Formed in 2018, we hope to provide a national structure for volunteers who want to help animals impacted by disaster. We do this through assisting the evacuation of animals during emergencies, and providing initial emergency sheltering until traditional animal welfare charities can accommodate them. With no government funding, we need your help to do the right thing for the animals .Read More
We are New Zealand's only dedicated animal disaster management charity.
The few months has been busy for Animal Evac New Zealand, with the delivery of four disaster rescue courses including urban search and rescue (USAR) and swiftwater.
Animal Evac New Zealand is proud to host the Global Animal Disaster Management Conference (GADMC) to be held online in February 2021. Conference organisers are now calling for abstracts/submissions.
This weekend we completed another Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) Awareness course for our volunteer animal disaster responders. Disasters like earthquakes are not on holiday just because COVID is here and we need to get ready for the when, not if another disaster strikes.
We’re pleased to announce Animal Evac’s course programme for the second half of 2020. The courses are always popular and fun weekends, so get in quick!
We’ve been blown away over the last few weeks by the generous donations and kind messages we have received. As our deployment to Australia has now ended, further donations coming in will be used to support Animal Evac’s work in New Zealand and our response to future disasters. Donating now is a great way […]
We know there is a lot of people who wanted to help the animals affected by the Australia Fires. We have a saying in disaster response “If you want to come to the game on Saturday, you need to come to practice on the Wednesday”, simply put we only deploy trained volunteers who have undergone […]
We have a hard job on the ground, and stories like these break our hearts but this is what we are here to do. Help the animals on the ground affected by the Australia Fires. Warning: Some viewers may find these videos distressing.
Animal Evac New Zealand’s specialist disaster response team has now been deployed for 9 days in Australia. After a day of recommissioning equipment and waiting for further assignments yesterday, our team hit the ground running today. They visited each of the local vets offering our assistance and checking to see how busy they are. Luckily […]
Since our last update, the Animal Evac New Zealand’s specialist disaster response team have had some long, busy days. On Monday we welcomed additional members to the team. Antonia, Sarah, Steve and student Vet Holly’s energy has been infectious, and their skilled support very much appreciated. Over the past three days we have been tasked […]
More animals were saved today by Animal Evac New Zealand’s specialist disaster response team. After four hours of searching fire destroyed habitat on Pointer Mountain at the request of the private land owner, the team thought there was no chance for any animal to survive, but a keen eye managed to spot an echidna. Veterinarian […]
In the last 48 hours, we have been on the ground in areas devastated by the wildfires. As the first international animal disaster response team to arrive (thanks to SAFE, Air New Zealand and Travel Prefab), we have already carried out a number of operations to help the millions of animals affected by this disaster. […]
Animal Evac NZ is deploying a specialist team of volunteers to help with the Australia Fires. Can you help us be there for the animals?
Thanks to Horse SA, Animal Evac NZ has a free emergency planning guide available for horse owners to download.
Animal Evac NZ made history today, with supporting the first co-located (human and animal) emergency shelter exercise that tested a local animal emergency management site-specific plan developed by a local authority in New Zealand. The site specific plan will be revised from the debrief feedback and will provide an excellent template for others to follow. […]
Book now to secure your spot on the foundation courses running in Wellington and Napier in October. The Wellington course runs through the weekend of 5 and 6 October, the Napier course is on 19 and 20 October. The courses are always popular and fun weekends, so get in quick! After the course, you’ll come […]
On our 13th Foundation Course, we have clocked well over 200 people trained nation wide through this NZVNA accredited course on animal disaster management. It was fitting that we reached this milestone in Nelson, just months after the fires that struck the area resulting in many animals perishing in the rural areas. Animal Evac New […]
The Animal Evac New Zealand Dog Bite Prevention course is now accredited for 2 CPD points with the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association.
We had the opportunity today to present a brief oral submission to the Governance and Administration Select Committee on the draft National Disaster Resilience Strategy. We raised the many issues we have observed and encountered that are preventing New Zealand from becoming a world class leader in animal disaster management. We were the sole voice […]
The National Disaster Resilience Strategy is out for public consultation, and it fails to commit to reforming our inadequate animal disaster laws and system. Have your say so it can be changed, if you want to help save animals in future disasters. It costs you nothing apart from a few minutes of your time.
