MSPCA to start funding neutering programme at a cost of €20,000
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Since 2009, 16,000 dogs have been neutered in a scheme for dogs which has been run by the MSPCA since 2015, when it took over from the Dogs Trust International’s Gold Project in Malta.
The two organisations had been working together to improve the welfare of dogs in Malta through rehoming, neutering and education. MSPCA has continued to run the neutering campaign since 2015, which had been still supported by the UK charity.
The MSPCA in a statement said that it has gained a lot of knowledge about how such neutering programmes should be run successfully and as a result plan to continue to run the scheme seamlessly after they take over funding responsibilities at the beginning of May 2018, when the Dogs Trust funding of the neutering scheme ends.
” The neutering programme costs in excess of €20,000 a year to implement and this will be a testing period for our organisation whilst we look to secure new funds for the neutering programme to continue,” said Gerald Strickland, the MSPCA’s Chief of Operations.
He added that, “it is clear that the considerable efforts of staff both present and past are responsible for the progress achieved in this field. This will continue to have a beneficial effect in the future as, besides neutering 16,000 dogs to date, the campaign has positively changed attitudes towards neutering.”
The MSPCA also runs the oldest rehoming centre for pets in Malta which, it said, is fully compliant with the Code of Practice of the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes in the UK and remains “the only NGO centre in the Maltese islands with accommodation for dogs, cats, kittens and puppies.”
A year-round education programme for school children, is also undertaken by the MSPCA, as well as participating in EU lobbying and research for animal welfare regulations, mostly funded through the charity’s three retail outlets in Naxxar and Sliema.
For information on how to apply for the scheme or how to donate to the neutering scheme kindly visit the website here.