Our SPCA Centres, animal hospitals and co-operating vet clinics are the first stop for all animals that come into SPCA care. Here we provide essential care and medical treatment to animals that are sick and injured, as well as routine health checks, vaccinations, microchips and desexing.
The dedicated teams – be it vets at the centre or at a nearby vet clinic – help every animal that comes to SPCA.
Every animal is checked when they arrive. For many animals this can be a simple routine health check, but sadly for those with significant medical issues, getting back to health can involve intensive treatment, long-term care and in some cases emergency lifesaving surgery.
All cats, dogs and rabbits, and most other animals are vaccinated before they are put up for adoption. This helps stop the spread of diseases like cat flu and canine parvovirus and keeps them safe when they move on to their forever home.
All companion animals are microchipped and registered on the New Zealand Companion Animal Register. Microchipping is one of the best forms to identify an animal and means if that animal is found, they can easily be reunited with their owners.
Thousands of unwanted animals come to SPCA each year. Only desexing will reduce the number of unwanted and neglected animals and reduce the suffering caused as a direct result. We desex all companion animals before they are put up for adoption. Last year SPCA desexed over 33,000 animals across New Zealand.
SPCA vets often perform lifesaving surgery for animals that come into our centres, working tirelessly to ensure the best outcome for every animal.
We are extremely grateful to our volunteer foster parents who provide temporary homes for animals who are recovering from flu, other illnesses, or surgery. These animals are given a quiet, loving temporary home to recover before they return to the animal Centre to be put up for adoption. Without the support of our foster families, SPCA simply wouldn’t be able to help as many animals as we do.