Losing a pet can be tough for both the animal and its owner, so the SPCA is once again pushing the importance of having pets micro-chipped.
SPCA Auckland, based in Mangere, is among 12 charities from around the country to receive a slice of $120,000 in the Auckland Airport's 12 days of Christmas campaign this year.
The money is brought together from funds collected throughout the year, donated by the travelling public who give up unwanted currency as they pass through the terminal.
SPCA Auckland chief executive Christine Kalin said the grant would go towards registering and micro-chipping all animals to be adopted out in the next few months.
"There's a lovely synergy there with Christmas, because Christmas is about family and having those near to us - and micro-chipping is about keeping animals with their loved ones," Ms Kalin said.
The basic cost of a micro-chip is around $5.20 for each animal.
The $10,000 grant would allow for almost 2000 micro-chips to be purchased by the organisation.
Auckland Airport spokesman Charles Spillane acknowledged the SPCA's role in society and said it was a worthy recipient.
"Animals play a big role in the lives of many New Zealanders," he said.
"The Auckland SPCA team is dedicated to ensuring all animals in the region are looked after with the love and respect they deserve."
Ms Kalin praised the 12 days of Christmas campaign, which has been running for the past few years.
"While it's a lovely thing for the animals, it's also a nice thing the airport is doing for us - and many others. We appreciate their neighbourly love."