Companion Animal Rescues
While we specialise in helping our unconventional animal friends commonly known as Stock or Farm animals we also get many enquiries about lost and found companion animals.
There are many groups devoted to their support. The following is a list of companion animal rescues in Canterbury.
Cats Protection League
14 Charlesworth Street, Woolston, Christchurch
Helping the cats and kittens of Canterbury since 1971. The Cats Protection League is a registered cat rescue charity – dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming the cats and kittens of the Canterbury region. Our staff know our cats well and re-home them carefully to homes that suit the individual cat. We also provide a range of services for cat owners. CPL are firm believers in desexing and microchipping our fluffy friends and run a desexing program called the “Feline Fix”.
OAR- Otautahi Animal Refuge
4/249 Stanmore Road, Richmond, Christchurch
Completely volunteer run and funded by individuals who care, Ōtautahi Animal Refuge and Education Trust (OAR) are able to offer all our services completely free; This includes basic grooming and advice, public education, and rehabilitation for domestic bred rabbits, ducks, chickens, guinea pigs, and reptiles etc.
Our Community Programme play a vital role in our mission; offering education through a direct hands-on approach, we can reduce the breeding, abuse and neglect of domestic animals in our society.
78 Buckleys Road
We believe that looking after your loved ones should be affordable and manageable. Since 2006 we’ve been caring for pets large and small, offering guidance and performing procedures as small as dental checkups and vaccinations to operations on broken bones and desexing. Our small team of professional staff are all animal lovers too, and aim to make your pet’s visit as comfortable as possible.
Dogwatch Sanctuary Trust
230 Dyers Road, Bromley, Christchurch.
Dogwatch Sanctuary Trust is a registered charity established in 1982. We rescue, care for and rehome dogs that have been abandoned at pounds throughout Canterbury, or surrendered from private situations. Dogwatch receives no government or council funding. We rely entirely on the generosity of our supporters and on our own fundraising activities. We also depend on a dedicated group of around 80 volunteers who help care for our dogs, clean and maintain our facilities, match dogs to adopters and raise funds. Dogwatch operates from a five acre, purpose-built adoption centre in Bromley. Our facilities include two kennel blocks, large outdoor yards, two exercise paddocks and an office/customer area. We also have a secondhand variety store in New Brighton which provides a substantial part of our income. We’ve been rescuing dogs in Canterbury for over 35 years and we’ll continue to do this work tirelessly for as long as dogs are in need. By supporting us in any way you can, we can improve dogs’ lives together.
Christchurch Bull Breed Rescue
1 Barton Street, Woolston, Christchurch.
Staffys, Pitbulls, Bullys and their X's are often over looked because of their looks and media hype.
Bull breed dogs are NOT killers. They are loving, loyal, gentle souls that just need the right owner and lots of love.
If your interested in viewing our dogs or need our help please feel free to email us or contact us through our website
We operate Monday-Saturday 10am - 2pm or by appointment outside these hours. Christchurch Bull Breed Rescue provides temporary shelter, food, medical attention, and comfort to neglected and rejected dogs. We seek out new homes for these dogs and try to educate the public about the humane care of dogs. We consider the unique needs of all the dogs in our care and work compassionately to prepare a safe, appropriately socialised dog for a wonderful new life.
Cat Rescue Christchurch Charitable Trust is located in Christchurch, New Zealand, and focuses on reducing stray cat overpopulation by using the trap, neuter, return (TNR) method. Stray kittens who are under 8 weeks of age are socialised, desexed and rehomed.Cat Rescue Christchurch also promotes the desexing of companion and stray cats whom people are feeding, and the early desexing of kittens before being rehomed from any adoption facility. Over 7000 cats have been desexed or rescued and rehomed by Cat Rescue Christchurch since our organisation was founded in 2006, preventing many thousands more unwanted cats from being born.
South Island Wildlife Hospital
Located in Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, 60 Hussey Road, Northwood, Christchurch
The Wildlife Veterinary Trust is a charitable trust founded in 2007. The Trust saw the need for and established a hospital facility in Christchurch dedicated to treating and rehabilitating sick and injured native birds in the South Island of New Zealand.