Who We Are

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was first formed by a group of volunteers in 1903 and became active in 1921. Our 95th Anniversary of the SPCA gives a rundown of key milestones in our development.

Although we are the first charity in Hong Kong to deal with all aspects of animal welfare, we obtain around only 1% of our funding from the government. The rest of our funding comes from the generosity of the general public, for which we are extremely grateful. It is a constant challenge to raise the funds necessary to continue our work.

We believe that animals are living creatures which like humans, are able to feel pain, hunger and thirst. We should not inflict any suffering upon our fellow creatures just because they can't speak.

Our Mission
"To promote kindness to animals, to protect their health and welfare, to prevent cruelty and through education, to inspire in the community a deep respect for life so that all living creatures may live together in harmony."

Our Aims
"To promote kindness and to confront and prevent cruelty to animals."

How does the SPCA act to achieve these aims?

The SPCA believes that animals deserve our protection, compassion and respect. We aim to prevent their suffering wherever we can through:

  • Rescue of abandoned, sick and injured animals.
  • Operating an Inspectorate to rescue animals including wildlife, help enforce animal welfare laws and initiate prosecution of offenders.
  • Providing of low-cost desexing for cats and dogs to prevent unwanted litters.
  • Rehoming abandoned and rescued animals.
  • Hospitalisation of homeless animals whenever possible, providing necessary basic veterinary care, treatment of disease or major surgery.
  • Helping to control the animal population by working within the community on programmes to desex loosely owned and feral animals, territory wide.
  • Monitoring of food animal welfare standards.
  • Lobbying and working with government to bring about improved animal welfare legislation.
  • Public education on responsible pet ownership and animal welfare concepts.