The fund-raising efforts of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have been hit by the global financial crisis and it says it must become more creative if its work is not to suffer. SPCA executive director Sandy Macalister said the society had received 25.5 per cent less money from its Christmas and Lunar New Year fund-raising drives than in the previous year. Meanwhile, animal-adoption rates had risen slightly during the financial crisis, partially offsetting an increase in abandonment due to the tougher times, the SPCA said. While it was too early to predict how its efforts might be affected in the coming year, Mr Macalister was keeping his fingers crossed that there would be no further declines. Total income from fund-raising in 2008 was HK$7.1 million, with a further HK$3.4 million coming from donations. Most of the society's revenue comes from its commercial activities, such as veterinary services, homing programmes and training courses for pet owners. It also receives about 5 per cent funding support from the government. Welfare services cost the group HK$40 million to HK$50 million, consuming the bulk of the society's budget, according to deputy director Michael Wong Ho-ming. But Mr Macalister said the organisation would not cut welfare work. 'We are trimming costs ... We haven't cut staff, just not recruiting. We still need people to carry out the services.' He said most of the work now fell to volunteers. The SPCA's main fund-raiser, the annual 'Wag N' Walk', will be held on March 1. This year it has been moved to the Disneyland resort in an effort to increase its profile. Mr Macalister said: 'Last year's walk raised HK$500,000. We're hoping to do over HK$800,000 this year because of such an incredible venue and fantastic walk.' Owners and their pets will be able to complete a marathon together, with games and snack stops along the way. An entrance fee of HK$380 is charged for each participating dog.