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NZ's SPCA to restructure

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/05/2016

The Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has taken a step towards unification.

There are currently 46 separate SPCAs in New Zealand, each with a chief executive or manager and board.

At a conference in Wellington on Saturday delegates of the animal welfare organisation agreed to explore a proposal that would create one legal entity.

"The change is being driven by a desire to act in a more unified way so we can better help our most vulnerable animals," RNZSPCA chief executive Ric Odom says.

"By working together, we will have a stronger voice for the animals, be able to do more to prevent animal cruelty and ensure the best level of care for the animals in our shelters."

A national support office already exists that oversees the inspectorate and manages national fund raising campaigns.

SPCA delegates will vote on a detailed proposal at a meeting early next year. No changes will be made to the structure of the SPCA until this vote has passed.

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