity and dependent on individual SPCA Centre resource. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has offered to foster for us during this time. If you wish to foster an animal for SPCA, our applications remain open and you are welcome to apply online here. Fostering does work differently under Alert Level 4 and our team will be in touch with you to discuss your application and next steps. If there are no positions listed at your local SPCA Centre, please check back at a later date.

Most importantly, the animals are our teams’ priority and they are currently working tirelessly to ensure our animals are cared for and happy. There may be a delay in us getting back to your queries or applications because of this, and we appreciate your patience, understanding and kindness. For more information on how we are operating during COVID-19, please check back to this page. Thank you for supporting SPCA during this uncertain time, New Zealand.

Tuesday 24 August - COVID-19 Update

As the Delta outbreak continues to grow, SPCA is encouraging all pet owners to be prepared and have a plan in place to care for their animals should they need to self-isolate at home or leave their property to enter a managed quarantine facility.

SPCA General Manager Operations, Sam Powell, says while pet owners who test positive for the virus will be given help to make arrangements before they’re taken into a quarantine facility, it is important to have ready all the information and supplies needed for someone to care for your companion animal.

Infectious disease experts indicate there is no evidence that pets can spread Covid-19 to humans, or that pet dogs or cats can be a source of infection. However, it’s good practice to wash your hands before and after interacting with animals. According to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), people sick with Covid-19 should avoid contact with pets and other animals, as they would with people. Where there is Covid-19 in a household, MPI recommends animals are not moved off the property.

Should an owner test positive for Covid-19 and need to move into a MIQ facility, they should run through their plan for their pets with health officials, who will be able to work with them to ensure any arrangements are made safely. While each case will be handled individually, SPCA recommends that pets remain at home if possible or with a trusted person.

It’s also a good time for owners with pets that require medication to make sure they have enough in supply, and dosage and administering instructions are clearly documented. Owners should also ensure they have enough pet food, that their microchip details are up to date, and their veterinarian’s contact details are available.

With thousands of close contacts already identified and the number continuing to grow each day, SPCA also has advice for pet owners who find themselves unable to walk their dogs because they’re self-isolating at home.

“Owners with a private outdoor space inside their property can continue to exercise their dogs safely outside with a game of fetch,” says SPCA Scientific Officer Dr Alison Vaughan. “For pet owners who don’t have access to an outdoor area, such as those living in apartments, they can keep their pets entertained with food puzzles, hide and seek, or a simple game of tug-of-war. These are all ways to make sure your pet is getting the mental and physical exercise they need at a time where they can’t do their usual exercise.”

For more information and advice, click here

Wednesday 18 August - COVID-19 L4 Update

Update: What Alert Level 4 means for SPCA services

It certainly wasn't the news we wanted to hear on Tuesday evening, and our team hope you are all staying safe and well.

After the Government announcement last night, the country is now under Alert Level 4. As you might be aware, SPCA is classed as an Essential Service, and we are able to continue our vital work for New Zealand's animals regardless of what Alert Level we are operating in.

Our Inspectors across the country will still be out on the road, responding to the most urgent emergency calls. While our doors will be closing to the public, we will still be taking in sick, injured and vulnerable animals, and giving them the love and care they deserve.

That being said, we of course have to operate differently to ensure we are being proactive and vigilant to protect the health and safety of our team, our animals, and you - the community we serve.

Here's a quick update on what Alert Level 4 means for SPCA services:

  • SPCA Centres are closed to the public. We are unable to accept any donated goods at our Centres because of strict health and safety measures.

  • Adoptions have been impacted as a result of the change in Alert Levels. If you had an adoption appointment booked with our team, they should have been in touch with you to discuss next steps. If not, please give your local SPCA Centre a call and they will be able to offer guidance over the phone.

  • SPCA Op Shops are closed to the public and are unable to receive donations, and we have halted all fundraising in the community. Because of this, over the next few days, we will lose tens of thousands of dollars that is vital for the animals. If you are in a position to donate and wish to support SPCA and the animals during this time, you can do so here.

  • We will not be accepting any new applications for volunteers and foster parents at this time and if we need any assistance, will be reaching out to our existing supporters.

  • ·SPCA Inspectors, ambulance drivers and field officers will continue their work in the community, responding to urgent and emergency call outs, while wearing PPE and practicing strict social distancing. If you have any animal welfare concerns, please call your local SPCA Centre and the team will be able to help you over the phone.

We want to reassure you that, just like during the lockdown last year, SPCA will continue to care for the animals in our SPCA Centres and our communities during Alert Level 4.

If you would like to donate to support our SPCA Centres and help animals in need, you can do so here. We cannot thank you enough for your support during this time, and for making sure we can continue to care for animals in need.

We'll be in touch again soon if we have any more updates as the situation evolves further.

Kia kaha and stay safe!

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