Who are we?

The Humane Society of New Zealand Inc was established as a registered charity in 1975 and has been listed with Charities Services since its inception.

The society does not own facilities but relies on its volunteers to take the rescued animals into their homes with their own families and animals.

Started by a small group of volunteers it continues to be run totally by volunteers. The Society receives no funding at all, relying on membership, donations and bequests to continue its work.

Annie, rescued by the Humane Society & adopted in March 2005.

What do we do?

The Humane Society rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes. Our aim is to improve the situation of needy animals as we are made aware of them.

Most of our rescue dogs come from local Animal Shelters. Both the Shelters and the Society temperament check so that we can provide good information about the dogs to prospective new owners.

We rehabilitate these dogs according to their needs. They are fully vet checked, treated for worms and fleas, vaccinated, desexed, registered and microchipped. They are then carefully rehomed following a detailed procedure and property check.

The Society provides support to the new owners over the rehoming time and is always available for ongoing advice and assistance.

Although our volunteers are not professionals, between us we have amassed a great wealth of experience. We are happy to provide a listening ear and suggestions for those struggling with an animal related difficulty. We DO NOT give advice pertaining to health matters as this is the domain of a qualified Veterinarian.

Our volunteers take phone calls seven days a week between 9-5 pm  Please respect their privacy and call during these hours only.

Whether we are on the phones, fostering and rehoming dogs and cats, fund raising or processing applications for desexing subsidies, we are all volunteers at the Humane Society and fit these activities around our normal lives. We ask people who deal with us to be respectful of this – we are all working for the improved lives of the animals in our care and in the community.