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SPCA appoints Dr Arnja Dale as Chief Scientific Officer

Monday, 16 November, 2015

Arnja Dale

The SPCA has formed a new Animal Welfare Science and Education Department to be led by Dr Arnja Dale as Chief Scientific Officer.

This new department and position will provide scientific underpinning to the work the SPCA does nationwide and has been jointly established by the Royal New Zealand SPCA and SPCA Auckland, the country’s largest SPCA.

As Chief Scientific Officer, Arnja will help develop and lead this new department nationally. She will manage the animal welfare and education teams ensuring that the SPCA’s work is based on scientific evidence. Ultimately the role aims to improve the protection and welfare of New Zealand’s animals.

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Weight gain is a BIG problem for New Zealand pets

SD Canine Perfect Weight croppedWednesday, 11 November, 2015

It's not just New Zealanders who are suffering from obesity. Pets are too, with over 40% of dogs and over 30% of cats estimated to be clinically overweight or obese1,2.

Extra weight is a significant danger to their health. Cats face the prospect of increasing the risk of serious diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, painful osteoarthritis and urinary disease.

Many of us don’t realise that our pets have a weight problem, and even when we do, we may not be aware of how much it can affect their health and well-being.

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SPCA calls for fireworks ban

2015 FireworksTuesday, 3 November, 2015

The SPCA is urging people not to buy fireworks this year to avoid causing fear, injury and disruption for pets.

SPCA New Zealand CEO Ric Odom says the public has known for many years that private fireworks are a danger to both people and animals. Calls for a ban on public sales have still not been met despite a petition attracting more than 32,000 signatures.

“Fireworks are traumatic for animals. The loud, unexpected bangs are distressing for many animals. It can cause them to run away creating more safety issues for people and animals.”

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SPCA List of Shame highlights need for support

Monday, 2 November, 2015

2015 List of Shame

One of the most shameful acts in this year’s SPCA List of Shame is two men filming themselves while encouraging dogs to viciously attack two goats, and then posting the videos on social media.

This year’s List of Shame is being released in conjunction with the 2015 SPCA Annual Appeal which is running between Monday 2nd and Sunday 8th of November and is the organisation’s biggest fundraising event for the year.

The SPCA releases its List of Shame annually to raise awareness of animal welfare issues and the ongoing need for education and vigilance around preventing cruelty to animals.

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Opposition to rodeos mounts as season begins

Friday, 23 October, 2015

Opposition to Rodeos

On the eve of the New Zealand rodeo season, which begins Saturday 24 October, SPCA New Zealand, SAFE, and Farmwatch are calling for an outright ban on rodeos in New Zealand.

The three animal welfare organisations joined forces recently to launch an offline and online petition at that has so far gathered more than 30,000 signatures (7,525 on paper and 22,696 online).

“If someone abused their pets in the ways animals are abused in rodeos, chances are we would look at prosecuting them,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand.

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