SPCA launches urgent Emergency COVID-19 Appeal
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Posted March 30, 2020
Media Release: SPCA CEO Andrea Midgen
A message from SPCA CEO Andrea Midgen:
Sadly COVID-19 is having an unimaginable impact on our services and our ability to raise funds - and now, more than ever, we need help to keep SPCA Centres open.
All of our Op shops are now closed. Many of our fundraising activities have ground to a halt. Our best forecasts at this point show that SPCA is looking at a loss of income during the lockdown of $1,000,000.
We receive very little government funding and nearly all of our costs are covered by the generous donations by people.
As an Essential Service, during the lockdown SPCA centres will continue to take in and care for sick, injured and neglected animals with nowhere else to go.Animals like Monty and Milo (pictured) – two beautiful puppies who just a few weeks ago were found severely underweight and malnourished, very dehydrated, ravaged by parasites and dumped by a river in Hawkes Bay. They were less than 2 months’ old.Monty and Milo survived their ordeal - and are growing stronger, healthier and happier every day.
Now, thousands of animals just like them are urgently relying on help to receive the love and care they desperately need over the weeks and months to come.
I know that, in this unprecedented and uncertain time, many of you may also have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis – and I understand you may not be in a position to give as generously as you would like.
But, as we come to the end of the tax year, I would like you to know that if you donate in the next two days you will receive a third of your donation back as a tax benefit in April.
If you donate $30 you will get $10 back. If you donate $90 you will get $30 back. If you donate $210, you will get $70 back.
Right now, the more you give to help New Zealand’s animals before April 1st, the more you receive back – and the need is greater now than ever before.