Professional care by well-educated and trained veterinarians is a cornerstone of SCAA's animal-rescue and re-homing work. SCAA provides international-standard veterinary care to all our animals and adoptive parents are requested to continue doing so; providing the best care available and raising awareness in the pet-owning community of the availability of this care in Shanghai is an important part of our mission.
SCAA is grateful for the support of our vet partner - Pets are Wonderful Veterinary Clinic (PAW). Dr. James Holder, BVSc. MRCVS, and his team of veterinarians from Australia, The U.S. and China provide the highest standard medical care for all SCAA foster animals.
Since 2005, PAW has generously provided SCAA with discounted care for each foster cat or dog. Dr. Holder is also an SCAA adviser and as Medical Director, his responsibilities include helping SCAA set and maintain the highest medical care standards in the best interest of our animals. This, in turn, serves the best interests of our volunteer foster parents and adopters.
Choosing an exclusive vet partner to prepare our foster animals for adoption provides our animals with consistency in care. This consistency, under the guidance of a Western-trained and experienced veterinarian and member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (U.K.) is one reason SCAA is the only animal welfare organization in China to gain Association status with RSPCA International.
SCAA is pleased to refer pet owners to:
PAW Puxi (Changning):
No. 15, 722 Xin Hua Lu
(near Kaixuan lu)
After Hours Emergency: 13816685486
PAW Pudong (Jin Qiao):
Lane 1755, No.1-11 Donglu lu
(near Jin Gao lu)
International-standard vet care means care provided or supervised by a veterinarian with a Western university veterinary science degree and membership (in good standing) in an established veterinary medical association/college. At a minimum, the vet caring for your adopted animal should have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc.) or equivalent Western degree.
Local (PRC) vet training and licensing standards lag behind those in Western countries. Veterinary standards are improving, but change is slow. Local vet clinics do not have legal access to the pain medication and humane euthanasia drugs pet owners from Western countries can take for granted and many local clinics are more profit-oriented than welfare-minded. This is a common issue in developing countries and Mainland China is no exception.
SCAA's veterinary care / clinic recommendations are based on (i) education and training of medical staff, (ii) the use of/access to safe, imported medicine, and (iii) business practices that prioritize the welfare of animals over profits generated by painful, dangerous and unnecessary cosmetic procedures.
We do not recommend vet clinics based purely on location or price and we do not recommend clinics that profit from selling animals, most of which are sick and all of whom come from puppy and kitten mills.