Let’s help Wellington lead the country in animal disaster management with improved local bylaws and policy

Have your say on the proposed Animal Bylaw, Dog Policy and Domestic Animal Policy Review being undertaken by Wellington City Council.

AENZ has prepared a submission which you can also use to help shape your feedback so we can support the Council’s strong track record on animal-inclusive emergency management. 

Hot on the heels of our #LeaveNoAnimalBehind campaign to improve national disaster management law to better protect animals, we are now encouraging people to have their say on on Wellington City’s proposed animal management bylaws and policy. We were the first charity in New Zealand to successfully lobby local government to create an animal disaster management bylaw with Kapiti Coast District Council passing our submission to make it an offence for tethering dogs if they are exposed to harm during extreme weather or civil defence emergencies (thanks KCDC!).

We supported Wellington City Council with the country’s first Pet Friendly (Co-Location) Shelter plan and exercise, which at the time was revolutionary in New Zealand as companion animals were often left out of disaster plans or transferred to animal-only shelters during an emergency (which are not best practice, have increased negative animal welfare impacts, are more expensive and and are not scalable or sustainable in major disasters).

Animal Evac New Zealand has refocused its strategic direction in preventing disaster harm to animals through advocacy. We will save more lives, than responding and absolving government of their responsibilities.

It is easy to make a submission

  1. Go to to the Wellington City Council’s consultation website by 18 October 2023
  2. State that you support the submission made by Animal Evac New Zealand

Alternatively, you are welcome to download our submission and modify it to make it your own.

We welcome you to make a donation so help us save more animals.