The term ˜companion animal" is an all-encompassing phraseology given to an entire spectrum of animals with whom interaction and/or companionship is enjoyed by humans, and where a responsible guardianship is established and accepted for their welfare by humans. Where it is accepted that this degree of ˜companionship" will vary by species, the expression ˜companion animal" acknowledges the important role all such animals play in our society.
The New Zealand Companion Animal Council (NZCAC) was established in February 1996 to be a forum that will facilitate the achievement of a harmonious relationship between companion animals, people and the environment. As a result the New Zealand Companion Animal Council has since become a respected national organisation representing the amalgam of a diverse range of animal groups.
NZ Companion Animal Trust (NZCAT)
The Trust is funded by the proceeds generated through the operation of the New Zealand Companion Animal Register (NZCAR) who operate New Zealand's most comprehensive register of micro-chipped companion animals. The Trustees, who are also the founding stakeholders of the animal register, were unanimous in their belief of the benefits of micro-chipping in successfully reuniting companion animals with their owners, and were desirous that any commercial success from this enterprise should be utilized to the benefit of all animals in need. The Trust Fund is professionally managed by the NZ Guardian Trust. Click here for more information.
The Truth About Cats, Dogs and Other Animals Survey Reveals a Nation of Pet Owners and Pet Lovers - click here to read a press release (10 August 2011) from the NZCAC Patron, Bob Kerridge.
JOIN THE NZCAC - You can help!
Online applications are now accepted for membership of the NZ Companion Animal Council. Because the success of the NZCAC is fully dependent on the participation of the widest possible representation of individuals or organizations involved in animal welfare, membership to the Council has been structured to be within easy reach of anyone interested in progressing the principles extrapolated by the NZ Companion Animal Council.
The New Zealand Companion Animal Council Inc.
C/- SPCA Auckland Inc., PO Box 43221, Mangere, Manukau 2153, New Zealand
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