SCAA FEBRUARY 2006 NEWSLETTER UPCOMING MARCH EVENTS!! 21 March: Monthly Meeting, Zapata’s, 6:30pm onwards (RMB 100 covers two drinks, food, raffle ticket plus RMB 70 donation to SCAA!). Our February meeting had about 55 people attend and it was a great event/party!! We’d like to get our average up to about 80 people/meeting as this is our main form of fundraising, and of course, the more the merrier, so please bring your friends and colleagues! Please be sure to bring a bag of cat food or litter; every bag you donate means less that we have to buy for the projects! Every Sunday: Baoshan visit, 9am-noon, leaving Portman Hotel entrance, 9am 12 & 26 March: Adoption Day, O’Malley’s, 12-3pm FOSTER PARENT ADOPTION PLEA!!! As always, we desperately need more foster parents!! Help us help our abandoned animals in need! Call Cat Brandell at 13918552425 or 50306563, or Mary Sewell at 13023234048!!! Table of Contents Upcoming Newsletter Template Adoption Figures Individual Donations Finances New Pet Import & Quarantine Regulations SCAA visit to new Government Quarantine Facilities Baoshan Moving?!!!! New SCAA Project/Foster/Adoption Protocols & Waiver to be Implemented Join new SCAA member/volunteer Forum! New mission statement and brochure New SCAA developments -Cat Killer…. -FuDan University Cat Rescue -Potential Shanghai Zoo Project -Shanghai Veterinary Board Meetings -25 March Small Animal Protection Symposium, Guangdong -Patchwork Guild Joint Project -Application for Overseas Organization Recognition (WSPA, UK RSPCA) -Creation of SCAA By-laws, Constitution, Marketing Presentations Website Translation into Mandarin T-shirts for Sale! Upcoming SCAA Community Events: -13 March SEA Coffee Morning -25 March, Garden Books Flea Market -22 April Earth Day Booth, Shanghai Zoo Animal thought for the month Upcoming Newsletter Template Starting with the March Newsletter, we will be creating a new template that will decrease the size of the newsletter (I know most of you are sighing with relief!) and will outline the main topics so that you can simply click on to those issues that interest you! For this issue, we have created a table of contents so that you can just scroll down to topics of interest, and I will try to keep this newsletter short! However, there have been so many developments for both SCAA and the animal welfare scene in Shanghai recently that we think you may want to read right through! All the best, Carol Wolfson, Founder/Executive Director, SCAA Adoption Figures 143 Total Adoptions To Date!! 23 cats 70 kittens 32 dogs 18 puppies Individual Donations Maria Gilsenan: Chesterton Petty Ltd.: RMB 1,200 Lisa Mary DosSantos: “Save What’s Left Club” Forest Glen Middle School, Coral Springs, Florida: US$ 150 Mary & Becker (the Cat), Canada: Canadian $ 100 Joanne & Jeff Greenberg: RMB 4,000 (for Demi’s medical care) Dawn Brandenburg: RMB 2,000 (donation for spaying animals) Nicole Su, Roots & Shoots: RMB 580 Finances Incoming: RMB 21,387 Expenses: RMB 30,722 including: 25 PAW check-ups RMB Baoshan cat food for three months Down payment for t-shirts Jan/Feb website and maintenance fee 9,950 6,140 5,400 9,000 New Pet Import & Quarantine Regulations Keith Ellis, General Manager of Interdean Interconnex Moving Co., has provided the latest regulations for pet import into China. For further details, please see the SCAA website, link http://www.scaashanghai.org/china_pet_import_procedure.htm . SCAA visit to new Government Quarantine Facilities Government Quarantine Facilities: Address: Qing Pu District (getting exact address; wrong address was initially provided in written report!) We called to ask to visit and were told we could not see the quarantine facilities, so three of us went to see regardless (Carol Wolfson, James Holder and a representative from Interdean Interconnex moving company). Upon arrival at the Quarantine, the guard called the head of the quarantine. He did come out and spoke to us in a reception room, that did exhibit high grade animal food (Royal Canine, etc.), Frontline flea medicine, shampoos, basic medical supplies, etc. The head vet was none too happy to see us and seemed to resent having to answer questions. With him was a younger, local vet. The facility is quite far from the PuDong airport which foreigners will use for arrival of pets from overseas. The vet said that they have their own vehicle to transport the animals to the quarantine. We asked to see it and were refused. We were not allowed to see the quarantine facilities at all but were shown pictures. The reason used was that visitors might pick up a disease from inside the quarantine and spread it among the general public. The facility looked clean/hygienic in the photos (considering that it’s brand new, not a surprise). The vet said the indoor facility can house 50 dogs or cats. He said they are isolated with one animal per room, but you can’t see this at all from the photos. The vet said that people arriving at the airport and filling in quarantine forms will see the photographs so they will know understand the facility where their pets are being taken too, but they will not be allowed to go with their pets to settle them in at the quarantine, and they will not be allowed to visit for the 7 days quarantine. If the animals are healthy after this period, the pet owner will be notified by phone (they said they have foreignlanguage speakers) to come pick up their animal. The fee for the first week is RMB 2,000. If the animal is deemed healthy (and we don’t exactly know what ths means and their rote answer for everything was “We use Chinese national standards”), the animal can be taken home for three more weeks of home quarantine. If