Collectors for the SPCA often take their pets to help raise funds for the charity

Calling for collectors

by Ann van Engelen

The Christchurch SPCA needs animal lovers and animal-loving volunteers to help collect much-needed funds for animals during the annual street appeal between March 2–8.

It is the charity’s biggest fundraising event of the year, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for animals in need.

“Every year, we are overwhelmed with the amazing response from Cantabrians and their willingness to sign up to collect for SPCA’s Annual Appeal. Pair that with the generosity of donations from the community, our appeal is extremely successful and a great way to spread awareness and fundraise for the animal in need at SPCA,” says SPCA general manager — marketing and fundraising, Dominique Leeming.

Signing up for two hours of collecting makes a lifetime of difference for neglected and injured animals across the country.

“Pets are welcome to join in on the fun, with dogs, goats, horses and even a llama and a chicken accompanying their owners in the past and taking part to encourage donations from generous Kiwis.

“The SPCA helps protect 40,000 animals every year across the country and relies entirely on the generosity of the community to do our critical work saving the lives of animals. It is the only New Zealand charity entrusted to uphold animal welfare law and has the power to prosecute those who offend against animals.

“Donations help our inspectors rescue animals, give them love, care, provide a warm bed at our shelters, give them critical medicine and veterinary support, and help them find new homes with their loving forever families. The appeal is proudly supported by our friends at The Coffee Club. During appeal week they will be celebrating with an in-store fundraiser, so be sure to visit one of their 66 locations across New Zealand. Spread the word team — we can’t do this without you.”

Volunteers can register at