The Otago Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, founded in 1882, was the first SPCA centre in New Zealand. Every Year the Otago SPCA rescues, de-sexes, micro-chips, and treats thousands of abandoned and neglected animals. The Otago SPCA also provides education to; pet owners, schools, rest homes, volunteer groups, and anyone else interested in learning more about animal welfare and care. As a not-for-profit and non-government organisation, the Otago SPCA relies entirely on donations and volunteers for support.
There are many ways that volunteers support the Otago SPCA, from fundraising to caring for animals at the centre, based in Opoho. To register as a volunteer or a street collector for the annual street appeal, 5-10 November, you may contact the centre on firstname.lastname@example.org or call the centre on 03 473 8252. You can also support the Otago SPCA by becoming a member or joining the Dog Squad. Dog Squad volunteers visit the children’s hospital and hospice with their own pet dogs. To join the Dog Squad you may contact Lyn Hayde on 03 474 9922.
Volunteering Otago’s Youth Volunteers enjoy regular presentations from Inspector and Youth Educator, Steph Saunders, as well as regular visits to the centre. Young people under 16 years of age may visit and assist the organisation when accompanied by an adult. In support of the SPCA’s recent annual Cupcake Day, volunteers from Columba College held a lunch-time bake sale at their school. Caitlin Shaw, age 13, recruited volunteers to bake and operate the stall. Ever enthusiastic, Caitlin impressed everyone with the number of delicately and brightly decorated cupcakes she prepared for the bake sale. The group promoted their fundraiser through colourful posters and school assemblies.
If you are looking for a furry addition to your family, visit the Otago SPCA at 1 Torridon St, open 10:00 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday and 10:00 am-3:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.
Heather Moore (Youth Volunteering Coordinator)