SPCA Waikato is a charity that helps protect animals who are sick, injured, lost, abused or simply abandoned.
As a charity, we rely almost entirely on the generosity of people from Waikato to carry out our life-saving work, as we receive only a small amount of government funding. The majority of our income comes from public donations, bequests and our own fundraising initiatives.
We are the only charity with the power to prosecute people under the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
To advance the welfare of all animals in New Zealand by:
- Preventing cruelty to animals
- Alleviating suffering of animals
- Promoting our policies through education and advocacy
SPCA Waikato is under the control of RNZSPCA.
What We Do
- Investigate and deal with complaints of cruelty and neglect.
- Uphold the laws relating to the treatment of animals and take prosecutions where necessary.
- Give sanctuary to animals in distress.
- Rehome suitable animals where possible.
- Ensure that animals which cannot be kept alive for whatever reason are humanely euthaniased.
- Assist with public education.
- Promote responsible pet ownership.
Our centre phone line is open every Monday-Saturday between 10.30am and 2.30pm. Out of these hours your call will be transferred to Auckland SPCA where we have an Inspectors who monitor the Waikato region. Our phone number is 07-847-4868.
We are open to the public every week day between 10.30am and 2.30pm, and every Saturday between 10.30am and 2.30pm.
- For stray or barking dogs please call the Waikato District Council for assistance on 0800 492 452.
- If you have an animal emergency, animal care question, or want to get your pet desexed please contact your local veterinarian for advice and/or support.
- For after-hours veterinary advice and/or support, please contact Waikato After-hours Veterinary Hospital on 07 839-5656.
- If you have an animal welfare concern, the Animal Welfare Emergency line is 07-847-4868.
Volunteering and Fostering
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent or volunteering, please fill out the Volunteer Work Application Form and/or the Foster Parent Application Form and send to firstname.lastname@example.org or post/drop it at our Centre.
We are also looking for a Waikato Events and Community Fundraising Volunteer.
Our new post-box address is PO Box 10576, Te Rapa, Hamilton, 3241.
We really appreciate you wanting to help us out.
Our SPCA Opshop in Hamilton is located in the Dinsdale Shopping Centre (next to the Countdown)
Tuesday -Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm
Saturday 9.00am- 1 .00pm
Our SPCA Opshop in Matamata is 46 Broadway, Matamata.
Monday-Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm
We are looking for any good quality goods donations for our SPCA Opshop and any volunteers who are willing to help out! If you have any sellable goods you would like to donate, or if you are interested in volunteering, please visit our Opshop during these opening hours.
Animal Care Information
For information about caring for your pet, such as settling in tips, checklists, or introducing your pet to other furry family members click here.
If you are hoping for some advice on rehoming your pet, click here.
Lost and Found Pets
If you have lost a pet, please click here for more information.
If you believe you have found a lost pet, please click here for more information
Because the majority of our income comes from public donations, bequests and our own fundraising initiatives, support from people like you mean the world to us. There are two ways you can help us help animals:
SPCA Waikato FAQ's
Q - What is the new address of SPCA Waikato?
Our address is 47- 49 Northway Street, Te Rapa, and Hamilton. Our new postal address is PO Box 10576, Te Rapa, Hamilton, 3241.
Q - What are the opening hours of SPCA Waikato?
We are currently open to the public Monday-Friday from 10.30pm to 2.30pm. Please feel free to visit the Centre between these times or call us on 07 847 4868. The reception does get very busy during these times and calls do not always get answered immediately, so for any non-urgent enquires we do encourage messages be left as we do check the phones very regularly.
We are working very hard to eventually increasing these opening hours and services to include weekends.
Q – What do I do if I want to lay a complaint concerning the welfare of an animal?
If you wish to lay a complaint about the welfare of an animal(s) please call SPCA Waikato on 07 847 4868. The initial greeting message directs callers to push option 2 which will redirect the call to the SPCA Contact Centre where the details of your concern will be recorded and allocated to an Animal Welfare Inspector.
