COVID-19 Updates & Executive Director’s Message

COVID-19 Updates & Executive Director’s Message

SPCA COVID-19 Updates

During this challenging time, we are going to continue to be there for animals that need us the most.

Our SPCA staff are working hard to keep essential services running and we seek your support in the weeks ahead. Following the latest government announcement, we have enhanced our safety measures.

Please take note of these new changes:

? ALL of SPCA’s adoption services will temporarily cease until further notice. We have sufficient fosterers at the moment. However, please follow our social media updates in case we need your help!

✅ Critical animal welfare services will remain running (24/7 emergency animal rescues, cruelty and welfare investigations, shelter, community animal clinic, humane animal population management programmes e.g. TNRM)

☎️ For emergencies regarding injured, sick, abused or abandoned animals, please call us at 6287 5355 ext 9. If you have further questions, DM us on social media.

? Online donations only. Please help us today by donating. Many of our crucial fundraising events, including our biggest clinic fundraiser this year, had to be cancelled.

We thank you for your incredible support and seek your patience during this difficult time. Our operations might be affected due to manpower adjustments to protect our staff and volunteers, but let’s work together and stay safe for ourselves, our families, and the wider community.

SPCA ED’s Message

Dear Friends,

I hope that you and your loved ones are keeping safe in these challenging times.

Keeping our people safe and minimising risk of spread
Prior to the latest set of measures announced on Friday (3 April), we had been doing our best to protect our people and visitors at SPCA through various measures such as temperature taking and physical distancing. We had also cancelled or postponed all events, adoption drives, and group visits to the SPCA, including our biggest fundraiser of the year, our Tux for Tails gala dinner, that was meant to raise funds for our veterinary services.

Our animal welfare work
I would like to assure you that the SPCA team is committed to keeping our animal welfare services running. In recent weeks, despite the escalating pandemic, our staff and volunteers have been turning up at the SPCA, caring for our animals, walking the dogs, rescuing animals in distress, administering treatment to sick and injured animals, and investigating animal cruelty and welfare cases. They are the unsung heroes working behind the scenes to make a difference in the lives of animals.

From 7 April onwards, only our critical animal welfare services will continue running. We will continue rescuing animals and the animals in our shelter will be well taken care of. Adoptions will have to temporarily cease. If necessary, we will put out calls for fostering to help us cope with the continued intake of rescued animals.

While we are certainly concerned about our health and that of the wider community, we have to consider the animals too. Our animal welfare work, especially critical services, must go on. We may have to make further adjustments as the situation evolves to protect our staff and volunteers, but we will be there for animals that need us the most. 

Managing public anxieties
We have been closely monitoring developments around the world. So far, we have put out two COVID-19 related advisories, most recently after Hong Kong announced that a dog tested positive for the virus. We have advised the public that they are no safer if they surrender their pets and that sensible precautions will keep them and their pets healthy. There have been some concerns that people might start abandoning their pets. Thankfully, to date, we have not seen an increase in pet abandonment.

Challenges on the horizon
With the cancellation of our gala dinner and numerous other events, and the present economic climate, we expect donations to take a significant hit. Adoptions will be affected. We are also preparing for potential supply chain disruptions that might affect our operations, such as a shortage of medical supplies. There will likely be other challenges we will have to face. But we take heart that we are not alone and that there will be many, including you, still looking out for animals come what may. The SPCA has always been a large community of people working together to care for all creatures great and small. So we thank you for your continued support.

Finally, if there is anything we can do for you, please let us know and we will try our best to help. All of us have been affected in one way or another by COVID-19, some of course much more than others. So let’s stay united and ride this storm together.

On behalf of everyone at the SPCA, I wish you and your family the best of health. Stay safe and take care.

Warmest regards,
Dr Jaipal Singh Gill
Executive Director