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SPCA has grave concerns about Government’s action plan to reduce dog bites

Friday, 23 September, 2016

SPCA New Zealand is expressing its grave concerns about the Government’s action plan announced yesterday in an attempt to reduce dog bites.

The SPCA recognises that dog attacks are a major societal problem that requires a serious and effective long term solution.

However, we are absolutely appalled that part of the action includes tighter restrictions around certain breeds, including preventing them from being rehomed by animal shelters. This has been categorically proven to not reduce dog bites.

“The most worrying part of this new action plan is the restriction on animal shelters, like the SPCA, preventing us from re-homing these dogs. What is going to happen to all the dogs that are guilty of nothing else than their visual appearance?” says SPCA New Zealand CEO Andrea Midgen.

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Join us in the fight to save innocent lives

Friday, 23 September, 2016

Save innocent lives like Dodie'sThe New Zealand Government has announced an action plan that will see animal shelters like the SPCA banned from re-homing dogs they see as "menacing".

Thousands of innocent lives are at risk – and we need your help.

What is going to happen to all the dogs that are guilty of nothing else than their visual appearance?

By making it illegal for animal shelters to re-home dogs of certain breeds, the Government are effectively condemning them to die.

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The launch of the draft cat management strategy

Thursday, 22 September, 2016

At today’s Companion Animal Conference the National Cat Management Strategy Group (NCMSG) has launched their draft cat management strategy implementation document for feedback.

SPCA New Zealand is a member of this Strategy Group, along with the NZ Veterinary Association, Companion Animal Veterinarians, NZ Companion Animal Council, Morgan Foundation and Local Government. The Ministry for Primary Industries are observers and Department of Conservation are technical advisors to the Group.

“At the SPCA we recognise that cats are part of the family for many New Zealanders. But we also recognise that cats can have an impact on our native wildlife in sensitive areas,” says SPCA New Zealand Acting CEO Andrea Midgen.

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Meet Murdock the blind cat and his guide cat

Friday, 9 September, 2016

Murdock MabelThis month, we have an amazing story to share with you about a blind cat who has found his way with another feline friend.

Our campaign to end rodeo cruelty in New Zealand continues as a new survey shows that most Kiwis would support a ban.

With your support, our Outreach Therapy Pets and volunteers have been bringing comfort and joy to even more New Zealanders in rest homes and hospitals.

We are also delighted to welcome a new egg distributor to our SPCA Blue Tick accreditation.

Read our September newsletter here.

SPCA Education: changing hearts and minds

Monday, 5 September, 2016

SPCA EducationWe are excited to announce that after two years of research and development, the SPCA’s new education programme has launched.

Every year, SPCA Centres all over New Zealand care for around 60,000 animals who have been abandoned, injured, abused or neglected. Looking at these statistics, and the high levels of animal abuse in New Zealand, told us that we needed to invest in education to truly impact the way people are treating animals in our country.

In July, we launched a nationwide education programme in every Primary and Intermediate School in New Zealand. The programme uses animal welfare topics to teach children the subjects of the New Zealand Curriculum. It aims to foster understanding, compassion and respect towards animals, including responsible pet ownership, by teaching animal welfare in a real life, practical way.

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