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Saving Lives in New Zealand: Interview with Robyn Kippenberger of the RNZSPCA

Robyn Kippenberger of the RNZSPCA is a 2010 recipient of the Henry Bergh Leadership Award.
Robyn Kippenberger of the RNZSPCA is a 2010 recipient of the Henry Bergh Leadership Award.


  • primrose 5 years ago

    Great interview! Looking forward to the others also.

    Thank You!

  • Bett Sundermeyer, Houston Animal Shelters Examiner 5 years ago

    Great article. Just imagine how the kill rate would drop in the US if the HSUS, ASPCA and PETA had the type of compassionate, hard working leadership that New Zealand has in Ms. Kippenberger. Just imagine where the US would be if our national and local animal welfare organizations were as dedicated to saving all lives as she is. Another fantastic example of what can happen with the right leadership.

    What a wonderful role model she is for the rest of the world.

  • Noelya 5 years ago

    But the other thing is, what do you do with so many animals coming every year and the breeders running amok with so many births of dogs. Besides putting dogs in no-kill shelters I think there should be a strong enforcement of spay and neuter of dogs so the situation doesn't get overwhelming. And we should work to try to make our law makers to put some control in the way breeders do business, such as limit the amount of dogs they can have, etc.

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    Valerie Hayes 5 years ago

    Mandatory spay-neuter laws result in more killing, not less:

  • Stephanie 5 years ago

    I love this interview! How inspiring the no kill movement has gone international!

  • A McKellow 5 years ago

    We are a few years off "no kill" or more accurately a shift kill in NZ
    As an SPCA nationally we will become no kill but alas NZ as a country never will.
    Our incoming numbers are dropping and we are making great strides in reducing euthanasia but his by limiting incoming to make sure warehousing does not occur. That is the reality. As innovative as increasing fostering is we are having to put animals on waiting lists and this shows as a reduction in admittances.
    We continue to work towards our goal however and as an organization are committed to the NZSPCA becoming no kill.
    Alistar McKellow
    NZSPCA Mobile desexing Clinic

  • Neil Todd 5 years ago

    Wonderfully ideal. Just wish we could apply the same principles to the human race! Except, perhaps the neutering facet.

  • Karen Batchelor 5 years ago

    Perhaps Ms Kippenberger would like to explain why anything remotely bull terrier is still routinely killed in New Zealand whether the poor little sods end up at the SPCAs or the pounds where they have an across-the-board no-exception euthanasia policy for Pit Bull Terriers and their lookalikes.

    Conferring awards on those turning a blind eye to this murderous bigotry is an obscenity.

    Karen Batchelor
    American Pit Bull Terrier Association Inc.

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    Valerie Hayes 5 years ago

    Please refrain from making false accusations. Neither Robyn Kippenberger nor the RNZSPCA "turn a blind eye" to breed bias or to the killing of dogs. They are actively working to end both of these wrongs in NZ.

  • Noelya 5 years ago

    I have to say that one of the most important thing to do with this situation of so many animals out there, is none other than spay/neuter as many animals as possible and fight against the puppy mill breeders that are so callously and unscrupuosly bringing so may puppies into this already overwhelmed society with shelters filled to capacity.

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    Valerie Hayes 5 years ago

    The No Kill Equation, which the RNZSPCA calls Saving Lives, addresses all factors influencing the size of the shelter pet population.

    Here's my article about how it works:
    Puppy mills should be abolished because of the cruelties inherent in that system, but doing so will not end shelter killing because it does not reform shelters.

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