Thursday, 19 November, 2015
Southern Cross Pet Insurance has today announced a key partnership with SPCA New Zealand.
The partnership will see Southern Cross Pet Insurance’s free puppy and kitten cover offered during the SPCA adoption process, and the companies collaborating on a number of projects.
Head of Southern Cross Pet Insurance Anthony McPhail says the partnership with the SPCA will see both organisations work together on projects that highlight responsible pet ownership.
“As one of the country’s leading pet insurers we know that Kiwis are very attached to their animals – many feel similar levels of attachment to their pets as they do their children.
“However, currently many pet owners don’t have pet insurance, meaning they are exposed to what can be very high bills should their pet be affected by an unexpected illness or injury. Often this means they have to make a tough decision about keeping their pet – which no owner wants to do.”
Monday, 16 November, 2015
The SPCA has formed a new Animal Welfare Science and Education Department to be led by Dr Arnja Dale as Chief Scientific Officer.
This new department and position will provide scientific underpinning to the work the SPCA does nationwide and has been jointly established by the Royal New Zealand SPCA and SPCA Auckland, the country’s largest SPCA.
As Chief Scientific Officer, Arnja will help develop and lead this new department nationally. She will manage the animal welfare and education teams ensuring that the SPCA’s work is based on scientific evidence. Ultimately the role aims to improve the protection and welfare of New Zealand’s animals.
Wednesday, 11 November, 2015
It's not just New Zealanders who are suffering from obesity. Pets are too, with over 40% of dogs and over 30% of cats estimated to be clinically overweight or obese1,2.
Extra weight is a significant danger to their health. Cats face the prospect of increasing the risk of serious diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, painful osteoarthritis and urinary disease.
Many of us don’t realise that our pets have a weight problem, and even when we do, we may not be aware of how much it can affect their health and well-being.
Tuesday, 3 November, 2015
The SPCA is urging people not to buy fireworks this year to avoid causing fear, injury and disruption for pets.
SPCA New Zealand CEO Ric Odom says the public has known for many years that private fireworks are a danger to both people and animals. Calls for a ban on public sales have still not been met despite a Change.org petition attracting more than 32,000 signatures.
“Fireworks are traumatic for animals. The loud, unexpected bangs are distressing for many animals. It can cause them to run away creating more safety issues for people and animals.”
Monday, 2 November, 2015
One of the most shameful acts in this year’s SPCA List of Shame is two men filming themselves while encouraging dogs to viciously attack two goats, and then posting the videos on social media.
This year’s List of Shame is being released in conjunction with the 2015 SPCA Annual Appeal which is running between Monday 2nd and Sunday 8th of November and is the organisation’s biggest fundraising event for the year.
The SPCA releases its List of Shame annually to raise awareness of animal welfare issues and the ongoing need for education and vigilance around preventing cruelty to animals.