Dis­count adop­tion for cats

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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