Critic should volunteer at SPCA to understand
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.