Our dedicated veterinary hospital team helps every animal that comes to the SPCA.
Every animal is seen by an SPCA vet when they arrive. For many animals this can be a simple routine health check. Sadly, for those with significant medical issues getting back to health can involve intensive treatment, long-term care and in some cases emergency life-saving surgery.
All animals are vaccinated before they are put up for adoption, which helps stop the spread of diseases like cat flu and parvo.
All companion animals are microchipped and registered on a national database. Microchipping is one of the best forms of identification, and it means that if an animal is found they can easily be reunited with their owners, provided the contact details are kept up to date.
Thousands of stray animals come to Wellington SPCA each year. Only de-sexing will reduce the number of unwanted and neglected animals and reduce the suffering caused as a direct result. We de-sex all companion animals before they are put up for adoption.
SPCA vets routinely perform life-saving surgery on animals that come into the hospital, working tirelessly to ensure the best outcome for each one.
We are extremely grateful to our volunteer foster parents who provide temporary homes for animals that are recovering from flu, other illnesses or surgery. These animals are given a quiet, loving temporary home to recover before they return to one of our centres to be put up for adoption.
Having been hit by a car, young Arthur was brought into Wellington SPCA’s veterinary hospital after being stabilised by a local vet.
Once we knew there were no life-threatening injuries, Arthur was sedated to confirm our suspicion that he had two nasty fractures in his lower jaw and a fracture affecting his right front leg, which meant he could not feel or move it properly.
Our first priority was to stabilise Arthur’s jaw, so he could eat and drink by himself.
Our surgeons operated 2 days after he arrived and placed wires to hold his jaw safely in place. We also found some nerve damage in his fractured right front leg. Arthur was put on cage rest and soft food for a week to assess his progress.
Ten days after admission, Arthur was eating well, happy and running around – despite his injuries. However, his leg was not getting better and he was aggravating his injury by using his wrist to walk instead of his paw. We placed a splint on his right front leg to keep his paw in the correct position and sent him to a foster home for a month so he could recover in a comfortable and stimulating environment.
Unfortunately the nerves in Arthur’s front right leg never healed properly and it was decided that amputation was his best option. A day after the operation, he was back to his happy self and moved into the Dog Run where he could mix with other dogs.
Arthur had one last visit to theatre to remove some fractured back teeth before he could be adopted. Once again, he bounced back from surgery, woke up with an appetite, and was soon back playing with his canine buddies.
Finally Arthur was neutered, vaccinated and microchipped and ready for adoption. Living on three legs will have some challenges for Arthur and he may develop early arthritis in his remaining legs. But as long as he gets regular health checks, he will live a very happy and mischievous life.
Thanks to supporters like you, Arthur was given a second chance and has now found a loving new home. Your donation will help us to ensure all animals that come into our care are given a second chance. Please, donate today.
animals were de-sexed
animals received a clinical examination
required vaccinations against disease
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