Our staff are trained in animal first aid and will transport seriously injured or sick 'stray' animals to a veterinary clinic for immediate treatment. The animal may be cared for by the SPCA until the owner can be contacted. There is no charge to the caller, unless they are requesting the ambulance for their own animal. The owner is responsibile for all costs involved in recovering and treating the animal in need.
It is considered an 'animal emergency' if an animal is suffering and in obvious pain and distress due to:
In the event of an animal emergency...
When you find an animal, that is not your own, in distress or in need of help you should:
Between 7am - 9pm:
Please phone us on our emergency number (03) 366 3886. We may ask you to transport the injured/sick animal to the nearest veterinary clinic. We will need to know the following:
In all emergency situations, we kindly request that you stay with the animal until the ambulance arrives and follow any requests made by the ambulance driver. We really appreciate your support of this service!
After Hours Emergencies, 9pm - 7am:
We do not operate an evening emergency service. If you have an animal emergency during this time we strongly urge you to take the injured or sick animal directly to the After Hours Vet Centre, on 90 Disraeli Street in Addington, for immediate treatment. Their direct number is (03) 366 1052.
Please note: Any wandering stock, stray dogs, barking dogs or stray dogs 'hit by cars', should be referred to your local council animal management team.
- Christchurch City Council Animal Management, Phone (03) 941 8999
- Selwyn City Council Animal Control, Rolleston (03) 347 2800, Darfield (03) 318 8338
- Waimakariri Council Animal Control, Phone (03) 311 8900
- Hurunui Council Animal Control, Phone (03) 314 8647 or (021) 873 040