It feels surreal that we have been in lockdown for almost two weeks and for SPCA it has been a difficult time – as we know if will have been for many of you too.
The stark reality is that SPCA is facing an enormous crisis. We are in urgent need of support so we can keep operating.
Since we launched our urgent appeal last week, we have been so humbled by the generosity shown to us by so many of our supporters. Everyone at SPCA has been so moved by your kindness and ability to stay strong for the animals despite the hardship you may be enduring.
However, as we watch the news evolve every day, it is becoming clear that SPCA could soon be facing a desperate situation. Our current forecast shows that SPCA will lose $1,000,000 of income because of the lockdown - a number that is likely to increase in the coming weeks.
SPCA has never faced a crisis like this. COVID-19 is having a disastrous impact on our ability to raise funds – and where we once covered a significant proportion of our costs with in-person fundraising activities and events, Op shop sales, and adoption fees, we are now relying on your help to make it through this unprecedented time.
As the nation feels the financial and emotional hardships of the pandemic we are also preparing for animals who will be impacted and need our help. Those who can no longer be cared for, who need rescuing from unfortunate situations, or need temporary shelter.
SPCA Inspectors are still protecting animals on the frontline and trying to find ways to safely work and respond to emergency and urgent animal welfare complaints. Our vets are still needed to tend to sick and injured at our centres. Our animal teams must be there to feed, clean, and care for the animals.
If you are able to help, please donate now to our emergency appeal at: http://www.spca.nz/covidurgent