Adopting A Cat or Dog
If you are interested in adopting a cat or kitten please click here or you can simply contact us for more information about the adoption process.
Plea to the Public of Northland
The SPCA's ROLE in the Community
There seems to be a misconception with the public that the SPCA's primary function is to take in and re-home all and any stray cats and/or dogs.
The SPCA's primary function is to prevent and alleviate cruelty to animals when and where we can.
Unfortunately, unlike some of the big SPCA groups in the USA, Australia, England and parts of New Zealand, here in Northland we have in reality - a very limited income, small facilities and few staff. At present we are currently operating with 1 inspector and they have to cover the whole of the Northland area.
We just do NOT have the facilities or staff to accommodate a fully fledged 'vet hospital' or care facility which would be needed to process and re-home ALL the stray animals in our area. The BOI SPCA has to use local vets and while they offer us generous discounts, we still have to pay for their services and this does add up and sucks up most of our donations in monthly fees.
WHAT DO I DO about stray cats & Dogs found in our Community?
In the BOI we have a duel system and stray dogs in the BOI area are dealt with by the Far North District Council Animal Control, leaving us to deal with injured, sick, abandoned and mistreated dogs.
Stray Cat advice:
SPCA's Microchipping service.
The SPCA can microchip your dog or cat for you and list it on a national internet database called The Companion Animal Register.
Reef the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Below) was stolen but because he was microchipped, Reef was identified and reunited with his original family. Contact us for more details about microchipping.
Lucky Lacey's New Home
Lacey came to us some months ago as a stray. As she was microchipped, we were able to find her owner. Unfortunately, her owner was no longer able to care for her due to her own ill health.
We took Lacey in to Bay of Islands Vets and when she was checked it was discovered she had early skin cancer lesions on her ears. We decided that as she was such a delightful cat to go to the expense of having her ears cropped to halt the spread of the cancer. Also she is at least 7 years old.
After a couple of months in "rehab" (foster care), she was brought back to the centre and put up for adoption. We applied to Animates to see if she would fit in their "special needs" category and were delighted when she was accepted into their Animates Angels programme and on the 14th of August she was sent down to their Silverdale store. The Animates Angels programme puts on a special advertising campaign around the cat , highlighting its disabilities rather than hiding them. There are many many people who want to give loving homes to these kind of animals.
I received an email from Animates on 18th August to say that Lacey had only been in store for 5 mins and was adopted by a young couple. Lacey has certainly had Angels watching over her for the last few months and I am so delighted that she has found a forever home at last.
Bev Holdsworth, Bay of Islands SPCA Cattery Manager.
Cupcake Day Success
The Bay of Islands SPCA’s cupcake day on Monday August 25th inspired the domestic goddesses of Northland to cook up an incredible cupcake storm. Once the flurry of flour, eggs and icing sugar finally settled an amazing total of $2600 was raised.
Suzi Franks, the BOI SPCA’s new fundraising co-ordinator was beside herself on hearing the final total - as peoples personal dedication is the key in this particular fundraiser – actually making and decorating the cupcakes takes time and effort THEN they have to set up stall and sell them.
Dedicated SPCA fundraisers like Sue Moorehouse of Mill Lane Snack Bar spent an astounding 5 hours attached to her piping bag and raised $230. Wendy Pearson, the SPCA’s secret master baker, spent hours up to her elbows in icing sugar and real fruit to produce the beautifully presented cupcakes which brightened KeriKeri’s CBD morning breaks and chased away the Monday morning blues.
All over Northland teachers and children joined the project with gusto – logging on and signing up to the National Cupcake website was part of the learning experience.
On behalf of the animals the money raised will benefit, the BOI SPCA would like to extend a BIG Thank You to all who participated for the incredible, awesome $2600 raised.
A real SWEET success.
Our mission is to advance the welfare of all animals in New Zealand by:
SPCA's FREE FOOD desexing scheme.
You can enrol on the SPCA's desexing programme anytime - when you make weekly payments toward your pets desexing operation, you will receive free pet food each week.
Every year, SPCA Centres around the country receive: