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Spring 2015

Inside this Issue

> Glamourpuss Ball review > Events Diary > Message from the Chair > Animal News > Poppy’s Happy Tail > Animals for Adoption > Quote to Reflect > Fundraising Calendar > Honours Board > Contact Us > Grant Providers

Events Diary BBQ Sat 5th Sept, Warehouse Hastings

Blossom Parade Sat 12th Sept, Hastings CBD

Glamourpuss Ball a Success Second annual SPCA Harcourts Glamourpuss Ball goes off with a bang! It was a fabulous night at the Old Church on the 1st of August at our second Harcourts Glamourpuss Ball & Charity Auction. Everyone was dressed up and looking beautiful, and all had a wonderful time enjoying the sponsored local wines, the delicious food and the music provided by local band Groove Foundation. This year the auction alone raised over $11,000 and we still have a number of donated items that we plan to sell via TradeMe, so expect to raise in total over $20,000. All funds raised go

directly to helping the animals and are split equally with Napier SPCA, as this is a special combined event, organised jointly between the Shelters. So many wonderful people gave very generously and made the night a very special function, special mentions are on the back page. Our heartfelt thanks also go to everyone who came along on the night. See you next year! Visit to find out more about the auction items still available.

Golf Tournament Fri 18th Sept, Hawkes Bay Golf Club

Blessing of the Animals Sun 4th Oct 9:30am at St Luke’s Havelock North, and 4pm at St Matthew’s Hastings

SPCA Annual Appeal 1st - 8th November

Paws in the Park Sun 8th Nov, Ellwood Function Centre

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Message from the Chair As we look forward to the promise of Spring everyone at the Shelter is reminded that “the busy time” is all too close. The busy time is when the shelter is over-run with dumped cats and kittens. Sadly, the busy time is getting both busier and longer, so that soon it won’t be a special time at all, it will just be, well, busy.

A H a p p y Ta i l f o r P o p p y Poppy was a very long time resident at the SPCA, coming into our care after being abandoned in an empty house with her litter of pups.

You can help us. We work on a very tight budget with no government help. We depend solely on volunteer help, events, membership, sponsorship, grants and bequests to help keep that budget positive. You can use any one of these ways to help us. From time to time we need electricians, painters, handymen and so on. Could we add you or someone you know to a list of people we can call to help? If so, please get in touch with us. We also want you to show your support for those that support us through grants or sponsorship. We continue to enjoy a partnership with Harcourts Regent Realty, and there are many others who help in a multitude of ways, including those local companies that have donations boxes on their counters. Please thank them. We’re about to get busy with events, so why don’t you come along and be a part of these? Finally, seriously consider becoming a member or extending us a bequest, and let your friends know about the help we need also.

Despite the awful experience she had, Poppy remained a bright and bubbly dog. It took a long time for her forever family to find her, but now that they have, this lovely girl’s living the life of Reilly and is getting all the love and attention she missed out on! Her new parent, Michelle, says “I chose to adopt from the SPCA because I wanted to give a previously unwanted dog a good home. Initially I overlooked Poppy because I didn’t think she was the right dog for my 3 year old. However, we spent some time with her and realized how gentle and affectionate she was. We took her for a trial weekend, and I knew instantly we’d keep her as she was so loving toward my son. She just loves to be with us and we love having her.” We’re thrilled Poppy now has the life she deserves! If you’re interested in giving a dog a new life, please pay us a visit. Read more about Poppy’s story at

It’s a sad fact that money really does determine how many animals we can help, and there will always be animals in need. It’s our goal to help as many as we can. Please be a part of this. Sharon Arcus, Vice President

SPCA calls for a ban on rodeos SPCA has joined together with SAFE and Farmwatch to call for a ban on rodeos. Rodeos are inhumane, are not in the best interests of the animals and we are completely opposed to them. They can be a terrifying and cruel experience for animals, yet in New Zealand this is currently completely legal. We believe no animal should endure such cruelty, especially simply for the entertainment of people. If given a choice, animals would prefer not to participate in rodeos, yet humans force them to do this against their will purely for our entertainment. We are now calling for the government of New Zealand to ban them - Please show your opposition by signing our petition to end rodeo cruelty for good.

Read the full media release and sign the petition at

Being a member is a valuable way to support the shelter. Please don’t hesitate to contact us or visit for a membership form

Calendars and Christmas Cards

Alicia Kennedy

RJ Plumbing & Drainage Contractors Debbie Chapman

Our 2016 Fundraising Calendars are available at $10, with all proceeds going directly to the Shelter. The format of next years calendar is different from before, in that the ‘models’ are the pets of SPCA supporters, who placed bids on their chosen month to secure a photo shoot with the talented Kelly Hosken Photography. Kelly thoroughly enjoyed undertaking the shoots, and is as pleased as we are that there’s been so much interest in the calendars from fellow animal lovers. The calendars couldn’t be made possible without the generous businesses who have sponsored each page, many of who are regular sponsors of the calendars, so we hope you’ll support them to by using their products and services whenever you can! The calendars feature beautifully shot large photos and include notable dates. Christmas Cards will be available shortly too, stay in touch with us on Facebook to find out when. Speaking of Christmas – how about getting a shot of the family to share with family and friends? Kelly Hosken Photography offers family and pet portrait photography services at reasonable prices and is available now for bookings. Visit her at kellyhoskenphotography or contact her at hello@ to book an appointment.


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“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That’s the essence of inhumanity.” -George Bernard Shaw, Irish Playwright and Critic

Fo rev er

c h a r - mature lady


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b a i l e y -beautiful girl

! t n e d i s e r e m i long t a d a m - handsome boy

murdoch magoo - male

l u c k y -gorgeous girl • affectionate and chatty

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H o n o u r s

B o a r d

Our heartfelt thanks to • Glen at QCIT Ltd for considerable help with our computers • Merial Ancare for a $400 donation • Heaven’s Bakery for donating fudge to the Glamourpuss Ball, and a whopping 2,000 cupcakes for Cupcake Day • Monique Therese Jewellery for stunning items made especially for the Glamourpuss Ball Auction • Kim & Carol Shannon of Harcourts for assisting with many of our events • Breakers Cafe & Bar for hosting a fun Quiz Night • Harcourts Regent Realty for being principal sponsor of the Glamourpuss Ball • BNZ for choosing the Shelter to be their ‘Closed For Good’ charity • Waggs & Megan at The Breeze for supporting our events •

The assistance of the following businesses made the Glamourpuss Ball a great success - thank you all.

Our thanks to everyone who helps the Shelter in any way. We couldn’t operate without the time you spend caring for the animals and helping with events, your donations and your continuing generosity. It all makes a difference.

T h a n k y o u to our Grant providers

We wish to acknowledge the support and generosity of the following Trusts: NZCAR $500 towards a microchip scanner Kingdom Foundation $1,155 towards repairs to our kitten grow room Infinity Foundation $1,000 towards worm and flea treatments First Light Foundation $5,000 for veterinary care National Service Club Hastings $307 for RTANZ membership for fuel discounts Harcourts Foundation $3,000 towards a civil defence emergency generator and equipment

G e tti n g i n to u c h w i th u s Visit us Shelter Hours 8 Heathcote Road, Hastings 10.30am–2.30pm

The RNZSPCA is proudly supported by:

Write to us PO Box 930, Hastings 4156

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Ph 06 878 8733

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Adopt from the SPCA and save a life Our animals are de-sexed, microchipped and have had their first vaccinations

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