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.
Learn-to-Read story books
Our twelve Learn-to-Read story books help Kiwi kids 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 is 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.
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 primary and intermediate school teachers. The portal provides innovative resources on animal welfare that are aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum and fit easily into their every-day teaching.
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.
Community Engagement and Outreach programmes
We are fortunate to have dedicated community engagement staff at some of our centres across the country. These teams are available to host groups at selected SPCA centres and are also happy to venture off-site – visiting schools and community groups to talk about our work and inspire students to effect positive change in the lives of animals. See if there are visits available in your area.
We also offer Outreach Therapy Pet visits to rest homes, hospitals and other health services in Auckland and Dunedin to bring comfort and joy to residents and patients.