New MSPCA appointments to board

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THE Manx Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has appointed two new members to its board.

The society hopes the new additions, voted in by members of the current board at the annual meeting help modernise the charity.

Chairman Bill Cubbon told members: ‘As with so many charities worldwide, we are trying to attract supporters who can help to keep us up to date with modern technology.

‘Young people now use Facebook and Twitter as quick and effective methods of communication and we at the MSPCA want to be able to keep up with these developments which are a little more difficult for those of us who have not grown up with computer technology. !’

Gemma Harland is one of the new appointments. She is a qualified veterinary nurse and has worked at veterinary practices on the island, primarily dealing with animal physiotherapy and dentistry. She now works at Noble’s Hospital while running her own business, caring for animals in their own homes, as well as continuing her studies to update her qualifications.

The second new board member is Joy Rawden, who first went to the MSPCA as a volunteer four years ago.

Over those years she has spent most of her weekends and holidays helping ‘socialise’ the cats and exercise the dogs. Away from working with animals Joy works as an accountant.

Joy, the owner of five cats all adopted from the MSPCA, is also a keen runner and has found the volunteer work a good way of motivating herself to continue outdoors running – helping exercise the dogs at the MSPCA in the process!

On average 1,600 animals a year are treated in the sanctuary at Ard Jerkyll, East Foxdale. The MSPCA protects and treats of injured animals and where possible finding homes for them when they are restored to health.

The society also tries to promote public awareness of responsible pet ownership, and are actively involved in pursuing prosecutions for neglect and cruelty to animals.

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