the animal is considered ill, it will need to stay in quarantine as long as necessary at a cost of RMB 100 day/animal. They did not say what they would do at the end of quarantine if they consider the animal to still be ill (this is also confusing because there are six primary diseases they are looking for in quarantine, but if the animal simply has a bad cold, what does that mean at the end of one month…the vet said they would consider each animal on a caseby-case basis. But, as long as the animal is in quarantine, the owner will not be allowed to visit the pet. We suggested that they at least put up a window where foreigners could come to simply see their pet’s condition and the vet laughed and simply replied that every individual country has its own rules and that this is China’s. James asked about how the testing is done for the six diseases they are concerned with regarding dogs (canine distemper, parvovirus, rabies, infectious hepatitis, coronovirus and one other we can’t recall—getting the official list soon! It was not obvious what they were testing cats for apart from rabies. The vet again said they use national standards for testing (we do not know if they are the same as international standards testing methods) and that they could be reviewed on a government website (he said to google to find the information). James asked about taking blood from the animals and the younger vet said in passable English that they do but quite often cats are hard to draw blood from and he stopped at that. James would have liked to explore this area further (such as, do they use sedation for more difficult cats and then take the blood, which is probably a safer option than physical restraint and normal Western procedure), but the vets refused to answer any more questions about how they test the animals. In summary, we thought that overall, the quarantine facility doesn’t look too bad as the situation stands currently. Only time will tell how it runs. We find the entire quarantine situation rather irrelative as China has all the diseases they seem to want to protect “against” with this quarantine process. Ultimately, at least a one week quarantine is far less painful than the six months in England or four months in Hong Kong… Baoshan Moving??!!! We won’t believe it until we see it, but after waiting almost one year it appears that the Baoshan factory owner has decided to move!! Baoshan’s manager, Mr. Shen, showed me the new piece of land (about 20 minutes further southwest of the current facility) and I was very impressed. It is on a factory zoning lot, but it’s the last factory on the site and with an adjacent piece of land they will rent to build some workers’ housing and donate over 150 square meters to build a new cattery, kennels, isolation rooms and yard for dogs to run in! They have asked that we provide the technical specifications to build a Western Standard facility (that we have been nagging them to do since day one!) and they will pay to build! (We will also see if B&Q can donate product and put their name on the facility.) The site is very private, with very high walls surrounding the compound and 24-hour security so that animals are not easily dumped, and already their security is aware that we only allow visits on Fridays and Sundays with our own approved vans; they will not let in any other visitors in order to follow our strict protocols in the future (we hope….!). Even better is that the site is located adjacent to a river and a pedestrian park (they will put a door through one of the walls so that the dogs can be taken on long walks every day and by our volunteers when they visit). The water in the river is clean and there are fish (not stocked but natural), so we could actually make full-day trips for students and our members to go out to the countryside for walks in this park, fishing, picnics, etc. along with visiting the project. Their goal is to move within two months so we are urgently putting together technical specs (which I already started to do almost a year ago when they first started thinking about moving!). The Baoshan management is very excited at the prospect of having a proper facility for their beloved animals (they reiterated that they built the last one without knowing how to do a proper facility or understanding the need for isolation, proper kennels, etc.). We are excited as this could be the prototype of the first Western-Standard private “shelter” in Shanghai. The key is that we do not allow dumping and that we follow very strict isolation protocols (we hope to build five isolation rooms!). Stay tuned, and let’s hope we can start member visits before summer! New SCAA Project/Foster/Adoption Protocols and Waiver to be Implemented As SCAA is growing so quickly, and the number of animals we support increasing daily, the new SCAA advisory board has decided to implement specific protocol guidelines that will create a history for each animal SCAA assists. Dr. James Holder is currently working on a form that will provide a thorough checklist from the moment we encounter a new animal through the time that it is adopted, covering the animal’s history, behavior patterns, initial medical assessment, pre-vet visit checklist, first and post-vet visit checklists, foster care and adoption requirements, etc. Our legal adviser Christine Hsieh is also creating a general waiver for minors and for adults that volunteer, foster or adopt. There have been absolutely no animal or medical problems that have required this step to date, however, once again, as SCAA is growing so quickly, we cannot always be 100% certain that responsible people are joining the organization and we need to