03-11-2014, SPCA (HK) Launches FREE Desexing Programmes For Mongrels For Better Welfare for our Animals and Our Community

SPCA (HK) Launches FREE Desexing Programmes For Mongrels
For Better Welfare for our Animals and Our Community

(HONG KONG, 04 November 2014) The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Hong Kong) [SPCA (HK)] announces that its Mongrel Desexing Programme has moved up to the next level with the opening of the SPCA's new Welfare Desexing Centre in Yuen Long.

All mongrels from different avenues are eligible to enjoy free desexing services at this and other SPCA clinics. Please call 2593-5438 to enquire about programme detail.

Since March 2013, the Mongrel Desexing Programme has helped the SPCA expand its mission for humane animal birth control through increased targeting of mongrel dogs from different backgrounds. Since then, the Mongrel Desexing Programme has desexed close to 900 mongrels free of charge. The SPCA's new Welfare Desexing Centre in Yune Long that opened last month will allow the Mongrel Desexing Programme to match increased need in the New Territories whilst demand elsewhere is met at the SPCA's other centres around Hong Kong.

"Poor dog management and population control jeopardizes both the welfare of the animals and that of the community. The way many people still keep mongrels in Hong Kong today as outdoor guard dogs means they are vulnerable to uncontrolled, unwanted breeding and they suffer terribly as a consequence," says Dr. Fiona Woodhouse, The SPCA's Deputy Director of Welfare. This breeding produces many pitiful, unwanted puppies who struggle to survive. The few who live, frequently abandoned or suffer the same fate as their parents, are kept around construction sites, wandering in villages, are often not given proper care in terms of food and shelter and thus are vulnerable to disease. On a daily basis their lives are at risk.

The Mongrel Desexing Programme targets the dogs that are capable of actively reproducing more offspring, and those used as outdoor guard dogs are housed typically in the New Territories. Hence, the new Desexing Centre is an excellent addition to SPCA's resources.

Through fundraising efforts, supporters' donations, and income generated from our veterinary services, the SPCA is committed to funding this initiative until March 2015. "At the end of March the programme will be reviewed in terms of both performance and funding as we will need continued financial support to keep this meaningful programme ongoing," concluded Dr. Woodhouse.


About SPCA (HK)

 

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HK)
The SPCA (HK) was formed in 1921 by a group of volunteers. Throughout the decades, the SPCA (HK) has worked for the humane treatment and protection of animals. It has fought animal abuse, and through public education, has promoted humane understanding and a community responsibility to protect and co-exist with animals. Its message continues to be that RESPECT FOR LIFE BEGINS WITH CONCERN FOR ANIMALS.  

The SPCA (HK) has introduced a number of programmes to help the community to improve animal welfare. Besides finding caring owners for the stray and abandoned animals, the SPCA (HK) promotes animal birth control through various programmes that allow the owned, loosely-owned and stray animals to be desexed. The SPCA (HK) also operates eight animal clinics, several of them equipped with surgical facilities, to provide welfare for animals throughout Hong Kong.

The SPCA (HK) continues its efforts to ensure that people and all animals can co-exist in harmony.