Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Hong Kong)
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Before 1997, it was named the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (皇家防止虐待禽畜會). The SPCA (HK) is a registered Hong Kong charity whose remit is not only actively to pursue the cause of animal welfare primarily in Hong Kong but also in the rest of China and the region.
It is the first charity in Hong Kong which deals with animal welfare. It was founded by a group of volunteers in 1903 and re-established with the Governor Reginald Edward Stubbs as President and Patron in 1921. It then became an active organization in Hong Kong. The Society is run by an Executive Committee elected by members who provide veterinary services and fund-raising programmes in order to support the organization economically.
In 1995, members of RSPCA vote at Annual General Meeting to drop the prefix "Royal" from the Society's name and becomes the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Hong Kong) (SPCA (HK)), with effect from 1 January 1997. The current President of The SPCA (HK) is the former TVB actress, Gigi Fu (傅明憲). The Patron of the Society is the wife of Chief Executive CY Leung, Mrs. Regina Leung.
The SPCA (HK)'s headquarters is in Wanchai at Hong Kong Island. Other SPCA (HK) centres are located in Pok Fu Lam, Ho Man Tin, Mong Kok, Sai Kung, Cheung Chau, Mui Wo and Hang Hau to provide veterinary and homing services for animals in need.
Mission and duties
Its mission through the century is "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."
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The SPCA (HK) has been working towards the increase of access for dogs in public areas. Currently there is very limited space for dogs and their owners in Hong Kong. Most of the accessible spaces for dogs such as country parks and beaches are located in remote areas. Concerning the health and behaviour of dogs, The SPCA (HK) is now lobbying with District Councils, Government Departments and special interest groups. Some progress is being made and the SPCA (HK) encourages pet owners and members of the general public to get involved with these discussions.
The SPCA is in talks with the AFCD to implement a trap-neuter-return (TNR) program for stray dogs similar to the Cat Colony Carer Programme. This TNR program assigns volunteers to look after stray dog colonies. The stray dogs are captured by the volunteer, brought to the SPCA for neutering and vaccination against rabies, and returned to the area they were found.
SPCA is also campaigning for the ban of fur seal products in Hong Kong. The Canadian fur seal is the biggest seal hunt in the world where each year up to 300,000 seals are killed for their skin. The European Community has recently banned the import of fur seal products in an effort to stop the hunt on grounds that it is inhumane. SPCA believes that the trade will shift towards Asia, and a timely ban in Hong Kong will permanently stop the seal hunt
Financial resources and account information
Table 1 Net revenue for the year
|Welfare and community support services||(22.5)||(19.0)|
|Advertising and other income||8.6||4.1|
|Surplus for the year||6.6||5.7|
- Education and Exhibition
Organize school visit and exhibition in shopping malls to spread the message of compassion, respect and care for animals. In 2007-08 289 talks were given to young people reaching 20,004 audiences
The SPCA website is also committed to educating the public on how to look after pets responsibly. Vet's Corner and the Treasure of Knowledge pages are full of useful information such as what to do if your pet becomes ill.
Vaccinate, treat and find new homes for abandoned animals. Animals who can not be adopted after a certain time may have to be put down.
Look for foster parents for puppies and kittens which are too young to leave their mothers. Foster parents generally look after the young animals until a permanent home can be found.
The SPCA (HK) has a policy of Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO) as a solution to reduce the overpopulation of abandoned animals. Surrender can only be done in office hours, so that the SPCA (HK) staff can try to ascertain the reason for the surrender.
- Behaviour Training
Offers training programmes, including Puppy Socialisation Training and Basic Obedience Training.
- Homing Hearing Dog Programme
Assign hearing dog to the people in need, they serve as their ears and eyes.
The SPCA (HK) offers various services for animals in need. The charges of the services are different due to diverse categories.
- Boarding Service
Provide boarding service to members for their cats and dogs. The service includes daily monitoring of food and water intake, toilet habits and demeanour by trained kennel staff enabling any health issues to be detected earlier. In addition, basic grooming and one on one leisure time to the boarding animals are available for keeping boarding animals clean and healthy.
- Grooming Service
Offer a full range of grooming services from "Full Professional Grooming", "Special Clipping", flea baths, gentle shampooing, nail clipping, trim between the paw pads, ear cleaning, brush or coat clipping and scissoring. All profits generated from the services go to help the needy animals.
- Veterinary Services
Provide regular veterinary services to their member's companion animals with the static clinics and the mobile clinic vehicle. Along with regular veterinary services, the department also provides special veterinary services such as "Weight Management Clinics" and "Wellness Clinics" for animals in need. According to the Annual Report 04-05, 64,969 animals had been given veterinary treatment from their clinics during that year.
One of the SPCA (HK)'s most well known services is the animal adoption. In year 2007 to 2008, 2904 animals were successfully adopted.
SPCA (HK) may accept, under certain conditions, dogs and cats surrendered by their owners. Alternatively, pet owners in HK have the option of surrendering, unconditionally, their pets directly to the Animal Management Center.
The SPCA (HK)’ｓattitude towards animal euthanasia has long been controversial among animal lovers and pet owners. According to the SPCA (HK)’ｓannual report, 4128 animals were put down by the society in 2007 to 08. During the past few years, there were more and more reports about the society’s euthanasia policy.
Pawprints(足印) is a quarterly newsletter published by the SPCA (HK). Its contents range from the SPCA (HK) news and announcements to international news concerning animal welfare. Interviews with the SPCA (HK) staff and vets are also featured. The public can go to their official website to read the past issues of Pawprints.
- "SPCA (HK) Policy Document Animal Welfare". www.spca.org.hk. Retrieved October 24, 2006.
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