Please read these from OneSPCA. There is no plan to resolve the issue of Stray Cats. They are left to the 74 Cat Rescue Groups in New Zealand to rescue and feed. Sadly, in spite of their best efforts,  most die of sickness and stavation.

Thu, Mar 31, 3:44 PM)

 Hi Peter, I believe that the content in my previous emails answers these questions as much as I am able to at present. Please see below for specifics All the best. Rebecca 

Rebecca Dobson National Desexing Programme Manager | Christchurch Centre
SPCA | Christchurch Centre | 14 Wilmers road. P.O Box 16880 Christchurch
Christchurch | 8025 | New Zealand E:   | W:

 From: straycats straycatsnz <>

Sent: Thursday, 31 March 2022 1:32 pm

To: Rebecca Dobson <>

Subject: Stray cats 

Hi Rebecca, Many thanks, but no, it does not answer my question. 

What is the Action Plan, complete with goals, target, personnel, and funding for the reduction in the number and suffering of stray cats? As I have mentioned in my previous emails, a public-facing strategy will be coming out. 

What data and on what platform does OneSPCA record stray cats and colonies? I believe Jono Peddie has answered this question for you 

What management reports do you receive on stray cats,and to what use are they put? Our internal reporting and documents such as the NCSMG report, inform our strategy. 

What research is currently being carried out on stray cats by the Research division, and when are reports likely to be published? This sits outside my programme. 

Best wishes, Peter 

On Wed, Mar 30, 2022 at 3:04 PM Rebecca Dobson <> wrote:

 Hi Peter, As you know, SPCA is a charitable organisation that receives very little government funding. We are here for all species of animals in New Zealand. As such, we do not have the resources to actively search the whole of New Zealand looking for stray cats. We have to rely on the general public to alert us to animals that need help. We do the best we can with the resources available to us, knowing that it is not only stray cats that need our help. We continue to advocate for the implementation of humane and sustainable management strategies, including effective non-lethal cat management, such as managed targeted trap-neuter-return programmes with the overall goal of no stray cats in New Zealand. We acknowledge the efforts that many people go to in order to support the lives of individual stray cats and those living in colonies. SPCA advocates for humane and effective stray cat management that results in no stray cats in New Zealand. SPCA also advocates for the implementation of management strategies carried out in accordance with best practice guidance (such as ear tipping). SPCA does not support managed targeted trap-neuter-return programmes in ecologically sensitive areas where cats pose a significant risk to native wildlife. I hope that this answers your question. Kind regards, Rebecca 

From: straycats straycatsnz <>

Sent: Tuesday, 22 March 2022 11:11 am

To: Rebecca Dobson <>

Subject: Stray cats The problem is that OneSPCA does not provide a comprehensive rescue service for stray cats, leaving it to individual members of the public to "bring them in." The net result is continued suffering for the strays, and more kittens, most of whom die. Is this Preventing Cruelty? Best wishes, Peter 

On Tue, Mar 22, 2022 at 8:21 AM Rebecca Dobson <> wrote: 

Hi Peter, To answer your question, we provide welfare services to all animals who are sick, injured, vulnerable, and abused; this includes stray cats. Please see our website on all the various ways we are caring for the animals of New Zeland If anyone contacts us about an animal they are concerned with, including stray cats, we will provide the appropriate response or advice for that situation. We also have desexing campaigns currently running throughout New Zealand, which as I have explained before, contributes to reducing the number of stray cats. I trust that this answers your questions on what SPCA is doing for stray cats. All the best Rebecca 

 From: straycats straycatsnz <>

Sent: Thursday, 17 March 2022 4:26 pm

To: Rebecca Dobson <>

Subject: Stray cats 

Hi Rebecca, Many thanks, but this does nothing for the numerous strays that are out there today. What is the OneSPCA strategy to reduce the suffering currently undergone by stray cats? Best wishes, Peter 

On Wed, Mar 16, 2022 at 4:01 PM Rebecca Dobson <> wrote: 

Hi Peter, While SPCA has been doing a lot of desexing work over many years, The National Desexing Programme is very new. This programme will involve a holistic and multifaceted approach to desexing that will reduce the number of unwanted animals in New Zealand and by proxy, the number of stray cats. A public strategy for this programme will be made available later this year. Once we have this up on our website, I will also forward a copy to you. All the best. Rebecca 

To: Rebecca Dobson <>

Subject: Stray cats 

Hi Rebecca, Very pretty, but a long way from a detailed Action Plan. Do you not have one? Best wishes, Peter 

On Tue, Mar 15, 2022 at 2:12 PM Rebecca Dobson <> wrote:

 Hi Peter, Thank you for your advice and your feedback regarding Snip n Chip. In terms of the action plan, I have attached our one-page strategy for 2019-29; this can also be found on our website All the best Rebecca 

 From: straycats straycatsnz <>

Sent: Tuesday, 15 March 2022 11:21 am To: Rebecca Dobson <>

Subject: Stray cats 

Hi Rebecca, Many thanks; pleased to hear that Snip and Chip is progressing. I have a copy of the latest NCSMG report, which at this stage is nothing more than a piece of paper. I am looking for the OneSPCA Action Plan to resolve the issue of Stray and Abandoned cats, with the goal of: No More Strays. The first step is to establish a database, based on information from the public, on the location and number of stray cat colonies and number of stray cats there. This will give OneSPCA an idea of the size of the problem, and therefore the resources required to resolve this issue. Contact Fiona and David of the Companion Animal Trust, as they are working on this now. What is the OneSPCA Plan of Action? Best wishes, Peter 

On Tue, Mar 15, 2022 at 10:15 AM Rebecca Dobson <> wrote:

 Hi Peter, My name is Rebecca, and I am the National Desexing Programme Manager for SPCA. Regarding your question about an SPCA Action Plan, I have attached the New Zealand National Cat Management Strategy Group Report (which SPCA is a member of). This multi-stakeholder document discusses stray cats, kittens, companion and feral cats and is publicly available from the Companion Animal New Zealand website. This document also includes recommendations for humanely and effectively improving cat management for all cats in New Zealand. We are currently working on expanding our Snip n Chip programme nationally. This will increase the ability for more people to get their companion animal desexed, which we know stems the flow of unwanted kittens and stray cats from the companion animal population. Part of this programme requires cats to be microchipped at the time of desexing, this is designed to increase lost or stray cats being reunited with their owners. I hope this helps answer your query. Kind regards, Rebecca