Animal Evac New Zealand is on the ground and working to rescue animals from the Nelson Fire. From door-to-door knocking to ensure residents about to be evacuated have sufficient resources to evacuate their animals, through to going into cordoned areas to rescue stock, and providing our D4H incident management system to register fire displaced animals, […]
With the support of Gareth Hughes MP, and authored by Steve Glassey, Animal Evac New Zealand has presented the most comprehensive report on animal disaster law reform at Parliament today. The presentation was launched with a guest speaker Craig Fugate, the former Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) via video conference who spoke […]
Animal Evac New Zealand’s 2019 Foundation Course series has now been scheduled and available for bookings on Eventbrite. We now offer “early bird” rates so its important that you get in quickly to get a good deal.
Animal Evac New Zealand made global history this weekend, with the application of D4H Incident Manager being tested to manage the registration of disaster affected animals during a table top exercise as part of its 1st Sheltering Course. As a result, real-time information on how many animals still needed to be rescued and easily displayed […]
Whether it is fires, floods or earthquakes, animals rely on their human guardians to protect them, and in a disaster this is not always possible. Animal Evac New Zealand leads advocacy and supports response as the country’s only dedicated animal disaster management charity. But we cannot do this without your support. We now have a […]
Animal Evac New Zealand is pleased to provide the most comprehensive Emergency preparedness guide for pet owners. Free to download , it contains in depth information on how to get your fur family ready for a disaster including a family emergency plan template that takes an inclusive approach to companion animals. The guide was authored […]
Animal Evac New Zealand with the support of ESRI and Eagle Technology have launched an online GIS companion animal population estimator tool to help with emergency response and planning. Emergency services can use it real time to estimate how many companion animals may be affected by an emergency such as a fire or chemical spill, […]
According to Mercy for Animals, over 3.4 million chickens and over 5,000 pigs have died as a result of Hurricane Florence and its associated flooding. This was an event that had several days of warning, whole communities were evacuated. Animal Evac New Zealand does not have a position on whether factory farms are right or […]
Pet First Aid & Training (NZ) became Animal Evac New Zealand’s official animal first aid training provider today and has put out a special package for Animal Evac New Zealand volunteers to access their 6-hour pet first aid course for only $159 (normally $179). If you are an Animal Evac New Zealand volunteer, check out […]
We are pleased to announce that our 9 hour Animal Evac NZ Foundation Course has been accredited for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit by the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association. The course certificates will now feature the NZVNA logo and note the CPD points allocated.
Today, Animal Evac New Zealand became the first animal organisation in New Zealand to enter an Memorandum of Recognition with the International Association of Emergency Management (IAEM) to support the Principles of Emergency Management. In doing so, Animal Evac New Zealand joins other global thought leading organisations such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Singapore […]
Thank you to Mark and Jolene from The Breeze Tauranga radio show this morning for doing a short interview with us on our upcoming foundation course. Those interested in the Tauranga course (Saturday 25 August 2018) can book their spot directly at Eventbrite.
We have been working with Gareth Hughes MP. One of the overarching needs is for an Independent Commissioner for Animals. Sign the petition now! They will be another advocate for improving animal disaster arrangements, and this is why we ask you all to sign his petition today. We are not aligned to any one party, […]
Animal Evac NZ’s voice has been heard as a result of the Minister’s Hui, and animal disaster management is now on the future framework for animal welfare.
Over 200 volunteers have registered to be part of Animal Evac NZ, with many saying they want to be part of an impartial animal disaster management charity which is well over due.
Want to join Animal Evac NZ? The first step is completing our foundation course and dates/venues for these are now up on Eventbrite.
Animal Evac New Zealand joins as a member of Volunteering NZ to ensure we provide a great volunteer experience for our responders.
Within just three weeks for being formed, Animal Evac NZ is the voice government is listening to in order to improve animal disaster management arrangements.
Animal Evac NZ co-founder Steve Glassey takes to morning TV today, appearing on TVNZ’s Breakfast show to talk about why we need this new charity.
Animal Evac New Zealand became the first New Zealand based animal charity to become a signatory to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief.
