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About Us

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ~ William James

I'm passionate about animal rights and education.

Every animal is an individual that deserves kindness and compassion.
Canterbury Tails Animal Rescue was founded in New Zealand in 2017. 
We are a small family-run animal rescue in the South Island of New Zealand which is also a sanctuary for a small group of animals. By sharing the stories of the animals we meet I hope to create awareness and show people that these "pets" are no different from the animals people eat.

It all started in 2017, we were contacted by a friend who was aware of a pet pig who needed a new home. Poro (now Paul) a much-loved pet pig had outgrown his home but there were very few options for this beautiful boy. It is then that we realized how at risk these unconventional pets are. Paul now lives with us. Since then we've taken in "pets' as well as animals destined for the freezer and found safe forever homes for many others.
We become a registered charity in 2020 (#CC58280

The only difference between an animal that is petted and one that is farmed is the human in their lives.

Every animal is an individual.
Be Kind. Be Courageous.

Sharlene Wilson x



Check out the animals currently looking for a home. Most animals find a home via our Adopt/Foster database before being advertised. Please join our Adopt/Foster database to hear about the animals sooner.



Are you able to open your heart and offer a safe foster home or forever home to a wonderful animal who hasn't found his/her place yet?
Please join our database so you'll be kept up to date on any animals needing a home.  

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We are a registered charity #CC58280

To make a one-off donation, or become a supporter with a regular donation please use the details below.

Canterbury Tails Charitable Trust


Please email us on to confirm your deposit and we will send you a tax receipt so you can get a third of your donation back from IRD.

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You can volunteer your time in a number of ways. Perhaps by transporting animals(big and small), coming to a working bee or by visiting homes and animals in remote areas.  Events such as working bees are held a few times a year at Canterbury Tails.
The dates announced here and on social media.




Whether you need our help or can help us we encourage you to contact us here with the form or on social media.

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