Ms Pamela D. Barton MBE
Over the past 95 years, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has been supported by numerous donors, staff, SPCA members and the general public in promoting animal welfare. Ms Pamela D. Barton MBE is one of our longest-standing supporters, having first become involved with the Society in 1963.
During her 50+ years with the Society she has carried out a variety of roles: starting out as a Volunteer and becoming an Executive Committee Member (1986–1991), the President (1991–1997), a Trustee and a donor.
Ms Pamela Barton was introduced to the SPCA through Mrs Lenore Winfield who was a Society committee member in the 1960s. Together, they went out to feed stray dogs along Canton Road. As Ms Barton recalls, the SPCA at that time was a very small organisation and had its head office on Princess Margaret Road.
“In fact, the Chairman at that time lived there above the animals. People in those days were not inclined to show off, but were willing to muck in and help if things needed to be done. The Society also had an office on Austin Road where the paint was peeling badly. I had experience in fixing buildings, and when I saw the office’s poor condition, I decided to repaint it myself, although I didn’t have much money. Then when the Kowloon office came to my notice, I went down there every year and repainted the walls of the reception room and the kennels. Later on, money was raised for me to get this work done.”
Ms Pamela Barton’s talent in repairing and improving things has been expansive, from helping to design uniforms for SPCA staff and setting up the Pamela Barton Education Fund to cover the cost of furthering staff studies, to planning the design of the Wanchai Headquarters, the Pamela D. Barton Animal Welfare Centre which opened in 1992. Ms Barton continues to visit our Wanchai Headquarters on an almost monthly basis to see if anything needs repair or attention.
“It is a great joy to be involved with the SPCA and I am so proud to work with such dedicated people. We are the seniors now and I hope we can maintain good relations with all those who love and look after animals. My wish is to continue to bring a better future to the animals of Hong Kong.”