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With its up­graded clinic, SPCA moves one step closer to­ward its vision of pro­vid­ing af­ford­able an­i­mal health­care

With its up­graded clinic, SPCA moves one step closer to­wards its vision of pro­vid­ing af­ford­able an­i­mal health­care, and will con­tinue to raise funds for its op­er­a­tions at the Tux for Tails ball this month. Or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers tell Hashirin Nurin Hashimi what the health of com­mu­nity an­i­mals mean to them

A sin­ga­pore where all needy an­i­mals have ac­cess to health­care—this is a vision of the So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (SPCA), ac­cord­ing to ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Jaipal Singh Gill. And in a step to­wards real­is­ing it, Sin­ga­pore’s old­est an­i­mal wel­fare char­ity has opened the doors of its up­graded clinic, which will pro­vide com­pre­hen­sive vet­eri­nary ser­vices to com­mu­nity an­i­mals here. Gill ex­plains, “Some an­i­mals may not have ac­cess to vet­eri­nary care due to costs. The SPCA clinic bridges this gap for needy an­i­mals. We will pro­vide, at af­ford­able and sub­sidised rates, much needed pre­ven­ta­tive care, stan­dard di­ag­nos­tics such as X-rays and blood tests, as well as med­i­cal and sur­gi­cal treat­ment for in­juries and dis­eases. There are thou­sands of com­mu­nity cats and street dogs in Sin­ga­pore be­ing cared for by ded­i­cated care­givers. Th­ese an­i­mals need ac­cess to health­care like any of our pets would, but the costs can be a strain on the care­givers. Our clinic has al­ways served th­ese an­i­mals but we have strug­gled to cope with the vol­ume.” To sup­port the op­er­a­tions of the clinic, SPCA will con­tinue its fundrais­ing ef­forts with the Tux for Tails Fash­ion Ball on November 30, at The St Regis Sin­ga­pore. Or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers, led by chair­per­son Gerti Iwatake, tell us about the an­i­mal health­care con­cerns in Sin­ga­pore, and why those look­ing for a pet should open their hearts to give a home to home­less an­i­mals. (And the good news: all the an­i­mals fea­tured in this story have been adopted.)

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