SPCA responds in the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle devastation
Our team has been hard at work on the ground in Hawke’s Bay after it was devastated by Cyclone Gabrielle this week. From rescuing displaced animals, providing lifesaving transport and shelter, and providing much-needed support to pet-owners in need.
Just two weeks after flooding devastated communities in Auckland, another extreme weather event has hit our shores. Just as we responded to communities in need then, we are doing so again this week.
SPCA teams are continuing to work tirelessly, responding to the effects of Cyclone Gabrielle which has impacted many pet owners across the Hawke’s Bay region.
As part of the response, SPCA Inspectors are working with Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), the Massey University Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT) and HUHA to coordinate animal rescue and emergency housing for pets in the region. We are also providing a number of kennels to pet owners who have been forced to evacuate their homes, ensuring their pets have a safe place to stay.
With a large number of staff personally impacted by the severe weather event, we have deployed personnel from our SPCA Wellington team to assist the region in any way possible. We have also transported 30 kittens down to the Wellington Centre for rehoming so Hawke’s Bay teams can continue to assist with the cyclone response.
In addition, SPCA is also in the process of sending pet food packages to the affected areas to ensure that pets have access to the nutrition they need during this challenging time.
How you can help
With offers of help and support pouring in from all over the country, there are a number of ways that New Zealanders can provide assistance to pets and owners impacted:
- Make a monetary donation at this page
- Those in the region can make a good donation of blankets, towels, toys, dog crates, or good quality dog leads – these can be dropped off at the SPCA Hastings Centre on Heathcote Road
- Share this post from Civil Defense with animal owners in the region needing a place to temporarily shelter animals
With so much work ahead for our teams in the area, donating whatever you can to support animals in Hawke’s Bay is the greatest way you can help. Every donation, no matter how small, makes a difference.
MPI is coordinating animal welfare response efforts in flood-impacted areas in Hawke’s Bay, and anyone needing assistance with animal rescue or evacuation, or temporary accommodation for their animals should contact the emergency management team directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or 04 894 0132.