Often by the time kittens or puppies are brought to us, it's too late to save them. They are simply too weak or sick to survive.
The life of stray animals can be brutal and short. Many are hit by cars, become very sick or are prone to abuse and starvation. And the cycle of breeding continues.
In the last year, an average of 1300 animals came into SPCA Auckland every month. This puts huge pressure on services such as the animal hospital and the Inspectorate. It's more than just an SPCA problem – it's a community problem.
And it’s urgent. For every month that we are not de-sexing, animals continue to breed and the problem escalates.
New Zealand sadly has so many unwanted, neglected animals. De-sexing and responsible ownership are the only way to address the cause of unwanted animals being abused and neglected.
By stopping unwanted births of kittens and puppies, we can prevent the SPCA from being the ‘ambulance at the bottom of the cliff’.
This year, we are investing in a focussed de-sexing strategy to really make an impact. We'll be combining short-term de-sexing campaigns which will make an immediate impact with long-term education and attitudinal change programmes.
Our three key initiatives for this year are:
Each campaign will target 400 to 500 cats through intensive de-sexing campaigns held in priority Auckland suburbs overpopulated with cats. You may be surprised to learn that a female cat can start reproducing from the age of five months and have up to four litters of up to six kittens every year.
Our Community Cats Programme targets undesexed cats in the community to reduce the number of unwanted stray kittens. After a successful pilot in 2016, we will continue and expand the programme in 2017.
This year we will be launching a long-term education, awareness and behavioural change programme. This education campaign aims to create awareness of the animal over-population problem and the need to change behaviour around de-sexing.