Seek Justice

The SPCA is the only charity with the legal powers to help animals in need, and bring animal offenders to justice. Our Inspectors are authorised under the Animal Welfare Act 1999 to protect all animals from abuse, neglect and abandonment.

SPCA Inspectors act as law enforcers to ensure the safety of Auckland's vulnerable animals.  If there has been a deliberate act of violence or neglect, our Inspectors seek justice through the courts, acting as the voice for animals.

Animal welfare investigations: Last year our team of Inspectors investigated 3,128 animal welfare complaints across the Auckland region.

Education and advice: In many cases our Inspectors are able to work with the community to ensure the right outcome for an animal.  Education and advice is our first preference as through education we improve the care of animals long term in the community.

Compliance orders and written warnings: Sometimes we need to provide more support with specific guidance or support materials to help people meet their obligations.  Other cases require a formal approach with specific directions and instructions to comply.

Find out about how to report a Case of Cruelty or Neglect

Neglected cat abandoned at vet clinic

SPCA Inspector Peggy Link was called to Great South Vets after a kitten with a severely diseased eye was brought in for desexing.

Concerned for the welfare of the animal, the clinic refused to perform the operation unless they could also treat the eye and relieve the kittens suffering.

The owner was given the option to surrender the cat if she could not afford treatment, but instead left the kitten at the vet clinic. Read more...

Last year through SPCA Auckland Inspectors...

15,145 - animals came through our doors3,294

animal welfare complaints were investigated

12,213 - found new homes414

animals were seized from their owners

2,745 - were united with their owners769

animal emergencies attended

  • Animal Rescue
  • Seek Justice
You may have seen footage on TVNZ's Seven Sharp last night that showed our SPCA... more
  • Rehabilitate
  • Animal Rescue
  • Prevent Cruelty
  • Shelter and Rehome
  • Seek Justice
SPCA Inspector Melissa will never forget the day she first met Sully. He was locked in a dark room,... more
  • Rehabilitate
  • Animal Rescue
  • Prevent Cruelty
  • Shelter and Rehome
  • Seek Justice
The SPCA List of Shame has been released today, highlighting 11 of the most shameful cases of... more

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