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SPCA asks Kiwis to dig deep

SPCA asks Kiwis to dig deep

Two of the world-famous ‘driving dogs’ trained to drive MINI cars will be digging deep (in the sand) this Tuesday 5 November at 8am on Kohimarama beach to publicise the SPCA annual appeal.

Driving dogs Monty and Porter, along with their trainer Mark Vette from Animals on Q, will kick off the SPCA annual appeal week throughout the country by digging deep to find something special in the sand. It’s their way of saying thanks to the SPCA for rescuing them and giving them a second chance.

The SPCA annual appeal runs from Sunday 3 to Sunday 10 November and culminates in a street appeal from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 November.

“This appeal is one of the biggest fundraising events for every SPCA centre in the country,” says Christine Kalin, CEO of SPCA Auckland.

“Many people don’t realise the SPCA is a charity and assume we receive government funding. Despite rescuing more than 60,000 animals across New Zealand every year, the SPCA does not receive automatic government funding and is highly dependent on donations. So we’re asking the community to dig deep and help us prevent cruelty, seek justice for animals, and provide vital rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing services.

“Across the country, the SPCA needs to raise $20 million every year to keep our frontline services open. So this week, we're asking all New Zealanders to please give generously to the SPCA. Without the SPCA, thousands of animals like Monty and Porter would be left helpless with nowhere to go.”

Every donation no matter how small makes a difference. Here is an indication of what your donations will fund:
• $30 will provide safe refuge and a night’s shelter at the SPCA for a lost or abandoned animal.
• $50 will pay for a vet check, basic medical care, and a treatment plan at the SPCA for an animal.
• $105 will pay for a rescue call-out from an SPCA inspector for an animal in need.

“We would like to thank the public in advance for their support and also extend our thanks to Mark Vette and the team from Animals on Q. They’ve done such a great job of training the driving dogs and giving them a fantastic forever home. A big thanks to Mark and the team who have donated so much of their time to help the SPCA.”

Please give generously during the SPCA’s annual appeal – the animals need your help. Donate online at


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