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Achievements celebrated and inspiration shared at SPCA Annual Conference

Friday, 13 May, 2011

National Chief Executive Robyn Kippenberger, Saving Lives Ambassador Sara Elliott-Warren and President Bob Kerridge at the SPCA’s 78th Annual ConferenceSPCA New Zealand's 78th Annual Conference was an inspiring event which saw SPCA centres celebrated for their achievements with the SPCA Saving Lives philosophy, and powerful messages shared by speakers Annah Stretton and Tom Agee.

The achievements of twelve of the forty eight SPCA centres were celebrated by the attendees. Awards were presented and each centre was given the opportunity to share their success stories, highlighting that Saving Lives is very much possible, and giving all attendees practical ways to make Saving Lives work in their SPCA centres.

Annah Stretton shared the inspirational story of her success. Her determination and motivation to achieve brought home the message that the only thing holding one back from success is oneself – a message fully appreciated by SPCA New Zealand, with its goal of becoming the first nation in the world to achieve a 0% euthanasia rate for centre animals.

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New structure proposed for the SPCA

Monday, 9 May, 2011

One of New Zealand’s best-loved and longest-established charities is to investigate restructuring, so as to better meet the needs of the twenty-first century.

At its Annual General Meeting in Wellington, SPCA New Zealand yesterday called for a review of its structure, with a view to deciding on constitutional reforms, including the establishment of a proposed new regional layer of governance.

"The type of restructuring we're looking at, could turn out to be one of the most significant we've gone through as a national organisation, since local SPCAs from throughout New Zealand first came together in a legally incorporated Federation in 1933," says the Society's newly re-elected National President, Bob Kerridge.

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SPCA calls for total ban on layer hen cages

Friday, 6 May, 2011

SPCA New Zealand is calling for a total ban on layer hen cages.

In a submission to NAWAC’s review of the Layer Hen Code on Friday (29 April), the SPCA says any caged system of layer hen management can in no way be considered humane. This is regardless of the "enrichments" provided.

"NAWAC's draft review document suggests the introduction of enriched cages as a solution for intensive egg farming in the future," SPCA New Zealand CEO Robyn Kippenberger says.

"However, NAWAC has already conceded the keeping of layer hens in cage confinement breaches the Animal Welfare Act. The SPCA submits that any continued allowance of cage systems, enriched or not, would also constitute a breach of Section 28(a) of the Act."

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SPCA hails its Christchurch heroes

Wednesday, 16 March, 2011

SPCA New Zealand has hailed the work of its animal rescue and welfare team in the aftermath of last month’s Christchurch earthquake.

The SPCA also says that events in Christchurch have strongly vindicated its long-running campaign to have all companion animals microchipped for ease of identification and return to owners.

"Whilst the emergency services concentrated on saving human lives, the SPCA took the primary responsibility for caring for animal survivors and, wherever possible, reuniting lost pets with their owners," says SPCA National President, Bob Kerridge.

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Canterbury quake

Saturday, 26 February, 2011

New Zealand’s most beautiful city is now in ruins. Its historic buildings are reduced to rubble and will remain but a distant memory. Its very heart has been torn asunder with its beautiful cathedral standing shattered and ruptured. Homes and livelihoods have been destroyed, many forever.

However the human toll is even greater with the tragic loss of so many lives, their numbers growing daily. In addition the trauma of the living who have experienced the devastation will live with them for the rest of their lives. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to them – if we could give them a huge collective hug we would do so.

Amidst the turmoil are the animals. The SPCA has moved swiftly deploying our experienced rescue team to attend to those animals in need, the injured, abandoned, lost and distressed. The SPCA will not be undertaking a fundraising campaign at this time as our current focus is to utilise our expertise and resources to help the animals and their human families. We will, in time, hear from our team on the ground of any resources that may be needed, and if in excess of our ability to provide, we will ask for assistance.

We are with the people and the animals in Christchurch and know that the New Zealand spirit will prevail.

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