Saving Lives Wins Award for Bay of Islands SPCA
Its small size and lack of facilities have not stopped SPCA Bay of Islands from being identified as an example for others to follow when it comes to saving animals' lives.
The Bay of Islands team was awarded one of the coveted inaugural Savings Lives Award at the Royal New Zealand SPCA's 2011 National Conference in Wellington on 7th May.
"The SPCA adopted its nationwide Saving Lives strategy last year. Once we understood what it was about, we went all out locally to ensure that loving homes were found for as many animals as possible," says SPCA Bay of Islands Manager, John Logie.
"In addition, we've put a lot of effort into having animals fostered and we've publicised the need for donations for the sometimes costly veterinary services needed to keep some of them alive. And, perhaps most important of all, we've made ourselves more visible in the community, so that we can attract support, funding and, of course, help in finding homes for animals that need them.
"We've shown that, with a bit of effort, you can get to the point where euthanising an animal becomes a very rare event. And we've also shown that you don't need to be big to make a difference.
"The Bay of Islands has one of the smallest SPCA Centres in New Zealand. We don't even have a proper headquarters building and we run our administration out of a three bedroom house. So, winning this award is very special to us," he says.
The Royal New Zealand SPCA’s National President, Bob Kerridge, describes the formal adoption of a ten point Saving Lives agenda, at the 2010 Annual Conference in Rotorua, as marking out a major philosophical direction in how the Society operates.
"Saving lives has always been a crucial aspect of our work. However, we're now making it absolutely central. We want to ensure that every animal with which the SPCA comes into contact receives the optimum level of opportunity for enjoying a full and happy existence.
"No dogs or cats should have to die because there isn't the room or funding available for looking after them.
"Just one year on from adopting the Saving Lives agenda, it's tremendous to see the progress our Centres are making and to be able to honour the outstanding achievers with these inaugural annual awards.
"SPCA Bay of Islands received its award because its team have thrown their hearts and souls into saving animals' lives. They’re helping to set a great example to the rest of the country," says Mr Kerridge.
For further information, please contact:
SPCA Bay of Islands
Phone: 09 407 7515
National President, Royal New Zealand SPCA
Executive Director, SPCA Auckland
DDI: 09 256 7306
After Hours: 09 528 9940
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