SPCA pet heroes out in force

SPCA volunteers will be hitting the streets tomorrow as part of a three day street collection.

The SPCA Paws Appeal is being held on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and aims to raise $200,000 to meet increasing demand for its services.

''Last year we raised $120,000 thanks to the generosity of Aucklanders,'' SPCA Auckland chief executive Christine Kalin says.

''This year we have set ourselves an ambitious target of $200,000 for the simple reason that our costs keep going up and the number of animals we receive continues to rise.

''To help us meet this target we have asked for more volunteer collectors this year and Aucklanders have answered our call with more than 1,000 already signed up. Last year we had just under 800 volunteers so this is a huge increase. Thank you Auckland.''

SPCA Auckland cares for animals lost, abandoned, injured, or abused in the Auckland region from Wellsford to Port Waikato.

Between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012, SPCA Auckland cared for 18,538 animals, microchipped 3,995 animals, and returned 321 stray animals to their owners.

During that same period SPCA Auckland inspectors travelled 380,373 km within the region investigating cases of animal neglect, abuse, abandonment, and injury. 

The organisation also achieved an impressive 100 per cent success rate in bringing prosecutions against people who abused animals in their care.

''We provide an essential service for Auckland every day - but we need help. Our annual budget amounts to several million dollars but we receive no automatic government funding,'' Ms Kalin says.

''So we are appealing to members of the public to carry cash this Friday, Saturday and Sunday and give it up for SPCA Auckland.

''For those who prefer to donate online, our website at spca.org.nz makes it super easy. 

''Many thanks in advance to the people of Auckland for their ongoing generosity and support.''

Auckland City Harbour News