Prevent Cruelty

Wellington SPCA works with the community to prevent cruelty and encourage the humane treatment of all animals. This means protecting animals in need by providing medical care, love and shelter at our centres in both Newtown and Waikanae. It also means educating people on how to improve their pet's wellbeing, working with owners to ensure that the standard of care is acceptable, and prosecuting those who neglect or deliberately harm animals.

Here at Wellington SPCA we do everything we can to ensure that all animals in our region – from Wellington to Otaki, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and the Wairarapa – are being looked after. Like you, we want everyone in our area to know how to look after their animals and give them the love and respect they deserve.

SPCA INSPECTORS

Wellington SPCA has a team of Animal Welfare Inspectors who respond to allegations of animal cruelty and neglect and have the legal power to remove animals from their owners. These Inspectors are appointed by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to enforce the Animal Welfare Act 1999. 

This Act bestows certain powers on an Inspector where they are able to enter onto any land, premises, stationary vehicle, aircraft or ship at any reasonable time for the purposes of inspecting animals. Inspectors are able to take possession of, and maintain possession of, an animal where they have reasonable grounds to believe that an offence against the Animal Welfare Act 1999 has been committed.

Last year our Inspectors investigated around 1,078 incidents relating to animal cruelty and neglect. Educating owners about their responsibilities plays a large part in resolving these incidents and improving the wellbeing of neglected animals. 

COMMUNITY VET NURSE

The Community Vet Nurse is a qualified veterinary nurse who works with clients referred by the Inspectorate. The Community Vet Nurse assists with low-level welfare cases to improve animal care, aid compliance, and reduce the number of revisits by SPCA Inspectors.

This community-based role exists to educate people on the basics of how to treat and care for animals, as well as assisting them to break the cycle of animal neglect. 

The aim of the role is to help owners make positive changes for their animals and themselves. By making changes and raising the standard of care to an acceptable level or above, the Inspectorate do not have to take further steps to ensure compliance or prosecute.

ANIMAL WELFARE CAMPAIGNS

We actively campaign on a wide range of animal welfare issues. Areas of focus have included successfully seeking a ban on animal testing for psychoactive substances, protesting against intensive farming, and pursuing a ban on leg hold traps and electric collars.

EDUCATION

Educating adults and future generations on the humane treatment of animals to prevent cruelty, neglect and abuse is key to improving animal welfare in New Zealand. 

ANIMAL WELFARE ACT REVIEW

A large part of our work is helping animal owners to abide by the Animal Welfare Act 1999. The Act has been under review and we have been working hard to achieve real change through improved welfare standards, which will ultimately improve the lives of animals across New Zealand. We have made detailed submissions to Parliament and will continue to represent animals during both the review of the Act and its implementation.

Find out how to report a case of cruelty or neglect

Wellington SPCA works with the community to prevent cruelty and encourage the humane treatment of all animals. This means protecting animals in need by providing medical care, love and shelter at our centres in both Newtown and Waikanae. It also means educating people on how to improve their pet's wellbeing, working with owners to ensure that the standard of care is acceptable, and prosecuting those who neglect or deliberately harm animals.

Here at Wellington SPCA we do everything we can to ensure that all animals in our region – from Wellington to Otaki, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and the Wairarapa – are being looked after. Like you, we want everyone in our area to know how to look after their animals and give them the love and respect they deserve.

Earlier this year a litter of 6 puppies, which were 2 days old, was found dumped inside a large community recycling bin.

The puppies had been tied up inside a plastic bag and would have been dead within hours if they hadn’t been found by a member of the public, who called Wellington SPCA immediately.

Last year at Wellington SPCA ...

15,145 - animals came through our doors4,813

animals came through our doors


12,213 - found new homes37,000

people participated in one of our education programmes


2,745 - were united with their owners2,500

de-sexing operations performed

  • Rehabilitate
  • Welfare Response
  • Prevent Cruelty
  • Shelter and Rehome
  • Seek Justice
  • Adopt
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  • Rehabilitate
  • Welfare Response
  • Prevent Cruelty
  • Shelter and Rehome
  • Seek Justice
  • Adopt
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