Q - What animals are up for adoption?
SPCA Waikato have cats, kittens, rabbits, dogs and puppies for adoption. Cats are $105, kittens are $120, dogs and puppies are $200, and rabbits are $50. All animals come desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, and up to date with flea and worm treatment. If you have any questions on the adoption process please give us a call on 07-847-4868 between 10.30am and 2.30pm.
Q - What is the current status of SPCA Waikato?
Due to financial difficulties, SPCA Waikato closed temporarily to the public in December 2016 pending a review and restructure with a view to enabling the Branch to re-open with a financially sustainable level of service.
A part of that review included in the local Committee requesting the Centre be taken into voluntary administration by the RNZSPCA National Office and resigning.
On the 18th of January 2017, National Office staff were deployed and with the support of additional personnel from SPCA Auckland, SPCA Tauranga, and SPCA Te Kuiti, the Waikato SPCA Centre is incrementally increasing the breadth of services that can be offered to the community and animals of the Waikato on a sustainable basis as quickly as possible as resources allow.
Under new management the SPCA Waikato Centre has financially stabilised. However, the SPCA is a charity that receives no automatic government funding, so fundraising and community support is essential to long-term success of the Waikato Centre, and to continue to build on progress to date.
Q - What does the future hold for SPCA Waikato?
The future looks bright for SPCA Waikato and all SPCAs’ across New Zealand following the RNZSPCA Annual General Meeting held in Auckland on 17th June 2017. SPCA delegates from around the country voted in favour of the One SPCA proposal which united all of our separate locally governed and financed Centres into one organisation from 1 November 2017
Our previous structure was not sustainable or fit-for-purpose. The One SPCA will strengthen our organisation allowing the SPCA to do more for the vulnerable animals in Waikato and across New Zealand.
As one SPCA we will be able to create a stronger SPCA Inspectorate and we will be able to do more to prevent cruelty to animals through advocacy and education. We will also share our resources to make sure that every vulnerable animal will get the best care the SPCA can provide, no matter where area they are in the country.
As one organisation we will be able to access centralised funding opportunities and benefit from economies of scale – enabling all centres to have the resources to do more for the animals.
We want to assure you that the exciting changes ahead won’t change the focus of SPCA Waikato in any way. Our ongoing purpose is to help animals in need and support our community. And we’ll still need the help of animal lovers like you.
On behalf of the animals, thank you all for your ongoing support of SPCA Waikato.
Q – I’ve lost my animal what should I do?
We advertise all found animals who come into our care on www.petsonthenet.co.nz, Trade Me Lost and Found Animals, and on our Facebook www.facebook.com/WaikatoSPCA. We also advise all those that have found a stray animal to list on those sites too.
Any animal that comes into our care is scanned for a microchip, so ensure all your details are correct on www.animalregister.co.nz.
Have a look through the found sections and place a lost ad if no one has posted an ad matching your pet’s description. We also recommend you do a flier drop in your area (we print and deliver 50-90 posters on average when we do this). Go to houses both sides of your house, on both sides of the road, and houses you back on to.
Any animal that comes into our care is scanned for a microchip, so if your pet is microchipped, ensure all your details are correct on www.animalregister.co.nz or phone 0800 LOST PET.
We also recommend you place a lost ad at your local vet clinic, pet store, dairy and supermarket.
For more tips, click here.
Q – I have a stray cat hanging around my property. What should I do?
Visit the vets
Take the animal to your local vets and ask them to scan it for a microchip. If the animal is microchipped then they will be able to reunite it with its owner.
Pets on the Net
Check the 'lost' listings and create a 'found' listing at www.petsonthenet.co.nz. This is a national database and the key website we recommend everyone uses.
Create a flyer
Make a flyer with a clear picture, description and your contact details. Distribute it locally via notice boards, mailboxes, neighbours, community centres etc.
Ask the neighbours
Knocking on the door and asking neighbours if they own the animal or if they know who does can speed up the process of reuniting the animal with its owner. Don’t forget to check with the houses behind you too.
