Author page: Tara McGovern

We give them (back their) wings!

Recently our wildlife team treated an unusual patient – a kestrel covered in thick black grease, which prevented it from flying. Kestrels are small birds of prey, which depend on flight to hunt for food and escape other predators. If they can’t fly, they will die. So when Tygerberg nature reserve guides brought the bird to us, we knew we…

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Kids who care

As an animal lover, you’ll find it heartwarming to meet our future generation of compassionate and caring young supporters. James Le Feuvre decided that instead of birthday gifts this year, he would ask for donations to the SPCA. He raised R600 for the animals in our care. Happy Birthday James, and ‘thank you’ – you are a most generous young…

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Never give up hope

267 days of hoping – that’s how long Ned waited at our SPCA before he found his happy ever after home. Ned came to us as a stray in poor condition. Our vets had concerns about the pigmentation on his nose, but a specialised biopsy confirmed there was no cancer present. He just needed daily sunscreen to protect his nose…

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Message from the CEO

What does it take to ‘speak for animals’? As you probably know, I spent 10 years as an SPCA Inspector before assuming the role of CEO of the CoGH SPCA. There was never anything else I wanted to do. From early childhood, I had an abiding love for animals; I could never understand people who ill-treat them. Although the job…

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Furry fire victim restored to health

Eight lives left – Bakkies the cat is the latest burn victim to be nursed back to health at our Animal Hospital. Bakkies’ distraught owner lost everything when her house burned down recently. But she was determined to save her precious cat, whose paws were badly burned in the fire. She brought him to our SPCA and begged us to…

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Man survives attack to help injured dog

It’s the kind of story that gets our blood boiling . . . a good Samaritan robbed and attacked while helping someone in distress. That’s what happened to Jonno when he stopped to help a dog lying on the side of a road in Phillipi. Seconds later, Jonno was assaulted by the same men, threatened with a gun and large…

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Cape Town Marathon

  Well done to our Top Dogs and Worsie, who finished the Cape Town marathon in a time of 5:57:50 – a new Guinness World Record! Supporters turned out en masse to cheer the runners on in near perfect weather conditions. Entries for this year’s marathon open on 1 February, and the race itself takes place on 14 and 15…

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Diary Dates

      10 March 2019: Cape Town Cycle Tour – if you are looking for a reason to enter the 2019 cycle tour, why not look to the thousands of animals who suffer cruelty at the hands of humans . . . and ride for Team SPCA! Contact Natasha Johannes at awareness@spca-ct.co.za for more information. 20 April 2019: Old…

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