Who We Are
Marlborough SPCA employs 1 full time member of staff and 5 part time and relies heavily on its dedicated team of volunteers. We never turn away an animal in need of help. We rescue, rehabilitate and re-home abused, neglected and unloved animals and where appropriate take prosecutions under the Animal Welfare Act. Marlborough SPCA is committed to making a positive difference in the community.
Our charities commission registration number is: CC23016.
The Marlborough Branch of the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Incorporated.
Our mission is to promote humane treatment, and to prevent cruelty to animals
We do this by rescuing animals in distress, caring for homeless animals, reuniting lost animals with their owners, rehoming orphaned and unwanted animals, de-sexing animals, where appropriate, so unwanted animals are not born to a life of suffering, educating children and adults about how to care for animals and prosecuting those who neglect or abuse animals.
Our Animal Welfare Inspectors enforce the Animal Welfare Act 1999 and have the power to prosecute people under this Act. They educate people about proper care of their animals.
Animal Welfare Inspectors
Marlborough SPCA has 2 Animal Welfare Inspectors whose area covers the Rai Valley in the North, Marlborough itself, Marlborough Sounds down to Kaikoura in the South. The inspectors respond to allegations of animal cruelty and neglect and has the legal power to remove animals from their owners.
Inspectors are appointed by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to enforce the Animal Welfare Act 1999. Inspectors are trained through Unitec School of Animal Health and Welfare. Their training includes planning, preparation and conducting investigations, observation, first aid to both large and small animals, emergency euthanasia, animal behaviour and transportation of small and large animals.
Inspectors must be competent and able to deal with a range of situations from aggressive animals to aggressive people, interviewing offenders, compiling evidence and presenting that evidence in a court in a clear, concise manner.
The Animal Welfare Act 1999 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 150 incidents relating to animal cruelty and neglect. Educating owners about their responsibilities plays a large part in resolving these incidents. In cases of intentional cruelty or extreme cases of neglect, the Inspectors have the power to prosecute under the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
As well as investigating complaints, our Inspectors conduct checks on pet shops, stock in transit across the Cook Strait, circuses, animals used in film, TV or advertising, animal parks and zoos. They also carry out property inspections prior to the adoption of dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and other caged animals from Marlborough SPCA.
The inspector is called upon to rescue sick, injured, stray or lost animals and wildlife, attending more than 100 incidents of this kind each year.
Animal Welfare Inspectors work with other organisations such as the Police, Animal Control, MAF, Department of Conservation and other animal agencies and groups.
All of the Animal Welfare Inspectors' work and legal costs are entirely funded by donations from the public. We do not receive any government funding to carry out this work.
The Reunite Process
Every year hundreds of lost cats, kittens, puppies, rabbits, birds and many other animals come into our centres. If we think the animal is owned therefore missing from home, we do everything we can to try and reunite it with its owner as soon as possible:
- Most animals are scanned for a microchip. If a microchip is located we will search the relevant databases and contact the registered owner immediately. It is very important that you keep your microchip registration details up-to-date.
- We enter the details of the animal onto www.petsonthenet.co.nz
- If you have lost your dog, you will need to contact your local council Animal Control first - we only collect lost dogs if they are sick, injured or very young
As an approved organisation under the Animal Welfare Act (1999) if an animal is not reclaimed from us and is healthy and temperamentally sound, after 7 days in our care it will be made available for adoption.
We strongly recommend that all pets are microchipped.
If your pet goes missing it can be a very distressing experience but there are a number of things you can do to try and locate them:
- Make sure you thoroughly search your property - check in cupboards, under the house, in sheds and garages
- Ask as many of your neighbours as possible if they have seen your pet
- Take a picture of your pet with you to show your neighbours
- Remember an animal can sometimes wander a long way from home, so don't just ask your nearest neighbours
- Go to www.petsonthenet.co.nz - this is free to use
- Register the animal as lost
- Check the Found pets section - all animals brought into us will be listed here. If you think we have registered your pet, please call us on 03 572 9156.
- Contact your local council's animal control (for lost dogs only) Marlborough 520 9033
- Call all your local vets - their numbers are listed in The Yellow Pages under 'Veterinarians'
- Put up 'Lost' posters in your neighbourhood - in shops, libraries, on lamp-posts etc. (don't forget some animals can wander a long way from home)
- If possible include a photo of your pet on the poster
- Make sure your poster clearly states 'LOST' and that you include more than one contact phone number
- Place an advert in your local newspaper
- Contact other animal welfare organisations
- Use social media - Facebook, Twitter etc - let as many people as possible know that your pet is lost
- You can come into the Marlborough SPCA on Foxes Island Road to check if your animal is in our care - please bring a photo of your pet with you.
- Call and register your pet with your local City Council as they can assist with deceased animals found on public roads
- Don't give up! Pets can go missing for weeks and sometimes years ...
If you find any animal that appears to be sick, injured or very young you should take it to the nearest vet (or after-hours vet) immediately (vets are obliged to provide emergency treatment to any animal - you will not be charged). If you can't take it to a vet, you can call us on 03 572 9156 (we operate a 24-hour 7 day-a week emergency service).
Dogs and livestock
If you find a dog without any identification, or if you find wandering livestock, you need to call your local council's animal control.
If you find any wildlife that appears to be sick or injured you should take it to the nearest vet (or after-hours vet) immediately (vets are obliged to provide emergency treatment to any animal - you will not be charged). If you can't take it to a vet, you can call us on 03 572 9156. (we operate a 24-hour 7 day-a week emergency service).
If the wild animal does not appear sick or injured, but is in danger (eg. on/near a road), if it is safe to do so, you can attempt to relocate it to a safer place.
If the wild animal is not sick, injured or in danger, our advice is to leave it alone. We recommend that you monitor the animal for at least 24 hours. Remember, the parents of young and baby animals are often not very far away. Removing a wild animal from its natural habitat can often do more harm than good.
If you find an animal that you think is a domestic owned pet that is lost please try as many of these suggestions below as possible.
- Ask as many of your neighbours as possible if they have lost their pet
- If possible take a picture of the animal to show your neighbours
- Remember, an animal can sometimes wander a long way from home, so don't just ask your nearest neighbours
- Go to www.petsonthenet.co.nz - this is free to use
- Register the animal as found
- Check the Lost pets section for any animal reported missing that resembles the animal you have found
- Put up 'Found' posters in your neighbourhood - in shops, libraries, on lamp-posts etc. (don't forget some animals can wander a long way from home)
- If possible include a photo of the animal on the poster
- Make sure your poster clearly states 'FOUND' and that you include more than one contact phone number and details of where the animal was found
- Place an advert in your local newspaper
If you still have any questions or queries, you can call us on 03 572 9156 during normal office hours.
Micro-chipping is a safe and effective way of identifying your cat, dog or rabbit – and in the event of a pet becoming lost or separated, a microchip gives an animal the greatest chance of being successfully reunited with its owner.
The 2011 Christchurch earthquake proved that microchips work; over 80% of the pets separated from their family during this devastating event were successfully reunited with their owners.
At Marlborough SPCA we are committed to finding positive outcomes for the 750+ animals that come into our care each year, and that includes doing everything we can to reunite a found pet with its family.