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Thursday October 15, 2015

Steve Glassey is the new chief executive for both Wellington and Kapiti SPCA

SPCA welcomes new chief executive Wellington SPCA’s brand new chief executive brings two decades worth of experience to the role. Steve Glassey, who started volunteering at the SPCA as a teenager, has replaced Ian Torrence as chief executive of both the Wellington and Kapiti SPCA. Steve became involved with the SPCA after his parents wouldn’t let him get a dog. “I spent every weekend at the Manawatu SPCA so I could have a new dog every week.” After spending time with the Manawatu area inspector, Chris decided he wanted to become an inspector himself. He was issued his inspectors warrant when he was 19-years-old, making him New Zealand’s youngest inspector - a

record that still stands today. Steve also started the Animal Rescue Unit and trained the Massey University Veterinary Emergency Response Team. Steve said Ian’s mission was to move the SPCA from Mansfield Street to the Fever Hospital. While Ian had left his mark, Steve said he was excited to take the charity to its new goal of being ‘fit for future’. “He’s done the impossible by getting us here. When I started I was told it was a great time to join because we were about to move to our new premises, that was 20 years ago. “We need to generate sustainable income instead of only relying on the usual channels of donations and bequests.”

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