protect our animals, volunteers and the organization as a whole. In the future, all volunteers will be required to sign this waiver before being allowed visit SCAA projects. Foster parents and Adopters will need to sign the waiver prior to physically accepting a SCAA animal. Join new SCAA Member/Volunteer Forum! Be sure to sign up for our new SCAA Member or Volunteer Forum which will allow everyone to post their comments/suggestions/questions, etc, plus create a history for new members and volunteers to learn about everyone’s past experiences with SCAA. Go to the SCAA website (www.scaashanghai.org) and you’ll find the link to sign up on the lower right column of the home page! Enjoy! New Mission Statement and Brochure With SCAA’s expanded growth and operation scope, the advisory board has approved the following new mission statement, and our brochure will be updated and printed again in early March (printing will be done pro bono!) for general distribution (be sure to ask for our new brochure and pass throughout your local communities!): SCAA is committed to protecting and improving the health and welfare of companion animals through education, health care, advocacy, outreach, adoption and the promotion of foster care as an alternative approach to traditional shelters. We believe it is the right of every companion animal to have a safe, healthy life in a loving home. New SCAA Developments Cat Killer: I have been contacted by many local individuals, small organizations and the Chinese Press (including an interview by Shanghai T.V. on 4 March which will be aired soon after) about foreign reaction to this woman who has posted up on the internet her killing kittens, puppies and rabbits (for fun). We have not included this link on our website as it is too disturbing for any animal lover to view. Many locals are out looking for her and hope that justice can somehow be served. SCAA has been asked to intervene but we are a small, private organization saving cats and dogs here in Shanghai. We are not an activist group (such as PETA overseas) and it could very much risk our ability to save animals if we start to try to intervene in domestic policy issues that must be changed from within…government animal welfare protection policies need to be created and implemented, the police must be educated and enforce laws, and the local grassroots must protest these barbaric practices within their own country. We also must remember not to point fingers: there is cruelty to animals and sick minds in every country on this planet. International organizations such as IFAW and WWF are indeed working with the Chinese government at the national level on these issues, but progress will not happen over night. However, between this, the FuDan University debacle (see below) and the recent killing of all dogs (over 200) in a village in Nanhui (a child was bitten by a stray dog and the local authorities could not find the dog, so all dogs in the village were shot; people had pet dogs torn out of their arms and shot on the streets), a huge storm in the Chinese Netizen community, who generally are the better educated and more influential urban dwellers, is creating a groundswell for proper animal protection legislation together with punishment for animal abusers. Where we can, we will assist (especially by providing education materials), but we must remember our manpower and resources are extremely limited and we must focus on our own mission and mandate. FuDan University Cat Rescue: We are in consultation with the head of the FuDan University Student Cat Rescue Organization to find out if we can assist in helping to save/neuter and/or adopt out the over 300 stray cats on campus. As you might know, FuDan recently received media coverage for a student who collected and then killed over 30 cats that students had themselves adopted among the stray cat population on campus. The students became suspicious when this one male student “adopted” several of their cats. When confronted, he finally admitted to torturing and killing the cats. FuDan sent him home for one year’s “rest” but did not expel him. We hear he may be trying to study in England soon and plan to contact the British embassy (although we are sure many have already). However, this does not solve the stray cat problem on FuDan’s campus and we think that SCAA might be able to offer valuable guidance and assistance to turn this into a win-win situation for both management and students. For more information on the FuDan debacle (note: the photograph attached to this article is disturbing and should not be shown to children, see: www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/ doc/200512/07/content_501351.htm Potential Shanghai Zoo Project: I met recently with Jacky Yuen, founder of the Shanghai Companion Animal Rescue Project Developing Association. At this time, the organization does not consist of more than a few young local professionals, but I believe their heart is in the right place and they are concerned about animal welfare only, not profit-making. Along with wanting our advice about the cat killer (see above), they are also very concerned with the conditions for dogs at the Shanghai Zoo. We have told him that our resources are extremely limited and that we have no official contact at the zoo, but if his organization can receive permission and cooperation from zoo officials, and he can present us with a proper project proposal, we would be very willing to assist with renovation and improving the overall welfare conditions for the zoo’s dogs. I am sure many of our members would be very willing to volunteer to improve these poor animals’ lives, but we need a tangible