The TSPCA is one of the oldest animal welfare charities in the country. First established almost 200 years ago, Conor Hickey decided in the early 1980s that he would continue the work, protecting neglected and abandonded animals.
Forty years’ later and Conor’s son Mark, is facing the realisation that the TSPCA may be forced to stop helping the increasing numbers of animals that are being abused, mistreated and neglected in this county.
The TSPCA is one of many animal welfare charities in Tipperary that do amazing work, but ‘it is almost on the verge of being impossible’ for the TSPCA to continue, according to Mark, who feels drained and frustrated by his experiences.
The TSPCA receives an annual grant of €10,000 from the Department of Agriculture. While it sounds like a lot, that sum is almost gone before they receive it, with outstanding veterinary bills and an increasing food tab.
The future of the TSPCA is dependent on two flag days that are taking place around Clonmel on August 30 & 31 and Mark is hoping people will support in whatever small way they can “This is make or break really,” said Mark.
“If we get a small amount we could be gone in a week or two, if we bring a lot in, we could keep on going for a while,” he said.
“But we know we are not unique, there are so many charities, all as deserving,” said Mark.
He said that he would be devastated if the TSPCA does come to an end, but admitted that the nature of the work is taking its toll. “It is not all bad, but they are the ones that stick in your mind, and you get frustrated, wondering why this is happening,” said Mark.
If you would like to volunteer on the flag days, or if you are looking for a new pet, call Mark on 086 0609288.