Masterton Centre

Pilot Project –  Partial Re-opening of the Masterton Centre


The Royal New Zealand SPCA  is delighted to announce the partial re-opening of the animal care and adoption centre at 299 Ngaumutawa Road, Solway, Masterton on Saturday 14th October 2017.  This partial re-opening has been made possible through a generous Grant from Masterton District Council and will operate a six- month pilot project.

What Services will be offered?

Under this six-month pilot, the Masterton Centre will be re-opening on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays for animal adoptions only. Incoming animals (i.e. stray and surrendered) will be done though a managed entry process where a pre-approval is required before an animal is taken into care.  A weekly pick up service from the Masterton Centre will take these animals to the Wellington Centre for further care, desexing, and microchipping.  The Masterton Centre will also be used to host campaigns such as desexing, microchipping and/or vaccinating, but not operate as a veterinary practice. The Centre will also be available for SPCA education programmes and other community services as well such as providing a clinical setting for UCOL animal care students from the Masterton Campus. The Centre will remain as emergency accommodation for animals during a civil defence emergency too.

The current Inspectorate service offered by Wellington SPCA will continue to operate.

What is the Managed Entry Process?

By way of disease control and to avoid overcrowding, the SPCA uses a process called managed entry.   The SPCA endeavours to manage stray animals within the community using resources such as paper collars, lost & found posters, social media engagements and dedicated web lost & found web pages. 70% of “stray” cats are resolved with the use of paper collars and avoid the animal unnecessarily being displaced. Once these options have been exhausted, the animals are placed on a stray list and brought into the Centre when space and resources allow. Similarly, the responsibility is placed back on owners looking to surrender their animal, by requesting them to try to rehome their animal through other means, or resolve behavioural issue through education, and only as a last resort will the SPCA accept the animal after a full medical check has been performed.

What to do if you find an injured, very young or stray animal.

If you find a very young, injured or stray animal, please call toll free 0800 INSPECTOR  (0800 467732) for assistance.  This is a 24 hour assisted number.  Your local Council should be contacted in the event of wandering, stray or menacing dogs.  The SPCA does not offer support for this.

What to do if you want to surrender your animal to SPCA.

If you wish to surrender your animal (excluding dogs) to the SPCA, please call toll free 0800 INSPECTOR  (0800 467732) for assistance.  Your local Council should be contacted if you wish to surrender your dog.

What to do if you want to report an act of cruelty.

Please call toll free 0800 INSPECTOR  (0800 467732) for immediate assistance.

What to do if you want to make a donation.

Please call (04) 3897387.  The Fundraising team will be on hand to take your donation.

What will happen to the Centre after the 6 month Pilot Project is over?

The SPCA receives no government funding and the one off generous Grant from the Masterton District Council is not enough for the SPCA to reopen the Centre on a full time, permanent basis.  The SPCA relies heavily on the good will and support of the community, and so the ongoing support of the community is critical to the survival of the Wairarapa Centre.  The funds that are generated during the Pilot Project phase and the support from the community will determine the future of the Centre, but we are confident that with enough support we can continue to operate this model after the initial 6 months project has ended.

How you can help?

  • Hold a fundraiser and donate the money to SPCA.
  • Become a member.
  • Become a volunteer.
  • Lend a hand – working bees are always welcome.
  • Be a supporter of our desexing and microchipping campaigns.
  • Donate your unwanted newspapers, sheets, towels and animal toys to the SPCA.
  • Support national fundraising campaigns such as Annual Appeal and Cupcake Day.
  • Adopt your animal from the SPCA; do not buy from unknown sources.
  • Donate your unwanted clothing and household items to the Op Shop.

Any questions?

  • Call (04) 3898044 or toll free 0800 INSPECTOR (0800 467732)
  • Visit the Op Shop at 87 Chapel Street, Masterton for assistance