In his visit to the new site for the non-government organisation Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) at Sungei Tengah, Minister K Shanmugam said that the SPCA has done “tremendous work” and he hopes that people would come forward to donate the SPCA’s new site. The new SPCA site is 7,766 square metres big, slightly smaller than a standard football field, and costs at least S$7 million. The animals protection group is still short of S$1.7 million and is raising the amount through public donations including a gala dinner.

Photo of K Shanmugam from Kenneth Lim CNA
Photo of K Shanmugam from Kenneth Lim CNA

The new site will have bigger medical facilities for animals with more treatment and surgery rooms. The SPCA is currently more than 137 years old dating back to colonial times in Singapore, a look-up on its financial disclosure shows that SPCA is not funded by the Singapore Government.

It is unknown if Minister K Shanmugam, the Singapore government or the government-linked companies will contribute to the animals protection group and by how much considering S$1.7 million is relatively a paltry sum dwarfed by a S$20 million yearly financial aid in free scholarships for foreign students.