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A plea to New Zealand

Tuesday 4 October, 2016

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An open letter to all New Zealanders: please don't make this mistake.

Dear animal lovers,

I'm Ginny, a member of the SPCA team in Auckland. I'm writing to you today after I read the Government's proposed action plan for dogs in New Zealand last week.

A couple of years ago I worked in an animal shelter in the UK. Every Thursday, an enforcement agency would come into the shelter and round up all the dogs they thought looked like a pit bull type and order them to be euthanised.

I know the heartbreak that breed-specific legislation causes, because I've seen it first hand.

Saying goodbye to innocent dogs and knowing we were powerless to help them is something that will stay with me for life.

The scary thing is, this is the future for our dogs if they look a certain way.

So I'm urging you all - act now while you still can.

The UK introduced breed-specific legislation 25 years ago, and it has not led to a reduction in dog bites. The casualties of this law are the thousands of innocent dogs who were denied a chance to grow up, and have a family, and learn how wonderful the world can be for a dog.

All because of the way they looked.

Studies from the UK show us that breed-specific legislation does not work and we need to do everything possible to ensure New Zealand doesn't make the same mistake. Our focus should be on responsible dog ownership and public education.

The good news is there's still time to make a difference for the lives of dogs in New Zealand. Right now we're setting up meetings with important decision makers to get our voice heard.

But we can't do it without you. Please sign our petition and share it with everyone you can.

Thanks for your support,


SPCA has grave concerns about Government’s action plan to reduce dog bites

Friday, 23 September, 2016

SPCA New Zealand is expressing its grave concerns about the Government’s action plan announced yesterday in an attempt to reduce dog bites.

The SPCA recognises that dog attacks are a major societal problem that requires a serious and effective long term solution.

However, we are absolutely appalled that part of the action includes tighter restrictions around certain breeds, including preventing them from being rehomed by animal shelters. This has been categorically proven to not reduce dog bites.

“The most worrying part of this new action plan is the restriction on animal shelters, like the SPCA, preventing us from re-homing these dogs. What is going to happen to all the dogs that are guilty of nothing else than their visual appearance?” says SPCA New Zealand CEO Andrea Midgen.

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Join us in the fight to save innocent lives

Friday, 23 September, 2016

Save innocent lives like Dodie'sThe New Zealand Government has announced an action plan that will see animal shelters like the SPCA banned from re-homing dogs they see as "menacing".

Thousands of innocent lives are at risk – and we need your help.

What is going to happen to all the dogs that are guilty of nothing else than their visual appearance?

By making it illegal for animal shelters to re-home dogs of certain breeds, the Government are effectively condemning them to die.

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The launch of the draft cat management strategy

Thursday, 22 September, 2016

At today’s Companion Animal Conference the National Cat Management Strategy Group (NCMSG) has launched their draft cat management strategy implementation document for feedback.

SPCA New Zealand is a member of this Strategy Group, along with the NZ Veterinary Association, Companion Animal Veterinarians, NZ Companion Animal Council, Morgan Foundation and Local Government. The Ministry for Primary Industries are observers and Department of Conservation are technical advisors to the Group.

“At the SPCA we recognise that cats are part of the family for many New Zealanders. But we also recognise that cats can have an impact on our native wildlife in sensitive areas,” says SPCA New Zealand Acting CEO Andrea Midgen.

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Meet Murdock the blind cat and his guide cat

Friday, 9 September, 2016

Murdock MabelThis month, we have an amazing story to share with you about a blind cat who has found his way with another feline friend.

Our campaign to end rodeo cruelty in New Zealand continues as a new survey shows that most Kiwis would support a ban.

With your support, our Outreach Therapy Pets and volunteers have been bringing comfort and joy to even more New Zealanders in rest homes and hospitals.

We are also delighted to welcome a new egg distributor to our SPCA Blue Tick accreditation.

Read our September newsletter here.