Pawsitive Change

Our Pawsitive campaign is focused on helping dogs when impounded by improving the Dog Control Act 1996.

Firstly, we are advocating for clear and detailed reports on the following:

The number of dogs entering pounds and of that, how many are

  1. Reunited with guardians

  2. Adopted

  3. Fostered

  4. Euthanised

  5. And, each outcome should be clearly explained.

This transparency will help the government, agencies, advocates and the community understand how pounds operate and the challenges faced. By providing accurate data and information, we can aim to see enhancements across the following areas:

  1. Increase support for dogs in pounds and initiatives to mitigate dogs ending up there (such as funding)

  2. Reunite more dogs with their guardians (such as creating payment options and increased contact methods)

  3. Prevent unfair judgments of dogs in stressful situations (such as reviewing temperament testing and increasing foster program support)

  4. Ensure that euthanasia is a last resort and performed humanely.


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Why does the Animal Justice Party fundraise?

The Animal Justice Party is committed to campaigning for animals and the environment, and we rely on donations from our supporters to achieve this. The funds we receive from donors help us to run effective campaigns, advocate for animals and the environment, and build a strong political presence in New Zealand.

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While our headquarters team is small and efficient, there are unavoidable expenses that come with running a political party. These expenses include registration fees, IT system maintenance, and printing materials for our campaigns. We strive to minimize these costs while ensuring we can run effective campaigns on the issues that matter most to our supporters.

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No, apart from the broadcasting allocation in an election year, there is no public funding for political parties in New Zealand. This means that we rely solely on donations from our supporters to maintain a strong political presence.

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