Educate & engage
Every year thousands of abused, neglected, and injured animals arrive in SPCA’s care. SPCA wants to make a real difference and break this trend of abuse, so our team developed a free education programme for schools and people working with children, to help change the hearts and minds of the future generation.
SPCA Certified - SPCA’s animal welfare certification
SPCA Certified was set up to improve the lives of animals by working alongside the farming and pet care industries.
We started with SPCA Blue Tick, focusing on animal welfare improvements for farmed animals. In October 2020 we rebranded to SPCA Certified and extended standards to the pet care sector.
We believe continued improvements are key to sustainable, meaningful and positive animal welfare outcomes, and we’re encouraging New Zealanders to drive real change for animals by purchasing products and services that are SPCA Certified.
SPCA’s Kids Education Portal
The SPCA’s Kids Education Portal is a unique online education resource. The portal has been designed to support children’s learning about animal welfare and responsibility towards animals, whilst developing children’s respect, understanding and compassion for all living creatures. Children can use this interactive and engaging learning tool to research and find all the information they need when being taught by a classroom teacher using the SPCA Teachers' Portal resources.
Learn-to-Read story books
Our eighteen Learn-to-Read story books help children in Aotearoa to both improve their reading skills and learn to care for and respect animals.
The books cater to different ages and reading levels. Each story in the first two series are based on a real-life animal rescue from SPCA, and contains messages about animal care, animal welfare, and tips for families on how to be responsible pet owners. The third series is all about children taking positive action to help protect animals and their environments in kind and compassionate ways.
To spread the message to as many children as we can, all 2,127 primary and intermediate schools in New Zealand have received six copies of each book completely free, thanks to help from SPCA supporters.
Our Teachers’Portal is designed for early childhood educators and classroom teachers of Years 1 – 9 looking for innovative resources. The resources provide real-life, meaningful contexts for teaching and learning and align with Te Whāriki and the New Zealand Curriculum. Learners are encouraged to learn in a way that is their own to achieve positive, empathetic and compassionate outcomes for human and non-human members of society.
Targeted Interventions Portal
Over forty years of research recognises the common roots of violence towards humans and animals, and the close link between animal cruelty, family violence, and child abuse.
SPCA Targeted Interventions Portal is an online practice resource for professionals, practitioners, students, and scholars. The Portal was developed in collaboration with New Zealand practitioners and academics to support the early identification of co-occurring human victimisation and animal cruelty, and to address the enduring social and emotional impact of animal cruelty on children and adults.
We don’t just educate children on how to care for and treat animals; we also provide animal care booklets to all our adopters, and create online resources and opinion pieces on animal care and welfare for everyone to access.