and feasible project proposal to consider before any agreement to assist. Shanghai Veterinary Board Meetings: One of our board members, Matthias Ma, is also general secretary to the new government registered Shanghai Veterinary Board. He and board member Dr. James Holder will be attending meetings of this new board in the coming months to see what, if anything, SCAA can do in cooperation to assist the overall animal welfare situation in Shanghai. Small Animal Protection Symposium, Guangdong, 25 March: SCAA has been invited and agreed to attend this symposium, hosted by Animals Asia Foundation, along with possibly 25 other small animal protection organizations, to discuss a number of animal welfare problems in China. Shanghai Patchwork & Knitting Guild Cooperation: Many of our SCAA members also belong to this wonderful organization which both donates knitted and patchwork products to charities throughout China. The Guild will soon be knitting dog clothing and making patchwork quilts and pillows, both to be used in our projects for the animals and to sell with proceeds donated to SCAA! We are very grateful to Sue Ferry and all her wonderful members. For more information on the guild, please see their new website www.shanghaiguild.com! Application for Overseas Organization Recognition: SCAA has recently applied for membership with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and will soon apply for Association recognition by the UK RSPCA. If accepted, this will widen SCAA’s footprint worldwide and allow us to communicate better with other organizations about animal welfare projects/news/education here in China and worldwide. Hopefully, it will also allow us to start seeking funding from overseas! Creation of SCAA By-Laws, Constitution, Marketing Presentations, etc.: In line with applying for the above organizations, and to become a more professional and sustainable animal welfare organization, the SCAA advisory board will soon be creating its first by-laws, constitution and developing new marketing presentations and advertisement materials that our own members can then use for presentations at their own fundraising events, schools, community organizations, Rotary, etc.! Website Translation into Mandarin: Within the next three months, we plan to translate the educational materials on the SCAA website into Mandarin. The largest localization company in the world, Lionsbridge, will translate the materials into Chinese pro bono. We will primarily focus on only translating the educational materials as we do not have the bi-lingual manpower to follow-up potential volunteer/adoption questions in Chinese at this time. T-Shirts for Sale! By mid-March, our SCAA “Pet Me, Love Me, Take Me Home” bilingual t-shirts will be ready for sale! They are export quality, American-sizes, longsleeved t-shirts that will be on sale for RMB 150/each (our cost is RMB 72/shirt). Our initial order is for 250 and we will happily take suggestions/recommendations for future changes once we sell out! Please come ready to buy many at our various events and like the calendars, we would be happy to let our volunteers sell t-shirts for SCAA! Upcoming SCAA Community Events: -13 March: Shanghai Expatriates Association Coffee Morning at the J.C. Mandarin: We will be selling t-shirts (we hope) and SCAA calendars! -25 March, Garden Books Flea Market: See attached JPG of the Garden Books Flea Market Ad! On every 3rd Saturday of the month, from 2-5pm, tables will be sold for RMB 100 and you can sell anything you want…we are happy to recommend our SCAA members to buy tables, and the management of the event is donating one table free to SCAA! Come and join the fun! -22 April, Earth Day Shanghai Zoo: This is a large community event to celebrate earth Day with plenty of children’s activities, climbing wall, vendors, refreshment and educational booths! The management of this event is donating a free table to SCAA to distribute brochures and sell our t-shirts and calendars. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Director Cat Brandell, 13918552425. Animal Thought for the Month: Unfortunately in line with what we might expect in this year of the dog (but we at SCAA will find a home for everyone of these pups that come our way!) THE CHRISTMAS PUP It’s a week since Christmas and I’m feeling fine. I’m tired and content with all the fun that I’ve had. Day 1 was all laughter, cuddles and play. Look here’s our new puppy they proudly say. It’s a walk to the park, new scents I’ve found. Isn’t it lovely new friends abound. It’s week 2 since Christmas and I’m feeling alright. I would like a walk and I’m lonely at night. They’re too busy to pat me and the park’s too far away. The first week I slept at the end of the bed. Now I’m sent out to the shed instead. It’s cold in the garden lonely and dark But they come out to hit me at night if I bark. It’s a month since Christmas and I’m ever so sad. I don’t think I’m naughty but they say I’m bad. They leave me alone day after day, They get mad if I start to play with cushion, slipper or chair. I’d know not to do it if someone was there. I don’t think I’d puddle on the kitchen floor if only I’d access beyond the back door. Its 2 months since Christmas and now I’m real sad, I know I’ve been naughty but really not bad. They no longer want me, they no longer care. I’m too much of a nuisance they don’t want me there. I’ve heard them discussing the mistake that they’ve made. They don’t want to hurt me but that price must be paid. I’m going to a rescue or to a place in the sky, I think I will be good there, I know I will try. And on a happier side, please see the attachment, “Something to Make You Smile”!!