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A new life for Sophie

Tuesday, 30 August, 2016

SophieFive-year-old Sophie arrived at the SPCA last year after she was rescued by an Inspector from a situation of neglect. She had been confined to living in a small space and needed love, care and medical treatment.

But even though she was finally in a safe place with caring people, Sophie was still frightened. At the SPCA she spent most of her time cowering in the corner of her cage, hiding behind a towel.

We think Sophie hadn’t had much experience with people before she arrived at the SPCA and being around the hospital team was overwhelming for her.

Animals like Sophie come to us at the SPCA because the very people supposed to be looking after them have let them down. But we’ll work with them, and slowly show them that the world can be a happy and safe place.

Sophie needed to build some confidence, and learn how to live in a home where she would be treated as part of the family. So Sophie went out to foster care with one of our amazing volunteer foster families – the same Inspector who rescued her!

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Survey shows many Kiwis support rodeo ban

Monday, 29 August, 2016

DSC 9614 cropThe ongoing campaign to ban rodeos in New Zealand is very much in tune with public opinion, according to a new survey commissioned by SPCA New Zealand and SAFE.

More than half (59%) of the respondents in the Horizon Research survey would support a ban on using animals in rodeos in New Zealand. Just 25% of respondents opposed a ban.

“It’s great to see more evidence that most New Zealanders agree with our stance on rodeos and would like to see them completely banned,” says Ric Odom, SPCA New Zealand CEO.

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Abandoned by his family and left alone in a park

Friday, 26 August, 2016

FranklinOn a cold winter night earlier this year, little Franklin was abandoned by his family and cruelly dumped in a park in a cardboard box. Just four weeks old, Franklin weighed only 800 grams and was so tiny he could fit in the palm of your hand.

Franklin had no food, no water and nothing but the empty cardboard box to keep him warm. He was all alone, abandoned by the very people supposed to be looking after him and keeping him safe.

Fortunately, a kind lady heard Franklin’s desperate little cries and brought him to the SPCA, knowing it was the safest place for him. Here at SPCA Auckland, Franklin was taken to our specialist unit for puppies and was cared for by one of our kindhearted Canine Attendants, Sarah.

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This month, you can be the voice for New Zealand's animals

August newsletterFriday, 12 August, 2016

This month, you can have your say on New Zealand's dog control laws, sign up to bake a difference, and call on Countdown to improve the lives of millions of layer hens.

We thank you for helping us achieve justice for a horse who endured unnecessary pain and suffering at the hands of the person who was meant to be caring for him.

We also want to share with you the story of a very lucky cat who survived a run in with a train in Canterbury, and ask for your help to find a home for a lovely tabby who has been waiting far too long for her forever home.

Read our August newsletter here.

SPCA gears up for Cupcake Day events

Wednesday, 3 August, 2016

SPCA gears up for Cupcake DayAucklanders celebrated the SPCA's eighth annual Cupcake Day two weeks early this year by indulging in cupcakes and cuddling puppies at a pop-up dog cafe in the CBD this morning.

About 40 people attended the preview event at The Caker's Karangahape Rd shop between 10am and midday. Money raised from today's sales will go towards the SPCA's fight against animal cruelty.

The SPCA aims to raise $400,000 on Cupcake Day, which will be held on Monday, August 15, this year. The charity is asking Kiwis to contribute by baking and selling their own sweet treats and donating proceeds. To register to participate in SPCA Cupcake Day, click here.