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Aims / Mission Statement:

Our mission: To encourage the humane treatment of all animals and to prevent cruelty being inflicted upon them.

Our values: Compassion – Trust – Integrity – Courage – Responsibility

Our strategy:

  • Advocate and influence
  • Positive animal outcomes
  • Create awareness and drive engagement
  • Deliver and effective enforcement service
  • Ensure financial and organisational sustainability
  • People

SPCA Auckland helps protect approximately 15,000 animals in Auckland every year. Animals who are sick, injured, lost, abused or simply abandoned. We are the only charity with the power to protect all animals including prosecuting people under the Animal Welfare Act 1999. We rely entirely on the generosity of the community to do our work as we receive no government funding. 

The six key ways we are protecting Auckland’s animals in need: 

Prevent Cruelty - We work with the community to prevent cruelty and encourage the humane treatment of all animals. 

Animal Rescue - Our SPCA Auckland Inspectors work on the front line rescuing animals who have been in an accident, abused or abandoned.

Seek Justice - The SPCA is the only charity with legal power under the Animal Welfare Act 1999 to help animals in need. 

Rehabilitate - In the SPCA Auckland hospital animals receive everything from routine health checks and vaccinations, to life-saving surgery. 

Shelter and Rehome - We provide a safe haven for animals that have nowhere else to go. We give them love, care and a roof over their heads.

Educate - Our education program teaches compassion and responsible behaviour towards animals to improve the lives of all animals. 

Outreach Therapy - Outreach Therapy Pets combines the strengths of SPCA and St John to bring comfort and joy to people in rest homes and hospitals.

Overview Of Activities:

Fiona McDonald has been a part of the SPCA since 2003, where she began volunteering before becoming an employee a year later. Fiona has worked within many different areas of the SPCA, until she became sole charge of the SPCA farm area and a team member of the education programme. 

Running the farm area, includes taking in seized animals that have been neglected and abused, organising vet treatment and care for them. She also works closely with farm animal foster parents, who care for some of the farm animals who can not immediately be rehomed. Fiona also organises new permanent homes for any farm animals in the care of the SPCA. She also works closely with the Inspectorate team when it comes to farm animal issues in the field, and is an advocate for the education of farm animal owners. 

As with many not for profit charities, Fiona wears many hats, she sits on the Animal Welfare Committee, Health and Safety Committee and also uses her previous life as a Graphic Designer to help the marketing team in promoting events and uses her photography skills to help promote animals for adoption. 

For some years Fiona also worked closely with the education team, and cared for a team of education animals, that helped show children how to care for their own animals, types of animals Fiona worked with were not only farm animals but also small animals such as rabbits, rats and guinea pigs. 

Fiona is a keen supporter for animal welfare not only for animals such as cats and dogs, but also enjoys educating people on the care of farm animals, as well as the right kind of homes for small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and rats and tries to promote a new and improved way of caring for these animals, eg. a hutch is not enough. Owning her own 3 legged Kelpie cross, she is also a strong advocate on the physical needs of 3 legged animals, and has even used the techniques she has learnt to help rehabilitate 3 legged goats. 

Fiona has appeared in such shows as ‘Animal House’ and has also had experience in communicating the needs of animals through radio broadcasts. 

Of late her interests have extended to the Global plight of animals and as such fully supports the objectives of World Animal Day.

Fiona took over the role of Ambassador from Bob Kerridge who retired at the end of 2016 after 32 years of serving the animals of Auckland and New Zealand. Although no longer with SPCA Auckland, we're sure Bob will continue fighting for the animals in everything he does. Bob says: "My departure does not mean a dwindling of support ..........  I wish you ongoing success with your worthwhile efforts to unite global animal enthusiasts in bringing them all together to celebrate our lovely animal kingdom together. Good luck, and with warmest regards."

Details Of Activities:

Caring for a kune kune pig
Fiona caring for a kune kune pig.

Fiona feeding goats at the SPCA base
Fiona feeding goats at the SPCA.

Gemma, a piglet cared for at home and at the SPCA base
Gemma, a piglet cared for at home and at the SPCA.

Scotty, just one of the baby animals taken home to care for
Scotty, just one of the baby animals taken home to care for.