Animal Care

Choosing to have a pet in your life is a lifelong commitment. Most pets are wholly dependent on their owners for their quality of life. It is important to ensure you can properly care for your pet and understand your pet's needs.

Animals don't just need food and water, they need appropriate shelter and living space, regular vet check-ups and preventative vet care to ensure they remain happy and healthy. Just as importantly, your pet needs you: your time, love and attention. Many pets need mental stimulation and regular exercise to prevent them from becoming bored or overweight.

Click on the boxes below to find out more information on how to care for your pet.


Cats can bring enormous joy into our lives. Our cat care guide has been developed to help answer some common questions.



Our dog care guide provides information and advice on caring for a new dog in your family.


Small Animals

Small animals can be a great addition to your family, so it's important to know how to care for your new pet to ensure it is happy and healthy.



If you've recently adopted some chickens, here's some basic information on caring for your poultry.



If you have found a bird, please read this information first before bringing it to us or removing it from where you have found it.


Minimum Standards

The minimum legal standards for the care of animals in New Zealand are outlined in Codes of Welfare.


Five Freedoms

The Five Freedoms are a set of internationally-recognised animal welfare standards.