Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the FAQ page for Give a Trap® - the platform where donors, groups and suppliers come together to make a difference. We understand that you may have questions about our platform and how it works, so we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and categorised them as general, groups, and suppliers.

We hope that our FAQ page provides the answers you need to get started on our platform and make a positive impact in the world. If you can't find the answers you're looking for, please don't hesitate to contact usfor further assistance.


Owned and operated by Forest & Bird, Give a Trap® was originally the brainchild of Penny Willocks. Penny wanted to directly help community groups that were trapping in her region but was frustrated by how difficult it could be to find and help them. Sadly, Penny passed away from cancer, but a gift in her will and donations from family and friends enabled her dream to connect community groups with donors to become a reality. The Give a Trap® website was built in memory of Penny and to help support the goals of Predator Free 2050. You can find out more on our about page

Not right now but we hope to be able to offer this soon. Watch this space!

Yes, when you make a donation you can choose not to receive any further emails except the transactional emails related to your donation. And if you have signed up, you can unsubscribe at any time in the future. Please note that unsubscribing from a group update email does not unsubscribe you from the platform updates and vice versa. You will need to unsubscribe twice if you do not wish to receive updates from Give a Trap® and the group you have supported.

Yes! Give a Trap® is committed to animal welfare. For this reason, we have worked with our suppliers to ensure all traps offered on the platform are NAWAC (National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee) approved. This accreditation ensures the traps have been assessed in a standardised way and are deemed humane.

The traps are designed specifically to target introduced species like possums, stoats, and rats that prey on the native birds you love. The unintended by-catch of other species is significantly reduced because of this.

You can buy a trap for your own home and find out more about backyard trapping on the Predator Free NZ website - where you will find guides to setting up and buying your own traps and links to community groups in your region.

We have carefully selected our suppliers to ensure there is a minimal delay on getting donated traps to the groups. We aim for a 7 day period from the day we receive your donation to confirmation the trap has been received by your chosen group.

Yes! Visit the Give a Trap page and select "Donate funds to the cause". You will then be able to enter your donation amount and nominate what we use it for. After the transaction is processed, you will receive a tax deductible receipt.

We currently offer credit card payments.

The donation that you make through Give a Trap® is managed by Forest & Bird to ensure the trap you have donated gets to your nominated group. When we receive your donation, we place an order directly with the supplier who then fulfils the order by shipping the trap to the trapping group. Funds are only ever transferred between us and the relevant supplier.

The money that you donate is primarily used to pay for the trap which your nominated group will receive. To help us keep Give a Trap® running we have added a small administration fee onto the cost of the traps. This is used to cover the running costs of Give a Trap® such as administration, website hosting, and payment processing fees. Any left over funds are used to help campaign for greater government investment in predator control across Aotearoa.

We have processes in place to help ensure the legitimacy of the groups on Give a Trap and we have carefully vetted the suppliers we work with. Once you make a donation on our platform you will receive a notification from us to let you know we have received your donation and will be placing an order with the supplier. Once the trap has been shipped to the group, you will receive another notification from us. If you have opted in during the donation process, you will receive regular updates from the group to let you know what progress they have been making.

Great question! Thank you for asking. There are many ways that you can be more involved.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Sharing Give a Trap® with your network and encouraging others to also give a trap.
  • Volunteering your time with a trapping group near you. You can find their details on our website.
  • Helping start a network of backyard traps in your local area.
  • Donating to Forest & Bird directly who work hard advocating for predator free legislation and funding

Yes! Donations over $5 are tax deductible. After making a donation you will receive a receipt for your donation which includes all of the information required.

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You can apply to be included in the trapping groups on Give a Trap® by completing the application form here It only takes a few minutes to complete and we’ll follow up with you to find out what your trap requirements are via email.

Currently, you will need to email us at with updated information for your group’s profile. We’re working on making the management of your group profile more self-service and hope to have this functionality live soon.

Spread the word! The more people you tell about Give a Trap®, the more chance your group has of receiving donations.

We encourage you to:

  • Choose your group profile image carefully to make your group appear credible
  • Ensure the content on your group’s profile is well-written, informative, and goes some way to forming a connection between the reader and your group. In saying this, it is also important to ensure your profile is not too wordy as people are unlikely to read more than a couple of paragraphs.
  • Share your groups Give a Trap® profile via your own channels such as Facebook. You may also encourage your members and their friends to share it via their personal profiles to extend the reach even further.

Please check our trap list to see our current list of traps which you can choose from.

Please email us at with your updated trap requirements. We’re working on making the management of your group profile more self-service and hope to have this functionality live soon.

Please email us at to get the latest trap list.

Donations will increase as we continue with our marketing efforts and the general public becomes more aware of Give a Trap®. It’s only early days, yet we’re seeing a good volume of traps being donated via the platform that the groups would otherwise have to source themselves.

We do have expectations for groups to continue to be included on Give a Trap®, but we’ve done our best to make sure they aren’t too arduous and don’t detract from your important work.

Our requirements are:

  • You will provide a short update for your donors each quarter. This is only a few paragraphs about what you’ve been up to and what effect you believe you’re having. Actual statistics/metrics are not required.
  • You will receive an email when the trap is shipped from the supplier. The email includes shipping information and a link to confirm receipt of the trap. When you receive the trap, you should confirm receipt.

That’s it! Not too bad we think.

You can read the terms and conditions here

No, it’s not a requirement that your group is a registered legal entity. However, over and above the information collected from the registration form, we may require more information to help us judge your eligibility to receive traps from Give a Trap® donors.


You can apply to be included on Give a Trap® as a supplier by completing the application form here

Yes. Please email us at to get your traps updated on the platform. We have plans to make this process more self-service in the near future.

Currently, we will send you an automated email once we receive a donation for one of your products. This email will include a link to a purchase order which you can then enter into your order system. At various stages throughout the order lifecycle you will need to update the order information by using the links sent to you in the email. E.g. Order acceptance/refusal, expected fulfilment date, shipping information and expected delivery date.

We plan to provide our suppliers with a portal which will allow you to login, view orders, and update order info/status. We hope to have this feature live in the near future.

Primarily our expectations of our suppliers are:

  • You will fulfil orders promptly and communicate with us immediately if there are any issues.
  • You will use our supplier interface (currently available via private links which are emailed to you) to update order information and statuses.
  • You will ensure sufficient stock of traps so as to not disrupt order fulfilment or you will notify us immediately when you foresee stock issues.

You can read the terms and conditions here

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