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About Us

About Us

The SPCA is a charity that helps protect animals who are sick, injured, lost, abused or simply abandoned. Every year, our 40 SPCA Centres across the country receive over 45,000 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 a National level, the SPCA :

  • Coordinates the activities of the 40 SPCA centres across the country
  • Handles inspector training throughout the country
  • Coordinates our national education programmes
  • Arranges national fundraising promotions, such as SPCA Cupcake Day
  • Coordinates the national SPCA Blue Tick Accreditation Scheme
  • Represents the SPCA 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 SPCA centres:

  • 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

Each of the 40 local SPCA centres incorporates in its title the name of the district in which it operates. For example - SPCA Waikato; SPCA Canterbury; and so on. For a list of local SPCA centres, please click here.

The larger SPCA centres have some paid staff, but most rely on unpaid volunteers. Each SPCA centre 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, SPCA centres rely heavily on help from volunteers in order to carry out the day-to-day operations of the centre.


Our Charities Number

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