SPCA's Upgraded Community Animal Clinic Now Open
Published on Sunday, 07 July 2019
For several decades, the SPCA has run a basic veterinary clinic for the public, serving community animals. In 2017, having moved to its new premises at Sungei Tengah, a significant upgrade of veterinary capabilities was embarked upon with a vision to provide subsidised and quality healthcare for community animals, and pets from low income households.
The upgraded clinic was made possible due to to generous donors and the Tux for Tails gala dinner fundraisers led by Ms Gerti Iwatake.
The clinic is now equipped with more advanced diagnostic capabilities, including x-ray and blood testing machines, and provides a broader spectrum of medical treatments. The number of surgeries performed monthly has increased by 20%, and this has enabled the clinic to better support vital humane population management programmes, namely the nationwide Trap-Neuter-Release-Manage (TNRM) programme for dogs and the Stray Cat Sterilisation Programme (SCSP).
An estimated $600,000 to $700,000 a year will be needed to support the clinic’s continued operation. Here are two examples of how your money will be used to help stray animals.
Flute was abandoned in a cage at a void deck. Thankfully, a kind-hearted person brought him to the SPCA. After a thorough examination which included x-rays, Flute was found to have a damaged spine, which rendered his hind limbs paralysed, and also resulted in a loss of bladder control. SPCA could not determine the cause of the injury with certainty, but hopes that he will regain some use of his hind legs over time.
Flute has been undergoing physiotherapy sessions in SPCA's clinic and has also been fitted with a set of wheels to aid his mobility. This sweet and brave boy is now waiting for a loving home.
Harvey was rescued after being found on the streets with a severe maggot wound and in extremely poor physical condition. It is likely he would have died if not provided with immediate veterinary care. The clinic team immediately sprang into action upon his admittance, to provide emergency care, as well as to clean up his wound and remove the maggots. It was likely that the severe wound resulted from an untreated ear infection.
Samples were sent to an external laboratory and the results indicated that the bacteria in his ear was resistant to most antibiotics. The team prepared a special formulation of ear medication to treat the resistant bacteria. Despite all their efforts, the ear infection raged on. SPCA veterinarians ended up having to perform ear surgery, to remove a portion of the ear canal, to treat the stubborn infection.
After months of treatment, Harvey has finally shown significant improvement and has warmed up to the staff who have been treating and nursing him daily. He is currently up for adoption.
To find out how you can donate to SPCA, visit www.spca.org.sg today!