New SPCA for Auck­land

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE CLENT

Auck­land’s sec­ond SPCA cen­tre will have a doggy day­care able to take care of up to 56 pups a day.

The So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (SPCA) Auck­land’s chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drea Mid­gen said its sole South Auck­land site could no longer keep up with the vol­ume of in­jured, ne­glected and abused an­i­mals it dealt with daily.

Mid­gen said serv­ing a pop­u­la­tion of 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple, and reach­ing an­i­mals in such a large area was ‘‘prov­ing dif­fi­cult’’.

She said the SCPA had been look­ing for a new site on the other side of the Auck­land Har­bour Bridge and the 674 square me­tre Hob­sonville site ‘‘seems bril­liant’’.

The satel­lite site was lo­cated on Rawiri Place, near Hob­sonville Pri­mary School and the Up­per Har­bour Mo­tor­way. It would not have a hospi­tal.

The Auck­land wel­fare group cared for about 15,000 an­i­mals a year. Nine in­spec­tors were out on the road pick­ing up an­i­mals each day, Mid­gen re­lease.

Mid­gen said the ex­pand was ur­gent.

‘‘We can no longer work ef­fec­tively from one lo­ca­tion,’’ she said.

The ex­ist­ing Man­gere SPCA fa­cil­ity opened in 1983.

Con­struc­tion of the Hob­sonville cen­tre could be­gin in Oc­to­ber of this year.

It would have adop­tion fa­cil­i­ties and

a 500sqm doggy day­care fa­cil­ity with in­side and out­side space.

About $4.5m was needed with $1.5 mil­lion al­ready raised. said in a press need to

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An­other sec­ond site will give more op­por­tu­nity to adopt an­i­mals from the SPCA.

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