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Newsletter July15Monday, 27 July, 2015

This month, we've joined with SAFE and Farmwatch to call for a ban on rodeos. Show your opposition by signing our petition to end rodeo cruelty in New Zealand for good.

Registrations are now open for SPCA Cupcake Day! Tie on your apron, dust off your mixing bowl, and get practising; it really is the sweetest way to support the SPCA.

Plus, we give you an update on our Appeal cat Mezza, and much more.

Read our July newsletter here.

Whangarei man banned from owning animals

Monday, 27 July, 2015

2ffc99ecbacf760bb3536870bc946944567f5920 620x310A Whangarei man has been banned from owning animals for five years after he pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to ensure an injured animal received treatment to alleviate pain or distress.

Parakoti Engu told an SPCA inspector he was "too busy" with his winning rugby league team to deal with his severely injured dog Tank, who was found unconscious on the road.

Tank was left for two days after being injured. An SPCA vet found he was suffering two fractures to his skull, a spinal compression, lacerations and tenderness over his body, consistent with being hit by a car. Unfortunately Tank couldn't recover from the extent of his injuries and the difficult decision was made to end his suffering.

Read the full story at

Wellington cat lover leaves $400K to the SPCA

Monday, 4 May, 2015

spca cat newsWellington can expect a flood of abandoned kittens named Molly after a cat lover of the same name left $400,000 to SPCA Wellington SPCA.

SPCA Wellington chief executive Iain Torrance said Wellington benefactor Molly Wyatt's fortune was the largest he had accepted in his four years on the job, and would allow the SPCA to rescue and care for countless animals, he said.

"Molly's big-hearted bequest is very gratefully received and will help us continue our good work in the community."

Read more about Molly's bequest at

Trade Me considering Code of Conduct on animal sales

Tuesday, 14 April, 2015

Trade Me is looking at implementing a code of conduct on the sale of animals in response to a campaign against so called puppy mills.

Ric Odom, Chief Executive Officer of SPCA New Zealand, talked to Carolyn Press-McKenzie, the founder of HUHA, and John Duffy, the head of Trust and Safety at Trade Me.

Listen to the interview at

SPCA to launch nationwide animal-tracking software

1427436173446Friday, 27 March, 2015

The SPCA is set to launch a Plunket book for animals.

Shelter Buddy is a software system to track animals brought into SPCA shelters and keep a record of their welfare through their lives.

The animal welfare group likens it to the health software used by medical professionals - except Shelter Buddy is for dogs, cats and every other creature their inspectors or volunteers deal with.

Read more about the Shelter Buddy system at