Christchurch Earthquake - Updates, Lost/Found Pets and How You Can Help

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On 22 February 2011, Christchurch was rocked by another earthquake, this one a 6.3 magnitude. While less powerful than the first earthquake in September 2010, this earthquake was only 5km deep and centred only 10km south-east of Christchurch city. As a result, widespread damage has occured.

Canterbury SPCA staff and animals are all okay. Their focus now is to reunite displaced animals with their families, and to provide aid, care and shelter to those animals still in their care.

This page will be updated regularly with more information as and when we receive it.

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SPCA Canterbury Chip Your Pet For Free Campaign

Out of all the pets that came into Canterbury SPCA's care after the Feb 22 earthquake, only 10% were microchipped, and 80% of these were quickly reunited with their families. Imagine how it would have been if all of them had been microchipped!

Maximize your chances of being reunited with your pet during or after a disaster or at any time. Starting Monday 21 March, get your pet microchipped for FREE – offer runs in Christchurch area until the 25 April or until stocks run out. For more information and a full list of participating veterinary clinics, please visit Canterbury SPCA's website,



SPCA Canterbury Emergency Contact Numbers


FOR ALL EMERGENCIES between 9am and 4pm, phone 0800 264 645 or 03 349 7057 ext 201 or 205. For advice, information and assistance regarding animals, please also call 03 349 7057 or 0800 264 645.

The animal centre is currently experiencing huge demand for advice and information, please be aware that you may not get straight through and patience is required.

outside the animal centre’s operating hours please call 03 366 3886


90 Disraeli St
Christchurch 8024

PHONE: 03 366 1052

For veterinary assistance for your own animal, please call or visit your usual vet clinic. 

To download an Earthquake Animal Welfare Information poster to distribute around your affected area on community notice boards, shop windows and vet clinics, please CLICK HERE. The poster can be printed in A4 or A3 size.



Due to the sheer volume of lost and found pets being reported to the Canterbury SPCA after the recent earthquake, they are unable to offer their usual Track-A-Pet service.

They ask for owner action and public assistance with the process of re-uniting animals with their owners.


We strongly recommend the following:

Lost Pets

IF YOU HAVE LOST A DOG, in the first instance please phone Animal Control on 021 240 8310.

FOR ANY LOST PET, call the SPCA to check if it has been handed in to the Animal Centre - phone 03 349 7057.

REGISTER your lost pet on or or both. If you have difficulty doing this, please call 0800 LOSTPET (0800 567873) for assistance.

Try to include the following information about your pet:

  • Pets Name
  • The date it went missing
  • Street/ suburb/area it was last seen
  • Breed
  • Colour
  • Sex (and if speyed or neutered)
  • Age
  • Microchip No.
  • Other detailed information, e.g. collar, distinguishing features/markings, medical needs

Found Pets

IF YOU HAVE FOUND A DOG, in the first instance please phone Animal Control on 021 240 8310.

IF YOU HAVE FOUND A CAT, in the first instance please leave it alone, its owner may be in the area looking for it. If you know that a cat is not being cared for and you are able and willing to feed and care for it, please do and if you need food, please call the SPCA Animal Centre for advice and assistance on 03 349 7057.

If you are able or willing to care for a pet you have found, please register it as 'Found' on or or both. If you have difficulty doing this, please call 0800 LOSTPET (0800 567873) for assistance.

Try to include the following information about the found pet:

  • The date found
  • Street/ suburb/area it was found
  • Breed
  • Colour
  • Sex (and if speyed or neutered)
  • Age
  • Other detailed information, e.g. collar, distinguishing features/markings...

All animals brought into the animal centre will be listed as FOUND on or

CLICK HERE If your animals are suffering from stress for behavourial advice from the Massey University Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT).

Lost/Found Pets


Animal Welfare Emergencies

How You Can Help

Lost/Found Pets

For all enquiries regarding lost/found pets, the following resources are available:

Canterbury SPCA


See the top of this page for information on how to report a lost/found pet.

Pets on the Net

New Zealand's nationwide database for lost and found pets. You can also call 0800 LOSTPET (0800 567873) for assistance.




Trade Me

Trade Me has set up an earthquake support page, with an area for Lost and Found pets.


Animal Aid: Christchurch Earthquake

A Facebook page set up by our friends at SAFE which collates information on lost and found pets, offers for help and ways to donate to various animal welfare organisations in Christchurch.


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Please visit for accommodation listings and to list your house/bach as available - includes pet friendly listings.

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Animal Welfare Emergencies

For all animal welfare emergencies in the Canterbury region, please contact Canterbury SPCA.

For all emergencies between 9am and 4pm, please phone 03 349 7057 ext 201 or 205.

For all emergencies outside the animal centre’s operating hours, please call 03 366 3886.

Visit for more advice.

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How You Can Help


Canterbury SPCA

Canterbury SPCA is currently accepting donations to assist with their relief efforts. Information on how to donate via direct credit is available on their website,


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