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”
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
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.
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
For more information on the Companion Animal Council or to find out
about making an application for funding, visit