25-8-2015,SPCA (HK) Celebrates 15 Years of Hard-earned Success for Their Cat Colony Care Programme (CCCP) 85% of Survey Participants Support Trap-Neuter-Return as a Viable Humane Method to Manage Hong Kong’s Stray Cat Population

(Hong Kong, 25 August 2015) The Cat Colony Care Programme (CCCP) was set up by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in August 2000 with the objective of improving cat welfare in Hong Kong and a harmonious human-cat relationship through the humane management of the street cat population. The aim was to reduce the stray cat population and prevent unwanted births using the method of “Trap-Neuter-Return” (TNR). In 2002, the programme was officially recognised by the Hong Kong government.

Over the past 15 years, more than 1,200 volunteer carers have joined hands with the SPCA to make the CCCP a remarkable success. As a result, more than 59,000 street cats living in over 1,400 colonies have been helped under the programme. The majority of these cats are neutered, vaccinated (including anti-rabies vaccines), micro-chipped, given preventative treatment, and returned to their original colonies on the streets to live out their lives under the watchful eyes of our carers, while healthy and friendly cats  are given the opportunity to be rehomed whenever possible. Consequently, street cat health and welfare have significantly improved, reproduction is under control in areas where the programme operates, and Hong Kong’s cat euthanasia rate has decreased dramatically.

To gain a better understanding of the general public’s perception of street cats and the CCCP itself, the SPCA randomly surveyed 601 people online.

The findings showed that:

  • 84% of  respondents identified the population of street cats in their community to be low or normal (not excessive)
  • 78 % of respondents felt that street cats had positive or no impact on their daily life, while 16% among them reporting that the presence of street cats had a positive impact on their daily life
  • The CCCP has a 68% awareness rating amongst respondents
  • 85% of respondents support the implementation of TNR to help humanely manage the street cat population where they live
  • 85% of respondents support the implementation of TNR methodology to help manage stray animals in general (regardless of species).

These findings imply that the majority of the general public do not perceive street cats as problematic, and most people accept their existence and can live alongside them harmoniously in the community.

They also indicate that the general public recognizes that the Cat Colony Care Programme is a valuable tool to help improve cat welfare and humanely manage the street cat population, and supports the application of “TNR” methodology to help address similar issues with other species.

Dr Fiona Woodhouse, Deputy Director of Welfare from the SPCA, stated that “the Cat Colony Care Programme has had a great impact in Hong Kong. No longer do you see skinny street cats and their sick kittens suffering on every corner. The population has decreased in colony areas and the cats you do see in those areas are usually in good condition. This programme truly benefits society as well as the cats.”

However, despite the success of the Cat Colony Care Programme, there are still many areas in Hong Kong that have not benefited from its application. Going forward, the SPCA will strive to seek greater support from even more members of the public in further expanding the geographic coverage of the programme so that many more cats can continue to benefit.

For details about the Cat Colony Care Programme, please visit:

http://www.spca.org.hk/en/animal-birth-control/cat-colony-care-programme