South Pacific Animal Welfare

South Pacific Animal Welfare

SPAW runs free veterinary programmes on South Pacific islands. Any animal in any community we work in has direct and free access to care.


South Pacific Animal Welfare runs free veterinary aid programmes on South Pacific Island nations. We focus on stabalising canine populations via targetted desexing programmes, we vaccinate against the deadline Parvovirus, we provide emergency surgeries and we educate. We have been operating in the South Pacific for 10 years and often our services are the only lifeline for animals in need and usually we are the only veterinary service that community may see in any given year. We were founded due to our strong cultural and geographical connection to South Pacific Island communities. Welcome to our journey.

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South Pacific Animal Welfare is a NZ based charity. Our goal is to inspire change to the health and well being of animals by being present and active on south pacific islands. Our organisation works with island communities to provide free veterinary care, de-sexing surgeries, parvovirus vaccines, parasite control and emergency relief. We have introduced our programme to the islands of Tongatapu, Vava'u, Eua, Upolo, Sava'ii, Rarotonga, Niue, Fiji and Taveuni.

Our philosophy is to run clinics where all of our services are free to the communities that we are working in. This means any animal can receive veterinary care regardless of the financial situation of their family or community.

We recruit volunteer veterinarians and vet nurses who are often the only conduit of veterinary medicine to these animals and communities.

SPAW was founded because of a very real need and New Zealand shares a strong historical and cultural relationship with the South Pacific.

It is our goal to see veterinary care accessible to our neighbouring communities in the South Pacific.

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SPAW - Tonga  26 February 2012

SPAW volunteers on Tonga 2011

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Janey and Glenn for Skupors
Janey and Glenn for Skupors 4 days ago
We're very grateful for your kind work in the Islands. Without you, our dog Skupors, would not still be living a long and happy life in Aotearoa NZ! She's now 13.5 - and your team in Tonga made her emigration here from Ha'apai in 2011 possible. Blessings on you all xx janey, glenn and skupors
South Pacific Animal Welfare

Hi Janey, thank you so much for your donation. I remember Skupors so well. I hope you are all doing well. Karen

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Kate 4 days ago
Thank you SPAW team.
South Pacific Animal Welfare

Dear Kate, thank you so much for your donation. It is greatly appreciated. The SPAW Team.

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Vicki on 12 Jun 2021
Gillian on 11 Jun 2021
Well done Louise, great effort
Brenda on 10 Jun 2021
Great work 🐕🐶🐕

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