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About Us

About Us

SPCA New Zealand is a charity that helps protect animals who are sick, injured, lost, abused or simply abandoned. Every year, our 45 SPCA Centres across the country receive 60,000 animals through their doors and 14,000 animal welfare complaints.

As a charity, we rely almost entirely on the generosity of New Zealanders to carry out our life-saving work, as we receive only a small amount of government funding. The majority of our income comes from public donations, bequests and our own fundraising initiatives.

We are the only charity with the power to prosecute people under the Animal Welfare Act 1999.


Our Mission

To advance the welfare of all animals in New Zealand by:

  • Preventing cruelty to animals
  • Alleviating suffering of animals
  • Promoting our policies through education and advocacy


How is the workload shared?

The Society operates at two levels - national and district.

At the National level, SPCA National Support Office:

  • Coordinates the activities of the 45 SPCA branches and member societies across the country
  • Handles inspector training throughout the country
  • Coordinates our national empathy education programme, One of the Family
  • Arranges national fundraising promotions, such as Cupcake Day for the SPCA
  • Coordinates the national SPCA Blue Tick Accreditation Scheme
  • Represents the Society on government committees
  • Handles major prosecutions which have national implications
  • Promotes and handles all approaches to government for new and amended legislation relating to animal welfare
  • Liaises with overseas and international welfare groups

At the district level, local SPCAs:

  • Investigate and deal with complaints of cruelty and neglect
  • Uphold the laws relating to the treatment of animals and take prosecutions where necessary
  • Give sanctuary to animals in distress
  • Rehome suitable animals where possible
  • Ensure that animals which cannot be kept alive for whatever reason are humanely euthaniased
  • Assist with public education
  • Promote responsible pet ownership


Our Structure

Not all local SPCAs are "branches". A small number of SPCAs that were established in New Zealand in the last century - the 'original' SPCAs if you like - are member societies. These member societies do not use "RNZ" in their name (eg Wellington SPCA, Otago SPCA).

The national governing body of SPCA New Zealand is the National Board, elected at the AGM by representatives from SPCA branches and member societies across the country.

Each of the 45 local SPCAs incorporates in its title the name of the district in which it operates. For example - the Waikato Branch RNZSPCA; Canterbury Branch RNZSPCA; and so on. For a list of local SPCA branches and member societies, please click here.

Each of the 45 local SPCAs runs its own affairs and handles its own finances. A voluntary committee controls their SPCA's activities. The larger SPCAs have some paid staff, but most rely on unpaid volunteers. Each SPCA has one or more warranted inspectors, who may be either paid or voluntary, to investigate complaints of cruelty and to enforce the Animal Welfare Act 1999.



Facilities at SPCAs vary throughout New Zealand, from large complexes to a few cages in someone's backyard. Even where large complexes exist, SPCAs rely heavily on help from volunteers in order to carry out the day-to-day operations of the centre.


How can I help?

  1. Always set an example to others by showing kindness and thoughtfulness towards animals.
  2. Notify your local SPCA of injured or suffering animals.
  3. Join your local SPCA and participate in its activities.
  4. If you are already a member of the Society, encourage others to join. Finance and willing workers are always needed.


Our Charities Number

The Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Incorporated is a registered charity (Charities Commission number CC22705).