Welfare Response

Our Wellington SPCA Inspectors work on the front line 7 days a week, 365 days a year, recovering animals who have been in an accident, abused or abandoned. Last year Wellington SPCA Inspectors attended over 2,700 emergencies and over 4,500 call-outs to save animals across the Wellington region, driving over 150,000 km.

There are thousands of animals in the Wellington region who find themselves in harm's way each year. These animals need someone to intervene on their behalf, attend and care for them, and ensure they can live the life they deserve.

It is the SPCA’s Inspectorate team who are the first port of call when animals have been in an accident, are the victim of deliberate cruelty, or have been neglected or abandoned by their owners. Cases of animal abuse that breach the Animal Welfare Act 1999 can lead to prosecution by Wellington SPCA

The SPCA is the only charity with legal powers to help animals in need. If you would like to speak to our Inspectorate please phone 0800 INSPECTOR (0800 467 732).


Wellington SPCA's Animal Rescue Unit (ARU) is comprised of a group of internationally qualified emergency response volunteers who provide a technical rescue service for trapped animals, as well as responding to disasters that may strike.

Find out how to care for your pet in a civil defence emergency

Find out how to report a case of cruelty or neglect


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Ezra, the cat, followed his family who were walking their dog in a park. Unfortunately for Ezra, another dog who was also out walking decided to chase him.

In a panic, Ezra went 25 m up into a large pine tree that hung over a small stream, which was in an area with no public road access.

Despite the best efforts from his family, Ezra refused to come down.

Last year our Inspectors dealt with...

15,145 - animals came through our doors4,500

animal rescue call-outs

12,213 - found new homes2,750

emergencies attended

2,745 - were united with their owners1,078

animal welfare complaints investigated

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