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By choosing to donate to the Gisborne SPCA, you’re giving one of our animals a second chance at life.
The vision of SPCA Gisborne is to advance the welfare of animals in our community by preventing cruelty, alleviating suffering, and promoting our policies through education and advocacy.
We are committed to Saving Lives and the successful re-homing and fostering programs.
Please take a moment to look through the wonderful pets we have available for adoption.
There are also many other ways you can help SPCA Gisborne, from volunteering and fostering, to donations and sponsorship.
Thank you for considering donating to our wonderful cause.
The Gisborne SPCA Animal Welfare Inspector covers a large geographical area from Te Araroa at the top of the East coast down to Wairoa. They respond to allegations of animal cruelty and neglect and have 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 200 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 the Gisborne SPCA.
Inspectors are also called upon to rescue sick, injured, stray or lost animals and wildlife. They attend more than 200 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.