SPCA to ben­e­fit from merger

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The Far North SPCA has merged with the na­tional body, form­ing one na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion from what has been 45 in­de­pen­dent cen­tres around the coun­try.

SPCA chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drea Mid­gen says the de­ci­sion had been made af­ter two years of dis­cus­sions and con­sul­ta­tion.

‘‘As one SPCA we can achieve more for our coun­try’s most vul­ner­a­ble an­i­mals than we could do as a frag­mented or­gan­i­sa­tion,’’ she says.

The fo­cus of ev­ery SPCA around the coun­try would not change, but with con­sis­tency and col­lab­o­ra­tion, ev­ery an­i­mal would re­ceive the best care pos­si­ble, Mid­gen says.

‘‘We will be able to cre­ate a stronger SPCA in­spec­torate, and we will have one strat­egy and one voice. We will be able to ac­cess cen­tralised fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and ben­e­fit from economies of scale, en­abling us to have the re­sources to do more for an­i­mals.’’

Mean­while, Tracee Knowler has re­turned to the Far North where she was born and raised, in the role of se­nior an­i­mal wel­fare in­spec­tor for SPCA in Kaitaia and Bay of Is­lands.

The job will make good use of the skills she ac­quired in a 19 year ca­reer with the po­lice – most of that be­ing spent in Kaitaia, in uni­form and as a de­tec­tive, end­ing at the sole charge sta­tion at Pukenui. It also fol­lows a two year stint over­seas work­ing with Red Cross.

The so­ci­ety is cur­rently try­ing to find a new lo­ca­tion for its an­i­mal shel­ter in the Kaitaia area.

They are grate­ful to Jon Bren­nan for the use of his ken­nels over the past three years but his prop­erty has now sold. A new premises is needed by De­cem­ber 1.

‘‘We have a bud­get avail­able to pur­chase land and or build­ings but at this stage are hav­ing trou­ble find­ing some­thing suit­able,’’ Knowler says. ‘‘It would be great to hear from any­one who thinks they have a piece that we could pur­chase.

‘‘The only real pro­viso is that ideally it should be within five to 10 min­utes drive from Kaitaia’’ Knowler says.

❚ Any­one in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing can con­tact Heather on 021 0283 0156. To help with land or prop­erty con­tact Tracee on 021 268 6920.

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