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New Zealand Companion Animal Council

“To be a forum that will facilitate the achievement of a harmonious relationship between companion animals, people and the environment”


Throughout New Zealand there are many individuals, organisations and official bodies who are actively concerned both with the welfare and control of companion animals. The diverse nature of their philosophy and operational modus operandi creates a need for communication and the sharing of ideas so that collectively, and by consensus, each and every one of them can contribute to the improvement of the welfare of companion animals in their areas of activity.

It was this ideology that prompted the Auckland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to initiate the formation of a forum which would bring together the many and varied animal groups in an open meeting for an exchange of views and ideas. The gathering in 1990 was named the Companion Animal Workshop, and it has been an annual event ever since.

As the workshops grew in importance, and the intensity of the discussions developed into meaningful welfare concerns, it became apparent that the participants craved a structure whereby the resolutions of the meetings could be more actively pursued and topics raised could be further advanced. As a result the New Zealand Companion Animal Council (NZCAC) was established in February 1996, and has since become a respected national organisation representing the amalgam of a diverse range of animal groups.

The New Zealand Companion Animal Register

As microchipping has become more common place and in the case of dogs a legal requirement, the NZCAC recognised there was a need for a suitable New Zealand based animal repatriation system. With this in mind and working with Kiwiwebs Limited, a New Zealand based design, internet and software development company, they have created the New Zealand Companion Animal Register.

Owners of the Companion Animal Register are: The Register will be managed on a day to day basis by a private company called Animal Register Limited, who have a contract to promote, market, maintain and develop the Register on behalf of the NZCAC.

All profits from the Register go back to the NZCAC, who will distribute these amongst various animal welfare charities as well as using the funds to promote the causes of animal protection and welfare.

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