What we do
Each year the Marlborough SPCA finds new homes for hundreds of animals - dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, goats and more. We try to ensure that all healthy animals coming into our care are offered the chance to be placed in loving new homes.
By making us your first adoption option you are helping to ensure that great animals find new homes and have a happy life that they deserve. So many of the animals that come into our care have been surrendered by their previous owners for different reasons, but deserve a second chance at a new beginning.
Our aim is to match the right animal with the right family so that the adoption is a permanent and successful. With this in mind, we take time to find out a little about you, your lifestyle, your property and your experience with animals - this is especially the case with adoption of puppies and dogs.
Adopting an animal is something you should carefully consider. It's a decision that may affect the next 20 years of your life. There is no 'time limit' for animals available for adoption at Marlborough SPCA. We will care for them for as long as it takes for the right home to be found.
If you are looking to find the perfect animal for your family the Marlborough SPCA can help!
Before you adopt please read our section on adopting an animal.
Marlborough SPCA has 2 inspectors and 3 auxiliary officers for the Marlborough region which covers the Rai Valley in the North, Marlborough itself, Marlborough Sounds down to Kaikoura in the South.
Inspectors respond to allegations of animal cruelty and neglect. They can remove and maintain possession of any animal where they reasonably believe that an offence is being, or has been, committed. Inspectors are appointed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) to enforce the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
The key duties of an inspector are:
- responding to complaints
- collecting sick or injured stray animals
- providing transport for owned animals in need of urgent veterinary treatment
- checking the properties of people who want to adopt a dog from the SPCA to ensure their section is fully fenced
- attending rodeos and other animal events to check they are operating legally
- giving educational talks to schools, colleges and clubs
- generally teaching people to be more aware of their animals' needs encourages them to become more responsible and hopefully a better owner.
- in cases of intentional cruelty or extreme cases of neglect, the Inspectors have the power to prosecute under the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
Last year our inspectors investigated around 150 incidents relating to animal cruelty and neglect. Educating owners about their responsibilities plays a large part in resolving these incidents.
From November 2013 to November 2014 the centre dealt with 553 separate incidents relating to animals.
16 were ambulanced to the local vets
77 abandoned animals were accepted for rehoming
33 complaints were followed up
21 animals were impounded
236 lost and straying animals were dealt with
128 Unwanted animals were accepted for rehoming
36 wild animals were taken in
Of these 553 animals 384 were successfully rehomed.
Marlborough SPCA cares for lost cats, kittens, puppies, and small animals. We care for the animal for 7 days before the animal becomes our property. In cases where the animal is healthy and can be adopted, we put them up for adoption after the 7 days, if no owner has come forward.
We have a Trac-a-pet program that makes looking for lost pets handed into the SPCA easier than ever. We scan all incoming animals for a microchip. You can call More FM and/or Classic Hits have 'Pet Patrols" twice a day and will broadcast the details of your pet.
We no longer try and keep track of lost and found pets out in the community. However you are encouraged to use www.petsonthenet.co.nz to list any you have lost or found. The Marlborough Express will publish found animals free of charge and will advertise your lost pet but there will be a charge. Their number is 520 8918. You can also ring the local radio stations 578 0129 and 579 0393. You are welcome to ring us or call in to see if your pet has been brought to the centre and all found animals here are advertised on radio, in the newspaper (3 nights) and on www.petsonthenet.co.nz
For lost and found dogs call Animal Control 03 520 9033
Pets on the Net is New Zealand's nationwide database for lost and found pets which runs a free lost and found pet service fed by information from many SPCA's, animal shelters, vets and of course the public. www.petsonthenet.co.nz
Animal Care Unit: Medical and Micro-chipping
Marlborough SPCA has an animal care unit where we can carry out basic animal care and rehabilitation of incoming animals. If an animal shows signs of ill health it is taken immediately to a local vet in Blenheim.
We check each animal that we receive for a microchip so we can find out their registration number, check the database and contact their owner. We microchip all animals before they are adopted.
Animal Care Advice
We can be contacted to provide information on basic animal care but you are also asked to check with your local vet.
Education and Training
Education plays a key role in cruelty prevention. We are developing a new education programme to create awareness in our community to ensure that people take a caring attitude towards animals and people.
These will be aimed at:
- early education centres
- primary schools
- intermediate schools
Our staff are available to carry out education talks to schools. They will visit your school, club or organisation or you can come and visit us as we have an educational facility at the centre. We regularly visit students of all ages, clubs and adult organisations. Presentations are flexible and can cater to individual needs upon request.
Training and Behaviour problems
Our Animal Care Officer evaluates the temperaments and personalities of the animals at our adoption centre. While in our care, we address various behaviour needs that we identify or may develop.
We can also recommend the following companies who can assist with behaviour issues
If you know of an emergency involving animal injury, cruelty or neglect, you should immediately contact us on:
03 572 9156 or out of hours: 027 201 9016
You will be asked to supply the following details and we ask that you give as much information as possible (your details are strictly confidential):
- your name, address and phone number, which allows us to contact you to advise outcomes.
- the exact location of the animal and a clear description of the animal; i.e. species, breed, colouring, and condition.
- the registration number and description of any vehicles involved.
- the name and address of the person/s you think may have committed an offence, if known to you.
- the date, time and place of the accident or offence.
- advise if you are prepared to testify in court.