Who We Are and What We Do


Together with our communities, SPCA helps protect over 31,000 animals in New Zealand every year. Animals who sick, injured, abused or simply abandoned.

As a charity, we rely almost entirely on the generosity of New Zealanders to carry out our life-saving work, as we receive only a small amount of government funding. The majority of our income comes from public donations, bequests and our own fundraising initiatives.

We are the only charity with the power to prosecute people under the Animal Welfare Act 1999.


Our Vision: All animal lives matter in our communities.

Our Purpose: To advance animal welfare and prevent cruelty.

Our Values: We are One, We are Kind, We are Brave, We Thrive, We Serve.


We are New Zealand’s oldest and largest animal welfare charity, with 29 centres and 6 vet partnerships across the country and over 31,000 animals coming through our centres each year.

The SPCA is the only charity with the power to protect all animals including prosecuting people under the Animal Welfare Act 1999. With under one percent government funding, we rely heavily on the generosity of those who choose to make a difference.

Our organisation’s founding ethos is ‘to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves’. With your support, we deliver this every day through our vision, values and policies.

Our Structure

The SPCA is an incorporated society, led by a CEO and governed by a voluntary Board of Directors

Download our Constitution 

Our Strategic Objectives

  • Advocate and influence

  • Educate and engage

  • Deliver positive animal outcomes

  • Seek justice

Our Facilities

Facilities at SPCA centres vary greatly throughout New Zealand. Our centres rely heavily on help from volunteers in order to carry out their day-to-day operations. We have warranted inspectors and field officers across the country who investigate complaints of cruelty and to enforce the Animal Welfare Act 1999.

Learn more about the six pillars of our work HERE