SPCA Auckland

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What you need to know to adopt and animal

SPCA Auckland tries to ensure that all healthy animals coming into our care are offered for adoption to homes that will be best for the animal. SPCA Auckland reserves the right to refuse adoption.
Essential information 
  • If you wish to adopt a kitten or puppy, it is preferable, but not necessary, for someone in your household to be home during the day to supply regular small feeds and for socialisation.
  • All cats and kittens, dogs and puppies available for adoption have undergone a thorough veterinary check-up and are approved by our veterinarians.
    To adopt a dog, you must have a fully fenced property to decrease the chance of the animal straying.
  • All animals are vaccinated and treated to eliminate fleas and worms.
    The temperament and behavioural habits of all animals are thoroughly tested to ensure that they are adopted by homes that will best suit them.
  • SPCA Auckland maintains a very strict policy on de-sexing and neutering both male and female cats prior to adoption. This policy is strictly enforced as the Society's contribution to reducing the misery of unwanted animals.
How to adopt a cat
  •  It is best to call us first on 09 256 7300 to check the availability of cats and kittens for adoption. At most times we have a good selection available, but the influx of kittens particularly is seasonal.
  • Cats and kittens available for adoption may be viewed in our cattery at the Auckland Animal Village between 10am and 4pm, seven days a week. You are invited to enter the cattery runs to meet and become acquainted with the cats you like. Our cattery staff or our customer service staff at front reception will be pleased to assist with further information about any animal in the cattery.
  • Once you have chosen your cat or kitten, please ask one of our cattery staff to help you though the adoption process. If cattery staff are not available, please ask for assistance from our customer service staff at front reception.
  • You will then be asked to complete an SPCA Adoption Application. Our staff will assist you in completing it, if necessary.
  • All cats and kittens must travel in a proper cat carry box. You can purchase one from our shop if you don't already have one and they can be used for future trips to your vet for vaccinations, etc.

How to adopt a dog

  • It is best to call us first on 09 256 7300 to discuss the types of dogs and puppies we have available for adoption.
  • Dogs and puppies available for adoption may be viewed only in the Dog Adoption Centre at the SPCA Auckland Animal Village between 10am and 4pm seven days a week.
  • After completing our Dog Adoption Questionnaire, our Adoption Team will be pleased to share with you all the information that is available about the animal's background and to give you our assessment of its temperament. They can advise you and help you to select a suitable animal for your situation.
  • Adoptees of dogs and puppies may be subject to a property check by an SPCA Inspector. This is simply to determine whether adequate fencing and kennel facilities exist. Our Adoption Team will arrange for an SPCA Inspector to perform a property check and the adoption process can continue after the Inspector's approval. You do not need to be at home when the Inspector does their check.
  • We will contact you with the decision on the property check and if approval has been given, the adoption process will continue and an appointment made to collect your new companion.
  • You will then be asked to sign a form to acknowledge your understanding of the full terms and conditions of adoption before you leave with your chosen animal.
  • There is an adoption fee to be paid - you can call our Retail Team to enquire about adoption costs or discuss with a SPCA staff member during your visit.
How to adopt a rabbit or small animal
  • It is best to call us first on 09 256 7300 to check whether we have the kind of rabbit or small animal that you are looking for available for adoption. As well as rabbits, we often have guinea pigs and occasionally birds, rats and mice available for adoption as companion animals.
  • If a particular animal attracts your attention, please ask one of our animal attendants for assistance.
  • Our attendants will be pleased to share with you all the information that is available about the animal's background and to give you our assessment of its temperament. They can advise you and help you to select a suitable animal for your situation.
  • If you find an animal you would like to adopt, please note its Village Number, if available, and cage/pen number and make your way to front reception, where one of our Customer Services staff will assist you to complete the preliminary adoption process.
  • You will be invited to complete an Adoption Application form. Our staff will complete it with you, if necessary.
  • You will then be asked to make an adoption contribution and to sign a form to acknowledge your understanding of the full terms and conditions of adoption before you leave with your chosen animal.

How to adopt farm animals

  • It is best to call us first on 09 256 7300 to check whether we have the kind of animal you are looking for available for adoption. 
  • From time to time, chickens, goats, sheep, pigs, cows, horses and even donkeys have come into our care. There are stringent rules regarding adoption of these animals and our staff can advise you on these species.
  • Auckland Council can advise on whether animals such as these are permitted on your property. An SPCA Inspector will also conduct a property check to ensure suitability for a particular species.
  • If a particular animal attracts your attention, please ask one of our animal attendants for assistance. Our attendants will be pleased to share with you all the information that is available about the animal's background and give you our assessment of its temperament. They can advise you and help you to select a suitable animal for your situation.
  • If you find an animal you would like to adopt, please note its Village Number, if available, and cage/pen number and make your way to front reception, where one of our Customer Services staff will assist you to complete the preliminary adoption process.
  • You will be invited to complete an Adoption Application form. Our staff will complete it with you, if necessary.
  • You will then be asked to make an adoption contribution and to sign a form to acknowledge your understanding of the full terms and conditions of adoption before you leave with your chosen animal.