About Companion Animals NZ
Companion Animals New Zealand (CANZ)
“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 Companion Animals New Zealand (CANZ) was established in February 1996, and has since become a respected national organisation representing the amalgam of a diverse range of animal groups.