New Zealanders own more pets per household than almost anywhere in the world.
The trouble is, neglect is on the rise, which makes the work of the SPCA more crucial now than ever before.
Through the agency's intervention, some animals are getting a second chance. But the SPCA says it needs help from the public - people unafraid to tell them if animals in their neighbourhood are not being looked after.
Greg Reid from the SPCA says tradespeople working in people’s homes can often be their eyes and ears on the ground.
“Tradespeople will often see things that members of the public may not – we get a lot of calls from tradies and we would encourage them to give us a call to let us know what’s going on,” he says.
Seven Sharp’s Carolyn Robinson visited a couple of poodles who had been rescued by the SPCA – it’s a tough tale, but with a happy ending.