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SPCA International grant to assist Chinese animal shelter preparing for lockdown and dwindling food supply, amid coronavirus

SPCA International funding will help purchase kibble-making machine

New York, NY (February 10th, 2020) – While the coronavirus outbreak expands, SPCA International is rushing a $10,000 grant to our longtime partner in China, Bo Ai Animal Protection Centre of Guangyuan. Bo Ai reports that other animal shelters have been put under lockdown due to the coronavirus, even though there is no evidence that dogs and cats can be infected with or spread the new coronavirus. Bo Ai anticipates they may be put under lockdown soon as well, even though they are more than a 12-hour drive from the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan. The grant from SPCA International will help the shelter continue to care for all its animals while accepting new animal surrenders during this crisis. They expect access to pet food to dwindle as the coronavirus outbreak continues to disrupt the normal course of business locally. Thanks to the SPCA International grant, Bo Ai will be able to purchase a kibble-making machine to ensure they can sustain their food supply.

SPCA International has partnered with Bo Ai Animal Protection Centre since 2014, in support of its amazing work rescuing animals from the dog meat trade and challenging those responsible. Their activism has resulted in the shuttering of dog meat trade farms and interrupted the transport of dogs on their way to slaughter.  

“It’s heartbreaking to see that so many dogs and cats in China are being abandoned or placed under lockdown in shelters out of misplaced fear and misinformation about coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, there is currently no evidence that companion animals can be infected with the new coronavirus, which means they cannot transmit the disease. We urge Chinese municipalities to make decisions grounded in medical research and work to stem the tide of misinformation about the new coronavirus and companion animals,” said Meredith Ayan, Executive Director, SPCA International. SPCA International urges people to share the WHO infographic below to help ensure the spread of factual information and reduce the fearful reactions that can be stirred by crisis and misinformation.

Photo Credit: World Health Organization

About SPCA International

SPCA International (https://www.spcai.org/about-spcai/) is a global animal welfare organization with a mission that is simple, but vast: to advance the safety and well-being of animals. Through outreach, rescue and education programs, SPCA International spearheads lifesaving initiatives and assists grassroots animal activists worldwide.

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