ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE NZCAC
Position Papers are published from time to time on animal issues to reflect the consensus view of the members of the NZ Companion Animal Council. These papers have encompassed such issues as dangerous dogs and a grading system for dangerous dogs, a cat position paper and a Microchipping policy paper.
Codes of Welfare
Much of the focus of the Council has been the formation of writing groups from its membership base to draft Codes of Welfare for submission to the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC). These codes provide minimum standards for animals that are expected in law, in addition to recommended best practices acting as useful educational information for animal guardians.
Codes of Welfare have included the first New Zealand code for cats, now published and released by NAWAC, and a code for dogs. Click here to view
The group is presently undertaking the drafting of a code of welfare for the Temporary Housing of Companion Animals covering establishments such as pet shops, boarding establishments, animal shelters and pounds.
A Code for Service Animals will be drafted during 2010/2011.
These have been held each year since 1990 throughout New Zealand including Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Rotorua, Hamilton, Palmerston North and Nelson and have included inspirational International speakers from the UK, USA and Australia in addition to leading animal exponents from Nevv Zealand.
Full details of the next conference appear on this website together with booking mechanisms when appropriate.
Exhibitors are also welcome at the NZ Companion Animal Conferences, and the full technical details are also available on this website.
For conference details and information click here .
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 we have created the New Zealand Companion Animal Register.
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 click here .