Gozo SPCA 40th Anniversary Newsletter – here
Gozo SPCA celebrates 40 years of caring for animals
It is 40 years this year since Gozo SPCA was founded by a British resident Jane Sedgfield. She was concerned by the number of stray cats and dogs in Gozo and also at the difficulties of finding veterinary care for companion animals. The results of her initiative and the work of many others who have followed in her footsteps can be seen all around us today in greatly reduced numbers of stray dogs and feral cats.
To mark this anniversary Gozo SPCA is holding an exhibition at the Ministry for Gozo Exhibition Hall, St Francis Square, Victoria, from Wednesday 27th April to Tuesday 3rd May. The exhibition will be officially opened by the Minister for Gozo, Dr Anton Refalo on Wednesday 27th April at 2.00 pm and on Saturday 30th April Her Excellency, The President of Malta, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, will visit the exhibition.
The exhibition will feature work by Gozitan school children as well as illustrating the work done by Gozo SPCA over the last 40 years.
Gozo SPCA would like to thank the following organisations for sponsoring the event :
Borg Cardona (Royal Canin),
Vini e Capricci (Abrahams),
Lord Chambray brewery.
Also Sir MA Refalo Sixth form for help with printing of the exhibition poster.
The exhibition will be open from 09.00 – 16.30 each day apart from the last day Tuesday 3rd May when it will close at 13.00.
Gozo SPCA Anniversary Edition newsletter out now
If anyone is willing to help “man” the exhibition, please message us. Just looking for people to caretake for a few hours
The law in Malta is that:-
“any person who has a dog under his control in any street shall at all times carry with him a dog bag”
this means you must have an empty doggy waste bag on you, even at the end of a walk, and people have been fined by wardens for not having a bag after they used the bag or bags earlier in the walk.
1. Any dog four months or older must be chipped
2. Any dog in a public place must wear an ID tag with a minimum of a contact number of the owner or keeper
3. The owner of a dog is the person who the dog is registered under with the chip registrar – if your dog isnt chipped and somebody else chips it in their name, they are the owner.
4. its illegal to sell puppies under 8 weeks old, and from 2/4/2014 illegal to sell any dog without a licence
5. Its illegal to take a dog on a sandy beach, or in a designated swimming zone whilst the zonal markings are displayed (eg bouys)
6. If your dog was microchipped overseas you need to re-register the chip on the Malta database. Otherwise your contact details will not be found. By law this must be done within 90 days from date of entry into Malta, but why wait ?
Gozo SPCA now has SMS donation numbers
At the moment they are set up for Vodafone and Go. To send us a donation, please send an SMS to one of the following numbers – your account will be debited with the amount listed
€1.16 – 50616116
€2.33 – 50617375
€4.66 – 50618061
€6.99 – 50618904
€11.65 – 50619204
Leptospirosis, and vaccinating your dog – we have heard of several cases recently of dogs dying from leptospirosis, a disease commonly transmitted via rat urine. Its very important that dogs are given their annual booster vaccinations to provide protection. If you have rehomed a dog from Gozo SPCA and aren’t sure when the booster vaccination is due, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Microchipping and ID tagging of dogs is now a legal requirement. Dogs Trust Malta are offering two schemes to dog owners who are on benefits, farmers, hunters and factory dogs (1) til end of June, free microchipping (2) an ongoing free microchipping, neutering and vaccination please call Dogs Trust on 21421500 or 777 111 00 ID tags are available from Gozo SPCA for €3.50 including postage within Malta.
Press Release Gozo SPCA 20th April 2012
During the Annual General Meeting of Gozo SPCA, held at the Gozo NGO Centre on 16th April, the members present agreed with the Committee’s recommendation that it will no longer be searching for a site for a new Centre and will concentrate its efforts on upgrading the current Centre in Victoria to comply with the new Animal Welfare Act regulations applying to sanctuaries and shelters.
The Society has tried for over 20 years to relocate to new premises, coming close on several occasions but always without success.
Recently a new site was chosen and jointly agreed on by Gozo SPCA, the Gozo Ministry and the Lands Dept. However, following months of intensive preparations for the Alternative Site Assessment Report, the Society has been informed by MEPA that a Planning Application to build an animal shelter on that site would almost certainly be refused.
This decision was a body blow to the dedicated volunteers, most of who are well beyond retirement age. The damage to morale amongst the volunteers has been so great that it was decided to give up the battle to find yet another site when obstacles are met at every turn.
The Gozo SPCA says that this will mean a great reduction in the number of dogs held, from as many as 25, to about 6 (the exact number will depend on an architect’s report). There will have to be proper facilities, including isolation/quarantine zones, which do not exist at the present time.
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PRO Gozo SPCA (until 30th April 2012, then retiring)
Official swimming zones in Gozo – where you can’t let a dog swim
Xatt l-Ahmar, from the concrete patch opposite the boathouses
Mgarr ix-Xini Bay, from slipway in front of bar
Mgarr ix-Xini, private beach
Kantra Bay, from point facing it-Torri tax-Xlendi
Promenade, from point in front of Ghar ta’ Karolina
Point in front of Churchill Bar
Outermost point of jetty
Main Slipway inside the Inland Sea
Xwejni Bay, from slipway in front of boathouse on the right hand side of the Bay.
Qbajjar Bay, Slipway on the left hand side of the Bay
Springboard from the ladder
Paletta, from the concrete platform
Ghar Qawqla, from the left hand side of the Bay
Ramla, the first rocky outcrop on the Xaghra Side
Ramla, the rocky outcrop below the country lane on the Nadur side
San Blas, from in front of the Rocky outcrop below the passage way
Dahlet Qorrot, from the ladder on the concrete patch in front of the boathouses.
Hondoq ir-Rummien, from concrete platform to the left of the Bay
Zewwieqa Bay, from jetty overlooking the Bay