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Spotlight on Waterford SPCA

Rescue Case

In September 2015, Waterford SPCA part-funded an Animal Welfare Inspector to cover the Waterford and South Tipperary area for next five years. This was a massive decision for a local society to spend €150,000 to have such cover of an authorised officer but as the case below shows this has been a huge success.  Inspector Alice Lacey has achieved so much over the last two years that Waterford SPCA finds itself perpetually full with neglected and cruelly treated animals, especially dogs. “A sure sign of a very busy proactive Inspector“.  The case below is one of the successful prosecutions taken by Inspector Lacey.  The owner of these dogs received a conviction, fine and a ban from keeping dogs for life . 

Dogs rescued from a life of misery. 

Applling living conditions. 

Emaciated and in desperate need of veterinary attention. 

The ISPCA would like to thank the Waterford SPCA for co-funding an Inspector to cover Waterford and South Tipperary.  Without their support we could not have increased our coverage.

TNR Scheme

Waterford SPCA runs a very successful trap-neuter-return scheme (also known as TNR) for feral cats in Waterford City and County. As the name suggests the scheme involves trapping feral cats, taking them to a local veterinary clinic for neutering and after an overnight stay in the vets the cats are returned to their colonies where they continue to live out their lives as feral, outdoor cats.

Friendly cats and kittens are adopted but the majority of the cats and kittens are returned to their colonies.

The benefits, based on scientific research, include improvements to the health and well-being of feral cat colonies, a stabilisation of the feral cat population. In general, the overall population of colonies tend to decrease over time. An added benefit is the community developing a better relationship with the cats.

Waterford SPCA’s project was set up over ten years ago to help reduce and control the population of feral cat colonies. Work continues every year in maintaining existing colonies and trapping and neutering newcomers to existing colonies and targeting new colonies throughout the city and county.

Our experience of the project concurs with the research. We have found it beneficial both to the cats and the communities they live in. The number of calls to the Waterford SPCA to investigate disease and suffering of feral cat colonies has decreased over the year thanks to the investment in the TNR scheme.

In addition the Society has developed positive relationships with local communities who take care of the colonies and report back to us on a regular basis. Our welfare officer and back-up team are on first name terms with cat carers in the local community and a phone call away when help is needed for the feral cats. Over the years, we have developed close professional links with local charities who foster, socialise and rehome friendly feral cats and kittens.

Our TNR scheme has put feline welfare and population control on the agenda and the take-up rate for the scheme is evidence of its’ success in raising awareness of the important role that feral cat colonies provide in control of rodents and of the importance of controlling numbers in order to improve feline health and facilitate acceptance for the colonies within the local community.


Happy Tail

Bob, (now called Cooper) was in a shocking state when rescued. He was extremely matted with such a heavy coat.  He was very thin and uncomfortable due to the heat. However, thanks to our excellent vet, groomer and kennel assistant, Bob is now a new dog.  Not only does he feel terrific but he also looks great.  So good in fact, he won second prize at a local dog show!  Thanks to his new loving family for giving him a wonderful home and new life.

Before photo in desperate need of grooming.

Taking a nap after a lovely day at a local dog show with his new family.