SPCA Inspector Melissa will never forget the day she first met Sully.
He was locked in a dark room, cowering in the corner. Sully’s spirit was broken. He was frightened and anxious.
As an SPCA Inspector, Melissa has legal powers to seize animals like Sully from their owners. She brought him to safety so our team could look after him. As an animal lover, we know you want to see a New Zealand where all animals are respected and cared for. The thought of animals like Sully suffering is heart-breaking. This SPCA Annual Appeal Week, please donate today to rescue animals like Sully and give them the life they deserve.
Sully’s previous owner was someone known to the SPCA. Part of an SPCA Inspector’s responsibility is following up on animal welfare complaints, and scheduling rechecks to ensure that owners are complying with the law. That ongoing work is how Inspector Melissa found Sully. It’s a day she’ll always remember:
Sully's coat was overgrown and painfully matted. But most upsetting was his mental state. It's terrifying to see an animal so emotionallu traumatised so they don't know who to trust. Our team gave Sully medicine, introduced him to the outside world and patiently helped im build confidence. It took six months before Sully was ready to be adopted. Sully it just one of the many animals who rely on you for hope and happiness. Your support gives them a second chance at life.
“I’ll never forget walking into that room and seeing him hiding, wide-eyed in the dark corner.”
“The strangest part though was when I walked him out to my van. He didn’t make a single sound – not a whimper, or a bark.”
Many people don’t realise that some of our hardest cases are where we deal with animals who are psychologically hurting. Our vets can heal a physical wound with surgery and medicine. It’s much harder to heal a broken heart. There was a team of people who were dedicated to Sully’s recovery. Inspector Melissa rescued him, our vets gave him medicine, our canine team walked and trained him, his foster family patiently helped Sully build confidence – and even his canine foster brother taught Sully how to play tug with a rope toy.
The SPCA is full of people who give everything to save and change lives. But honestly, the biggest hero is you, because you make all this possible. Without your generosity, we couldn’t rescue animals like Sully. Thousands of animals would suffer, and live a life full of fear.
As I’m sure you can imagine, it costs a lot of money to treat and care for all the animals that need the SPCA’s help. Animals like Sully can’t heal without your support. Last week, Inspector Melissa visited Sully at his new home. It was the first time she had seen him since he was adopted.
“Sully is almost unrecognisable from the day I first met him. I can’t get over how happy he is now.”
“With unconditional love from his new family, Sully has found joy in being a normal dog. He loves walks along the beach, playing in the backyard and snuggling on his special spot on the couch.”
SPCA Inspectors have a varied, tough job. They rescue animals from awful cases of abuse and neglect, and will prosecute offenders through the courts. They also educate their community on caring for their animals to break the cycle of animal cruelty.
“It can be a really hard job. But seeing Sully reminds me why I do what I do.”
“I’ve pinned photos of him above my desk because animals like Sully make every hard day worth it.”
I have so much respect and admiration for Melissa, and all our other SPCA Inspectors who do impossibly tough jobs. They are all heroes. But you can be a hero too. When you give a donation to the SPCA, you give rescue, you give love, and most importantly – you give hope. And we need you now more than ever.
Please donate today so we can keep our Inspectors on the road 365 days a year, rescuing animals who are crying out for help.
Tomorrow, like every other day, Inspector Melissa will travel to rescue an animal in need. And in cases of deliberate abuse and neglect, Melissa will prosecute those people responsible. Just a few dollars from you makes such a difference. We can’t do it without you.
The SPCA List of Shame has been released today, highlighting 11 of the most shameful cases of animal cruelty in 2017. The list includes a five year old Lab starved to death, a duck with its beak blown up by a firecracker and a neglected horse left in pain with a deformed eye and engorged head injury.
The List of Shame is being released ahead of the 2018 SPCA Annual Appeal from 9th to 11th March, which aims to raise awareness and funding to support the 15,000+ animal welfare complaints SPCA receive each year, along with ongoing education to prevent animal cruelty. SPCA Chief Executive Andrea Midgen, says, “We need the public’s support to end this shameful cruelty in New Zealand. We receive almost no government funding to run the SPCA Inspectorate, which costs approximately $9 million every year.”
The face of this year’s campaign is Sully, a spaniel-poodle cross owned by a woman previously prosecuted by the SPCA and disqualified from owning animals. While in her care, Sully experienced psychological trauma that led to severe anxiety and the inability to make eye contact. Melissa, the inspector who rescued Sully, said: “I found him locked in a garage where he was living with his owner and another dog. There is evidence to support the dogs were never let outside, and never interacted with anyone other than his owner, resulting in serious emotional trauma and severe separation anxiety.”
After months of successful rehabilitation, Sully now lives happily with his new family at a home on Auckland’s North Shore with a big back yard. This year’s List of Shame contains some shocking cases of neglect and cruelty, including 600 starving chickens, roosters, and ducks with severe feather loss found in an overcrowded environment trying to feed on the decomposing birds around them, and a dog hit by a car with de-gloving injuries to the bone on both hind legs left by its owner to suffer with no veterinary aid.
“We know this list is very upsetting, but this is the reality of what our Inspectors see in their jobs. These horrific cases of neglect and violence towards animals reinforces the vital need for the SPCA’s work,” says Andrea. “The SPCA is here to stand up for any animal that is physically abused, abandoned, neglected, tortured and in pain. It is a very big job and we need all the support we can get.” Donations for this year’s SPCA Annual Appeal can be made to street collectors around the country from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March 2018, or online http://www.spcaannualappeal.org.nz/.
Note: Images of Sully and selected animals in the List of Shame are available on request. Please note that some images may be disturbing.
For more information, please contact: Sarah Jesson, Porter Novelli for SPCA New Zealand 021 0272 2076, firstname.lastname@example.org