HISTORY OF THE SPCA

The first laws to protect animals were passed in England in 1822 by two politicians who were concerned about the mistreatment of animals, William Wilberforce and Richard Martin.

The first SPCA was formed in England in 1824.  Its aim was not only to enforce the animal protection laws, but also to prevent cruelty to animals.

Over the last century people have come to realise that animal welfare is important, and  as a result SPCA's can now be found all over the world.


HISTORY OF THE SPCA IN NEW ZEALAND

The first New Zealand laws to protect animals were passed in 1878.  Within the next ten years SPCA's were operating in Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago.

Today, there are over 50 local SPCA's throughout New Zealand caring for sick, injured and neglected animals.

Each year SPCA's throughout New Zealand care for over 50,000 animals.  Many more animals are helped through our campaigns and education work.

The SPCA is not funded by the government.  We rely on donations from the public to carry out our work.