The Cadet Inspectors Corps of the SPCA was established in 2008 to help 16- and 17-year olds learn about animal welfare concepts whilst gaining practical experience from our Inspectorate team.
The goal of the programme is two-fold: firstly, to develop responsible young people through learning to care for animals; and secondly, to encourage a generation of young ambassadors to advocate for animal welfare among their peers and within the community.
Cadets go through three full days of lectures that cover animal welfare concepts, animal-related legislation and animal handling skills. They also spend two days visiting animals in captive- and non-captive situations. Finally, cadets spend eight hours on attachment with our inspectors visiting a variety of animal organisations, such as Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Gardens, to learn about other aspects of animal-related work.
Once they have completed their training, Cadets are allowed to assist SPCA inspectors in certain aspects of daily work including responding to calls and animal rescues, as well as organising and participating in animal welfare-related charity and education events.