Critic should vol­un­teer at SPCA to un­der­stand

Bay News - - Front Page - By Mar­garet Rawiri Tau­ranga SPCA Cen­tre man­ager

The other day Iwas brows­ing some of the so­cial me­dia sites and came across a com­ment made by some­one re­gard­ing a cat that we have in our care.

This per­son has no as­so­ci­a­tion­with the cat, nor is a per­son known to me who has worked or vol­un­teered at the Tau­ranga SPCA so doesn’t know our poli­cies or pro­ce­dures or have a full un­der­stand­ing of what we do at the SPCA, yet they felt the need to make com­ments along the lines of ‘so much for the SPCA try­ing’, ‘they don’t try, eas­ier to eu­thanase the cat’ ‘shouldn’t have taken the cat there’.

This re­ally sad­dens me and not the first time I have read com­ments like th­ese, but this time it re­ally stuck with me.

The cat in ques­tion en­tered our care as an in­jured stray. It is be­ing well cared for at the cen­tre, it is un­der vet care for its in­jury and was taken to the vet on ar­rival to the SPCA, and we are ad­ver­tis­ing for the cat’s own­ers in the hope we will find them.

After the cat has done its stray time, and pro­vided its in­jury is cleared by a vet and an owner doesn’t con­tact us the cat will be avail­able for adop­tion and will find a lov­ing new home.

As aman­ager Iwatch my staff care for th­ese an­i­mals— over 2000 each year come through our door. The staff do get an­noyed with peo­ple as if it weren’t for peo­ple not car­ing the an­i­mals wouldn’t need our help.

We en­sure the an­i­mals are well cared for at the cen­tre, with all their needs met. Ev­ery an­i­mal is checked over by a qual­i­fied vet and any health prob­lems tended to.

It is un­fair that com­ments like th­ese are made with no un­der­stand­ing. None of my staff would be here if they didn’t care for the an­i­mals and want to help them and have pos­i­tive out­comes. I have seen tears, anger, mixed emo­tions frommy staff when a hard de­ci­sion has to be made.

When the de­ci­sion to eu­thanase is made, it is not made lightly and de­cided by three ex­pe­ri­enced staff in­volved with the care of the an­i­mal, in­clud­ing an Aux­il­iary Of­fi­cer or An­i­mal Wel­fare In­spec­tor and a vet.

To say that we don’t try and eas­ier to eu­thanase is hor­ri­ble and I sug­gest peo­ple­with this opin­ion per­haps try vol­un­teer­ing at an SPCA to see the ex­tent of whatwe do be­fore voic­ing neg­a­tive judge­ments.

If you would like to vol­un­teer drop into the cen­tre at 43 Alach Street and pick up a vol­un­teer ap­pli­ca­tion form.

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