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SPCA Education: changing hearts and minds

Monday, 5 September, 2016

SPCA EducationWe are excited to announce that after two years of research and development, the SPCA’s new education programme has launched.

Every year, SPCA Centres all over New Zealand care for around 60,000 animals who have been abandoned, injured, abused or neglected. Looking at these statistics, and the high levels of animal abuse in New Zealand, told us that we needed to invest in education to truly impact the way people are treating animals in our country.

In July, we launched a nationwide education programme in every Primary and Intermediate School in New Zealand. The programme uses animal welfare topics to teach children the subjects of the New Zealand Curriculum. It aims to foster understanding, compassion and respect towards animals, including responsible pet ownership, by teaching animal welfare in a real life, practical way.

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Finding their forever homes

Friday 2, September, 2016

Finding a forever home for the animals in our care is one of the most rewarding part of our work at the SPCA. Here are just three of our recently adopted animals who are enjoying their new loving families.

Willow

WillowBy the time she was six weeks old, little Willow had already been through so much. She was found wandering the streets all alone, with a terrible injury on her hind leg. Fortunately the kind person who found her brought her to the SPCA so our team could care for her and give her the vet treatment she needed.

Sadly, due to the nature of her injury, SPCA vets had to make the difficult decision to amputate her leg. It’s always hard to see such a young animal undergo major surgery, but we knew she was in the best possible hands with the expert care of our Vet Team.

Willow’s surgery went very well, and she spent some time with one of our foster families where she learnt to navigate life on three legs. Her foster family told us they were amazed at how quickly she could race around the house – having three legs certainly didn’t slow her down!

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A new life for Sophie

Tuesday, 30 August, 2016

SophieFive-year-old Sophie arrived at the SPCA last year after she was rescued by an Inspector from a situation of neglect. She had been confined to living in a small space and needed love, care and medical treatment.

But even though she was finally in a safe place with caring people, Sophie was still frightened. At the SPCA she spent most of her time cowering in the corner of her cage, hiding behind a towel.

We think Sophie hadn’t had much experience with people before she arrived at the SPCA and being around the hospital team was overwhelming for her.

Animals like Sophie come to us at the SPCA because the very people supposed to be looking after them have let them down. But we’ll work with them, and slowly show them that the world can be a happy and safe place.

Sophie needed to build some confidence, and learn how to live in a home where she would be treated as part of the family. So Sophie went out to foster care with one of our amazing volunteer foster families – the same Inspector who rescued her!

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Survey shows many Kiwis support rodeo ban

Monday, 29 August, 2016

DSC 9614 cropThe ongoing campaign to ban rodeos in New Zealand is very much in tune with public opinion, according to a new survey commissioned by SPCA New Zealand and SAFE.

More than half (59%) of the respondents in the Horizon Research survey would support a ban on using animals in rodeos in New Zealand. Just 25% of respondents opposed a ban.

“It’s great to see more evidence that most New Zealanders agree with our stance on rodeos and would like to see them completely banned,” says Ric Odom, SPCA New Zealand CEO.

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Abandoned by his family and left alone in a park

Friday, 26 August, 2016

FranklinOn a cold winter night earlier this year, little Franklin was abandoned by his family and cruelly dumped in a park in a cardboard box. Just four weeks old, Franklin weighed only 800 grams and was so tiny he could fit in the palm of your hand.

Franklin had no food, no water and nothing but the empty cardboard box to keep him warm. He was all alone, abandoned by the very people supposed to be looking after him and keeping him safe.

Fortunately, a kind lady heard Franklin’s desperate little cries and brought him to the SPCA, knowing it was the safest place for him. Here at SPCA Auckland, Franklin was taken to our specialist unit for puppies and was cared for by one of our kindhearted Canine Attendants, Sarah.

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