Use social media
Embrace the power of social media to spread the word and try to find the owners. There are plenty of lost and found pages on Facebook that can be used.
Check Trade Me
Look on the Trade Me Lost & Found section to see if anyone is looking for their lost pet. You can also advertise your found animal on here for free.
Q – I have found an abandoned cat, what should I do?
If you have found a healthy cat that you believe may be abandoned, we do have a process that needs to be followed before the cat is accepted in to the Centre.
Cats can travel quite some distance from home. They often go in search of other food sources as well as company when their owners are not around. Although cats can often appear abandoned or lost, more often than not an owner is not far away.
If you call us about a lost or abandoned cat we will provide you with a collar and tag. On the collar and tag we request you write ‘is this your cat please call” and write your phone number.
We will then ask that you return the cat to where you found it, refrain from feeding the cat and remove access to their own cats food.
If after 7 days, and the collar is still on the cat and no owner has come forward (and we have room) the cat may be accepted in to the Centre. Of course, if the welfare of that cat changes within that 7 days we are happy to be called back.
This collar and tagging system has been very successful in locating owners and reducing the number of cats being unnecessarily brought in to a Centre. Many owners are completely unware their cats have wondered as far as they often do.
If the cat is brought in to the Centre we can also scan it for a microchip in the hope of identifying it that way. Again, the same system as described above is implemented and the cat returned to the area it came from pending the collar and tagging process being completed.
Q – There are lots of wild/feral/un-socialised cats hanging around my property, can the SPCA help?
Cat colonies are a huge problem around the Waikato area and in New Zealand. Whilst the Waikato SPCA sympathises with the nuisance they can often create, the trapping and removing of healthy adult cats causing a nuisance is not a service that SPCA Waikato is allocating our limited resources to at this time.
If a member of the public is wishing to take responsibility for the oversight and care of any colony cats and wants assistance with the desexing of these cats please call the Waikato SPCA Centre and speak to the Manager.
It may pay to also seek advice from your local Council.
If you have found a stray dog please contact Animal Control. If the animal is registered then they'll be able to quickly reunite it with it's owner. You may also want to visit your local council animal shelter and check their lost board.
If you have found a bird please contact Avian Wildlife Rehabiliation Trust on 021-2744256. They cover the Waikato region, and will be able to give you further advice on what to do.
Q – What help is SPCA Waikato able to provide animals in the Waikato community?
The Waikato SPCA can help with any sick, injured, abandoned or vulnerable animals where an owner is unknown or unaware their animal is unwell. This may include accepting the animal into the Centre, referring the animal to a Vet, deploying the Animal Ambulance or referring the situation to be investigated by an Animal Welfare Inspector.
SPCA Waikato now has a limited ambulance service for to responding to injured or sick animals where an owner is unknown or can’t be located between 10am-4pm Monday-Friday. We hope to extend these hours in the future.
Q – My pet is injured or sick, what should I do?
Unfortunately SPCA Waikato is unable to assist with owned animals. Please contact your local veterinarian to organise treatment.
Q – How can I help the SPCA Waikato rebuild?
There are lots of ways the community can help. You can volunteer at our Centre or Op Shops. You can become a foster parent, or fundraise and donate.
Volunteer Work Application Form
Foster Parent Application Form
Keep an eye out on our Facebook site for fundraising.
Q – Who is SPCA Waikato’s new Centre Manager?
Laura Vander Kley recently started as SPCA Waikato's new Centre Manager, and positive change has already begun.
Laura initially became a vet nurse because she wanted to help animals. She spent some time working in a private veterinary practice, but it wasn't until she reached SPCA Auckland as head vet nurse, that she knew the place she could save the most lives was with the SPCA.
After working as head vet nurse at SPCA Auckland for 3 years, she learnt a considerable amount about animal welfare, management, and human relations. So when Laura heard that SPCA Waikato had closed down, she decided to rise to the challenge in helping SPCA Waikato get back to being fully functional again.