Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week - Shenzi

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Message from the Manager

Hi Folks

I just wanted to pop on in to thank all our fantastic supporters and fb followers. Your support be it emotional, financial or hands on is very important to us and your positive comments and feedback makes a very difficult job a bit easier. I thought I would update you on some of the awesome work that Whangarei SPCA does – all with no local council or government funding. We survive on public donations only. We continue to run our low cost desexing clinics to enable those that would otherwise be unable to afford it to have their pets desexed, thus reducing the huge problem of unwanted animals within the community.  You may not know that we also have 4 free advice clinics throughout Whangarei where we provide education and other services to aid in the reduction of neglect in areas of risk.  This was a national first – initiated by Whangarei SPCA! It has been hugely successful and has also laid the foundations for better relations between the SPCA and these communities.

In the centre we have an awesome team who provide the utmost care to those animals that are in our custody and every one of the staff and volunteers here have passion and commitment to the animals. It is not an easy job – especially when we see the negative side of what can happen to innocent animals. We have a strong commitment to finding a loving forever home for all the animals that come into our SPCA but sadly when you can receive anywhere up to 30 -40 animals a day!!(in peak seasons) We can only do so much. 

Social media is a wonderful thing for spreading the news, sharing information and asking for help, however it does have a down side – some people find it very easy to make accusations and complaints in this type of forum.  I take any complaint about our organisation/service delivery extremely seriously and ask that if you have a genuine concern that you please contact the team at the SPCA. If we are unaware of your concern directly then we cannot investigate it fairly, nor do we get the opportunity to give our side of the story.  Unfortunately, it is impossible to meet all the expectations of what some members of the public believe the SPCA should do versus what we are legally able to, financially or otherwise resourced to do. 

We continue to face financial difficulties and I can personally assure you that all funds are put to the best possible use at Whangarei SPCA and outcomes for animals is always our priority. I would gladly continue to go over and above what the mandated duties of the SPCA are if we can fund it. 

Remember – if there is no SPCA then who is going to help any animals?  If you feel we aren’t meeting your personal expectations, consider why this may be and let us discuss it with you. 

Best wishes to you all

Keep up the support – it really means a lot to our team.

Francine Shields


Whangarei Leader Pet of the Week


Hello, I’m Shenzi and I’m looking for my new furever home. I’m a 17 week old de-sexed female staffy/terrier mix and I’m going to be medium sized.. 

I’m a very smart active girl with good basic manners. That means I know how to sit, lie down and walk on a lead. I’d love a home where I will be kept busy - doing agility, on a farm, or going to work with my new mum or dad. I’m super curious and I love to learn new things. I need a home with someone who will continue my training.

So, if you are looking for a busy, bright young dog, come on in to the SPCA and ask to meet me. Hope to see you soon. Shenzi

Come visit me at Kioreroa Road, Whangarei or phone (09)4389161 (NZ)






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The Whangarei SPCA at a glance

Our centre is open 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm. We are located at 143 Kioreroa Road, next to the Re:Sort centre and Cowleys Party Hire.

The Whangarei SPCA inspectorate covers an area from the Brynderwyns across to the Kaipara Harbour, up through Dargaville to just south of Kaikohe, to Waiomio south of Kawakawa, then back across to the east coast (to just north of Whangaruru North).

Around 3000 animals are brought to our centre annually, and each year we investigate around 900 animal abuse complaints. Our Inspectors are on call 24/7 for investigation of animal cruelty and neglect and accidents & emergencies.

We receive a small amount of funding from the Government towards welfare investigations, but no financial help from Whangarei District Council, the Northland Regional Council and are not eligible for Lotteries Grants

We could not exist without volunteers and donations from the public!

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