Hairy Maclary needs surgery!

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SPCA Taupo are urgently trying to raise funds to pay for Hairy Maclary's surgery to repair his badly damaged leg.


Meet Hairy Maclary

Hairy Maclary was brought into the SPCA Taupo by our inspectors, with a damaged hind leg.

It was discovered that Hairy Maclary had been hit by a car some months prior but sadly he had never received any veterinary treatment for this injury.

The SPCA Taupo team took Hairy Maclary to the vet to be looked over and have some x-rays.

The x-rays revealed that Hairys's hip had been dislocated and because of the time left without treatment, it was now impossible to reduce the dislocation.

Hairy Maclary now needs an orthopaedic repair operation to help him. We are all hoping we will be able to save his leg using a procedure called a femoral head ostectomy (FHO). An FHO is a surgical procedure that aims to restore pain-free mobility to a diseased or damaged hip, by removing the head and neck of the femur (the long leg bone or thighbone).

If when our vet team open up the joint and discover the damage done from being left untreated is too extreme, an FHO procedure wont be possible and they will need to opt for an amputation in order to relieve Hairy from ongoing discomfort and lameness.

Hairy Maclary is a shining star. He deserves a second chance with a forever family who will show him what love and care feels like and the SPCA Taupo team are keen to do everything they can to find that for him.

SPCA Taupo are urgently trying to raise funds to pay for Hairy Maclary's operation. Please help us by making a donation to Hairy's fund and share his cause far and wide.

Hairy has a long journey ahead of him to repair and rehabilitate. You can stay up to date with his progress via SPCA Taupo's Facebook page:

About us

The SPCA (Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is the largest animal welfare charity in New Zealand and the only charity with the power to prosecute in cases of animal cruelty, abandonment and mistreatment.

As a charity, we receive less than 1% of our funding from the government - and this funding is for rural cases only (involving animals on farms). As such, we rely almost entirely on the generosity of the public to carry out our life-saving work.

In November 2017, SPCA centres around the country unified to become a single entity. The key reasons for this change were to better provide a consistently high standard of care and service for the animals, no matter where they are, and to ensure that all SPCA centres are supported through the sharing of resources and skills.

Funds raised in communities fund the work of local centres and also support other SPCA centres that struggle to resource the areas they cover.

Use of funds

Funds will be used to pay for Hairy's life-changing surgery. Surplus funds will go towards helping other injured, sick and abused animals at SPCA.

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