Yes. As a new charity with no government funding, we rely on a course fee from our foundation course to ensure we are sustainable. This is similar to other animal related groups such as Project Jonah. We are currently lobbying government to have the zero fee training scheme for civil defence volunteers extended to cover animal disaster responders. This was raised over three years ago and we along with others, continue to advocate for training funding parity. We are hopeful that this will be resolved allowing the foundation and other courses we provide to be free.
Within the foundation course fee is an annual supporters fee, which like other overseas animal disaster charities (i.e. Code 3 Associates in the USA), provides forecastable revenue to ensure we can cover the overheads of operating a charity such as insurance, database subscriptions, accounting and the like. One day, we hope that our volunteers need only give their time; however in the meantime we want to ensure we can operate in a fiscally responsible manner.
We suggest those who have limited financial means to look at some of the free online courses that will help their learning more about animal disaster management while we work on this funding issue.
It is easy! You can simply go to our Give-a-Little page and donate online.
Alternatively, you can also make a donation directly by going into any BNZ bank and asking for your donation to be deposited into our account. If you want a receipt, please ensure your name and phone number are added to the transaction reference.
You can also send us a cheque made out to “Animal Evac New Zealand Trust”, and post to PO Box 216, Wellington 6011. Please include your return address or email so we can send you a receipt.
If you are interested about sponsorship visit our sponsorship page.
We also have a Wish List that you may want to help us with.
You can also contact us for further information.
Yes, we are a registered charity. Our registration number is CC55754.
We are also charitable trust pursuant to the Charitable Trusts Act 1957.
Check out our Join page for more details.
We are particularly interested in hearing from volunteers with the following skills or qualifications:
Animal Evac NZ was co-founded by former Wellington SPCA CEO Steve Glassey, who also founded the SPCA’s National Rescue Unit (formerly Animal Rescue Unit) in 1995; and also went on to train the inaugural Massey University Veterinary Emergency Response Team. Animal Evac NZ is not intended to be a technical animal rescue team, leaving such high risk operations to these teams and organisations like Fire & Emergency New Zealand.
Animal Evac New Zealand is needed to help out with large scale evacuations and associated emergency sheltering of animals as there is little to no capacity in New Zealand. Though the Ministry for Primary Industries is mandated to coordinate animal emergency welfare and rescue, no agency is mandated actually to carry out the rescues. The responsibility for animal emergency accommodation rests with the local authority, but in most cases this is under-resourced, so Animal Evac NZ can support authorities meet their obligations.
As we are not an animal law enforcement or animal rights organisation, we are a neutral charity that does not have any conflict working with farmers, laboratories, and animal owners to do the right thing on the day to help, without judgement. We are the “Red Cross” for animals affected by disaster. As we dont operate any day to day commercial activities such as veterinary clinics, doggy day care, animal boarding or grooming, we provide a space for all animal welfarists to participate, without the conflict of working with a commercial competitor.
Animal emergency management is not a competition and is not the monopoly of any one organisation, it is a community wide responsibility.
Even major animal welfare charities put frequent and repeated claims that “they are full and cannot accept any more animals”. Animal Evac NZ is always empty, ready to respond in an emergency. The reality is that local animal shelters are likely to be impacted and under further burden, so it is the interests of animal welfare to create more community based capacity to respond.
Finally, research has shown time and time again that even in resource rich states such as Texas, who had access to multiple humane societies and major military resources such as the national guard during events such as Hurricane Katrina and Harvey, there were still not enough people to help with such disasters. We need more people stepping up and being trained, not less.
We are active in working collaboratively with leading no kill animal shelters such as HUHA and others; we see ourselves as the bridging the gap between evacuation and traditional animal sheltering capacities.
Yes! As long as you are over 16 years of age (or between 14 and 16 years with a parent or guardian also volunteering), there is a role for you to help us.
We had one lady comment saying she wanted to help, but felt she could be too old to lift animals. We said, we have lots of roles so that people with a diversity of skills, experiences and abilities can help. Even if its just helping direct pet owners where to go at evacuation centres or giving advice, we are sure we can find a role for anyone who wants to help.
Naturally, there will be roles that have higher risks associated with them such as handling unfamiliar and scared animals, to working in disaster damaged areas. These roles do require certain skills and abilities to ensure the safety of volunteers.
We also need people to help us outside of emergency events, with administration from fundraising to public education initiatives. So once you have done the foundation course, tell us what skills you have and where you think you can help.