If you find an injured animal, please contact the SPCA on 09 438 9161 or Council us on 0800 932 463 or 09 430 4200 (24 hours a day).
Please contact the SPCA if you believe a dog is being mistreated.
Please contact police if stock is on the highway or have caused an accident.
Be ready to provide details of the animal and its precise location, together with your contact details.
It is important that injured animals receive treatment quickly. Other than emergency first aid, you should never attempt to treat an animal yourself.
If you find an animal that has been injured, it is important to remember the following points:
- approach an injured animal carefully. Fear and pain can induce aggressive and unpredictable behaviour, even in your own pet.
- call for professional assistance as soon as you have assessed the situation.
- where possible and safe to do so, confine the animal and/or stay with it, keeping it quiet, still and warm.
- if the animal is badly hurt, do not try to move it unless it is in a dangerous place such as on a busy road. Do not panic. Always put your own safety first.
- if you need to move a badly injured animal, use a blanket to form a stretcher. You can also use a lead as a temporary muzzle to prevent being bitten.
- do not attempt to feed or give water to an injured animal.
Remember that the best way you can help an injured animal is to call for professional help immediately.