Saturday, 26 February, 2011
New Zealand’s most beautiful city is now in ruins. Its historic buildings are reduced to rubble and will remain but a distant memory. Its very heart has been torn asunder with its beautiful cathedral standing shattered and ruptured. Homes and livelihoods have been destroyed, many forever.
However the human toll is even greater with the tragic loss of so many lives, their numbers growing daily. In addition the trauma of the living who have experienced the devastation will live with them for the rest of their lives. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to them – if we could give them a huge collective hug we would do so.
Amidst the turmoil are the animals. The SPCA has moved swiftly deploying our experienced rescue team to attend to those animals in need, the injured, abandoned, lost and distressed. The SPCA will not be undertaking a fundraising campaign at this time as our current focus is to utilise our expertise and resources to help the animals and their human families. We will, in time, hear from our team on the ground of any resources that may be needed, and if in excess of our ability to provide, we will ask for assistance.
We are with the people and the animals in Christchurch and know that the New Zealand spirit will prevail.
IMPORTANT CONTACT DETAILS:
Call 0800 lostpet (567873) for all lost pet enquiries and assistance with registering on lost pet websites. 24 hour contact and message service. Phone service manned between 8.00am and 6.00pm
FOR ANIMALS INSIDE THE CORDON AREA: 03 941 8999
CHRISTCHURCH RESCUE TEAM:
Ritchie Dawson – SPCA Wellington, NAWEM
Stephanie Saunders – SPCA Regional Chief Inspector
Geoff Sutton – SPCA Canterbury Centre Manager
Ross Blanks – SPCA Canterbury Chairman
Bob Kerridge – National President, Royal New Zealand SPCA
Robyn Kippenberger – National CEO, Royal New Zealand SPCA
Wayne Ricketts – Resources Manager, NZ Veterinary Association