Every SPCA’s primary function is not Homing Animals it is Preventing Cruelty. However we do re-home animals that have been rescued by us or relinquished to us if we judge them to be potentially good family pets. We are extremely selective over who may adopt which animals from us. We want to be as certain as possible that the new owners will provide their adopted animals with a loving home for life.
We endeavour to maintain a watching brief over all our adopted animals which is why our animals may not be re-homed outside our area of jurisdiction unless another SPCA agrees to take on responsibility for those animals. We do not re-home pets to areas where there is no SPCA to undertake this monitoring role.
We encourage people from within our area to adopt an animal from us when they have made a conscious decision to get a new pet. Photos and profiles of the animals available are posted on our website and in the local weekly newspaper.
Pictures of cute kittens and adorable puppies with heartrending stories being circulated to thousands of “friends” amounts to emotional blackmail. Many feel they must “save” these animals. The animals in our care have, in fact, already been saved by the SPCA – now they are waiting for just the right people to visit the SPCA specifically looking for just the right pet to join their family.
Facebook and other social networking groups are great tools for promoting the SPCA cause but not, in our opinion, for the important and serious task of re-homing our precious animals.