Dog Care and Welfare

This page provides information on dog welfare, safety and wellbeing and how to report abuse.

The New Zealand standards for dog and animal welfare and safety are set in legislation by the Animal Welfare Act 1999.

You must ensure:

  • The physical health and behavioural needs of your dog or dogs are met in accordance with good practice and scientific knowledge; and 
  • your dog or dogs receive treatment to alleviate unreasonable and unnecessary pain or distress.

If you require further information. talk to your veterinarian or dog or kennel club.

Reporting dog abuse

Report animal abuse to:

  • The Royal Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) on telephone (04) 389 8044; or
  • The Police in serious cases

Links to more dog information


Porirua City Council links:

External links: