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Animal Care

Animal Care

Choosing to have a pet in your life is a lifelong commitment. Most pets are wholly dependent on their owners for their quality of life. It is important to ensure you can properly care for your pet and understand your pet's needs.

Animals don't just need food and water, they need appropriate shelter and living space, regular vet check-ups and preventative vet care to ensure they remain happy and healthy. Just as importantly, your pet needs you: your time, love and attention. Many pets need mental stimulation and regular exercise to prevent them from becoming bored or overweight.

Click on the links below to find out more information on how to care for your pet.

Cats Dogs Rabbits


We answer some common questions about settling your new cat into your home.


Our dog care guide provides advice and information on caring for a new dog in your family.


Rabbits can be a great addition to your family, and it's important to know how to care for them.

Minimum Standards    

Minimum Standards

The minimum legal standards for the care of animals in New Zealand are outlined in the Codes of Welfare.