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Increase In Unwanted Animal Numbers Putting SPCA Under Pressure

December and January proved to be very busy months at
SPCA Centres around New Zealand with an increase of up to
450 more animals in SPCA care than over the same period last

Almost 4,000 animals are currently with SPCA in
their 35 Centres around the country, with thousands more in
foster homes throughout communities.

SPCA Chief
Executive Andrea Midgen says the number of animals being
looked after is always seasonally high over summer, but the
past two months have been challenging.

“We always
see a surge in animal numbers over the summer months as
that’s when a lot of animals are breeding – however the
rise of unwanted animals is frustrating because it’s so
preventable,” Ms Midgen says. “I would have loved some
of our staff to take a well-deserved break over summer as
2020 was a tough year, but it was all hands on deck over the
holiday period due to the sheer numbers of animals needing
our help.”

Ms Midgen says it’s going to take a
collective community effort if we want to see the numbers
becoming more manageable.

“A simple operation at the
vet is all it takes. As a country we need to start taking
desexing more seriously. It is the only way we are going to
bring these numbers down and ease the pressure on all animal
rescue groups, including SPCA.”

SPCA’s popular
Snip ‘n’ Chip campaigns across the country are starting
to make inroads with almost 24,000 animals undergoing
surgery in the last financial year, to prevent unwanted
litters. 2021 looks set to break all SPCA desexing records,
with major desexing campaigns planned across the

The biggest Snip n Chip programme in the past
12 months is currently underway in Northland, with 2,500
desexing vouchers snapped up since December. Another 1000
$10 cat desexing vouchers have just been released in
Whangarei, Dargaville, Kamo, Kaitaia, Kerikeri and

Ms Midgen understands other animal charities
are also struggling with the sheer numbers of unwanted
animals needing care, and says all groups need to work

“Animal welfare is a community issue and
we all have a part to play,” she says.

“SPCA has
made a significant commitment to invest in desexing. Only by
changing the scale of the problem can we hope to improve
animal welfare outcomes and reduce the overwhelming number
of unwanted animals that end up in the care of animal rescue
organisations across the

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