05-01-2020, Hill’s X SPCA (HK) Dogathon 2020 12 Animals of the Zodiac Walk Together To Support Animals in Need

10th consecutive year held at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

(Hong Kong, 5 January 2020) The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Hong Kong) (“SPCA (HK)”, “the Society”) hosted the annual Hill’s X SPCA Dogathon charity fundraiser today at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. The 34th charity event to benefit animals in need attracted over 460 participating teams, which were comprised of over 1,200 participants who were accompanied by over 700 dogs.

Dogathan 2020 kicked off the SPCA’s 99th anniversary. This popular event was a collaborative one with Ms Gigi Fu, President of the SPCA (HK), sponsors and guests of honour in attendance. Other guests present included Ms Sharon Kwok, SPCA Cadet Inspector Ambassador; Ms Susan Tse, SPCA Ambassador; Ms Elena Kong, SPCA Education Ambassador; local artistes Mr Jim Kwong; Mr Patrick Lam; Ms Kimmy Kwan and Ms Sharon Ying; as well as Ms Ng On Yee, Hong Kong Billiard Sports Athlete.

Ms Gigi Fu, expressed the SPCA’s gratitude to all of the supporters, sponsors and participants and remarked in her speech: “This year is the 99th anniversary for the SPCA. Heading towards our centennial, the Society is committed to expanding its service portfolio so that more needy animals can be benefited. We will strengthen our capacity to provide all-round medical services to animals and deepen our education and community outreach to cultivate animal-friendly attitude in the society. To achieve these, the SPCA has already embarked on a massive project to build an animal welfare and humane education centre in Tsing Yi. The centre will be equipped with state-of-art medical facilities, animal shelter for rescue operations, adoption centre, training area, seminar room, library and exhibition corner.”

The Society is a non-profit-making organisation and 99% of its funding comes from the generosity of the general public, as well as income generated by our veterinary services and membership department. In 2018-19, the Society spent more than HK$48 million on animal welfare related services, with more than 4,400 injured or trapped animals were rescued or handled by the Society, over 1,800 animals were adopted by loving families through the Society’s homing service, more than 15,000 cats and dogs were desexed through the SPCA’s neutering services and assistance schemes, and over 19,000 people were reached through the SPCA’s education programmes and community outreach services. For quite some time, the SPCA has launched and operated a variety of animal welfare programmes using very limited resources and run with only the support from our volunteers.  At this event, Ms Gigi Fu expressed her wish that the public continue to participate and avidly encourage others to participate in events organised by the SPCA in order to support the Society to fulfil its visions of promoting kindness to animals, protecting their health and welfare as well as prevention of cruelty to animals.

This was the 10th anniversary of Dogathon held at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. The theme was “12 Zodiac Animals Walk Together”. To infuse more spirit into the event, the SPCA set up several “Zodiac Blessing” Augmented Reality Photo Zones for participants and their dogs to take memorable photos and enjoy an early commemoration of Chinese New Year. Adding to the event were a number of  programmes including: PET X Handicraft Market, SPCA Education Theatre, Woof & Bricks Art Walk, Agility Games, Dog Health Talk, Dog Behaviour Training Demonstration and the SPCA Charity Sale.