Discount adoption for cats
THE SOUTH Waikato SPCA is running $10 adoptions, including desexing, for cats this Friday from 5pm to 7pm. The adoption special comes as the SPCA is inundated with unwanted cats.
More than 100 years ago New Zealand joined an international community known as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (SPCA) and since then thousands of dedicated people have worked tirelessly to uphold the principles contained in that name.
The aim of the society was and still is aimed at establishing the highest possible standards for the humane treatment of animals, to promote their right to life and happiness and to protect them from abuse and ill-treatment.
Much of this was achieved through the establishment of shelters in which animals in need could be housed, treated and, if possible, rehomed.
However, it soon became apparent that, through the sheer volume of animals and the nature of their afflictions, those dedicated saviours were placed in the unenviable position of having to decide which animals could live and which should die.
In 1995, the San Francisco SPCA became the first to adopt a ‘‘no kill’’ policy which has since been adopted in New Zealand, including by the South Waikato SPCA.
The decision to use the term ‘‘saving lives’’ rather than ‘‘no kill’’ is deliberate; in the reality of the society’s work death will be a merciful and necessary outcome for some animals.
By contrast, ‘‘saving lives’’ reflects the positive nature of the group’s ideology and sends a message that they are in the business of saving lives.