02-02-2015, The SPCA (HK) strives hard to reduce euthanasia

The SPCA (HK) strives hard to reduce euthanasia
through a series of campaigns including a review on current procedures

(HONG KONG, 02 February 2015) The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Hong Kong) [SPCA (HK)] is striving hard in launching a series of campaigns with the long-term aim to reduce the need for future euthanasia.

“We are determined to make a change to the current situation, where there are too many animals and not enough homes available,” says Steven Calpin, Executive Director at the SPCA (HK). “The SPCA is charged with the mission to help animals by enhancing their welfare and well-being. My team and I are determined to make this change happen through a long-term strategy comprising a series of initiatives, and the ultimate aim is to reduce euthanasia and increase adoption.”

The SPCA reveals a recent unfortunate incident, where an unowned black mongrel rescued by the SPCA was eventually euthanased due to her intense fear, aggressive and under socialised temperament, deeming her unsuitable to be kept as household pet confined in captivity. However, the SPCA believes that there is room to improve in the entire procedures.

SPCA’s measures in the attempt to reduce euthanasia over time include major animal birth control initiatives with the aim to increase the annual desexing figures from 15,000 animals to 20,000 in 2015. The SPCA has set aside considerable resources for its desexing campaigns, including the Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) Trial Campaign and its free Mongrel Desexing Programme, both available at the Society’s costs with the attempt to reduce the number of dogs, in particular, mongrels. By doing so the SPCA has the vision in finding homes for all healthy, friendly dogs, and hugely reducing the number of homeless, stray dogs who are vulnerable to diseases, injury through accidents, etc.

The SPCA has also implemented a series of enhancement programmes with the aim to help find homes for more animals, with dogs in particular, and these enhancement programmes include more behaviour and socialisation training for suitable dogs staying in SPCA kennels waiting to be adopted. The SPCA will also be more proactive in promoting our kennel dogs, including increasing their exposure to the community by engaging them in more socially interactive activities.

Education is also a crucial area whereby enhancing pet owners’ responsible attitude in pet keeping, exposing our youth to animals at young, cultivating their respect and love for animals, will over time make Hong Kong a true animal-friendly community.

The SPCA has the dedication to make these changes and firmly believe that over time euthanasing the healthy and friendly animals will be able to be significantly reduced leading to an enhancement in animal welfare.