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Southern Cross Pet Insurance partner with SPCA New Zealand

Monday, 16 November 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Southern Cross Pet Insurance has announced a key partnership with SPCA New Zealand.

The partnership will see Southern Cross Pet Insurance’s free puppy and kitten cover offered during the SPCA adoption process, and the companies collaborating on a number of projects.

Head of Southern Cross Pet Insurance Anthony McPhail says the partnership with the SPCA will see both organisations work together on projects that highlight responsible pet ownership.

“As one of the country’s leading pet insurers we know that Kiwis are very attached to their animals – many feel similar levels of attachment to their pets as they do their children.

“However, currently many pet owners don’t have pet insurance, meaning they are exposed to what can be very high bills should their pet be affected by an unexpected illness or injury. Often this means they have to make a tough decision about keeping their pet – which no owner wants to do.

The partnership will see the organisations working together with Southern Cross Pet Insurance the SPCA’s preferred pet insurer.

“We are really excited about working with the SPCA and raising awareness about what people can do to become more responsible owners.”

SPCA New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Ric Odom says the society is looking forward to working with an organisation that looks at pets as a member of the family.

“Unfortunately all too often the SPCA gets calls from people who can no longer afford to keep their family pet because they cannot afford unexpected vet care bills when their pet gets in an accident or has an unexpected illness. This can be a devastating time for pet owners.”

“The SPCA has chosen to partner with Southern Cross Pet insurance to encourage all owners to take out insurance for their pets to ensure they can cover unexpected costs.”

Southern Cross Pet Insurance is owned and underwritten by Southern Cross Benefits Limited, part of the Southern Cross Healthcare Group, which has been looking after the health of New Zealanders for over 50 years.

Southern Cross Pet Insurance has been trading since 2014 and insure the lives of over 14,000 pets. For more information visit