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Caring for your pets this winter

May enews

Thursday, 12 May, 2016

This month, we talked to What Now about the work we do to protect animals in need.

We ask for your help to spread the word about a dog who is struggling to find a home and the need for community support to carry out our life-saving work.

And with winter just around the corner, we share tips on how you can make your pet more comfortable during the colder months.

Read our May newsletter here.

An update on our 2015 Annual Appeal dog Molly

Wednesday, 11 May, 2016

ben sarah flick holly 5 resizeYou may remember during the 2015 SPCA Annual Appeal we shared with you the story of Molly, a 4-month-old Labrador who was rescued by an SPCA Inspector.

SPCA Inspector Andre found Molly tied up under a house alone while her family went on holiday. The rope she was tethered to caused a deep, chafing collar wound around her neck and Molly was lethargic and hardly moving. Inspector Andre knew he had to act fast to save her life, so he took her for immediate medical treatment.

After four surgeries and several months of recovery, Molly's physical wounds healed and she went out to foster care with two SPCA Canine Attendants, Ben and Sarah. The couple eventually ended up making her a permanent part of their family and renaming her Holly.

Sarah sent us the following update on Holly's new life. I think you'll agree that we couldn't have found a more perfect forever home for this special dog.

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Have your say on proposed new animal welfare regulations

Tuesday, 10 May, 2016

mpi submissions

The Ministry for Primary Industries is proposing new regulations to improve animal welfare in New Zealand.

More than 80 major issues have been addressed, including:

  • the care of bobby calves
  • the use of prong collars
  • live exports
  • tail docking
  • farrowing crates
  • dogs left in vehicles

SPCA New Zealand encourages every animal lover to have their say before submissions close on May 19. Please take the time to read the consultation documents and make your own submission on the issues that are important to you.

Help us find homes for Amber and Holly

Wednesday, 13 April, 2016

DSC06456 enewsWe are excited to share some amazing animal stories with you this month, including a dramatic six-day animal rescue and the transformation of a dying kitten.

We ask for your help to spread the word about a long-stay dog and an ex-harness racing horse who are looking for loving homes.

You can read about how we achieved justice for a dog who was badly beaten by her owner, which would not be possible without the help of our dedicated supporters.

Rodeo season has ended and, thanks to more than 62,000 New Zealanders who signed our petition, we hope that it will be the last one ever.

Read our April newsletter here.

Fifty pigs killed in piggery blaze

Friday, 1 April, 2016

shed 1200The SPCA says the deaths of around 50 pigs in a blaze this morning highlight the need for animal emergency planning.

Around 50 pigs have been killed in a fire that ripped through a farrowing (birthing) shed at a piggery north of Hamilton this morning.

"This tragedy is a timely reminder that farmers and others working with animals must have robust animal emergency management plans in place," says the chief executive of SPCA New Zealand, Ric Odom.

"At the very least, farmers should have effective smoke alarms, fire extinguisher systems, and evacuation plans."