Man survives attack to help injured dog

Gracie Awaiting Surgery

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 screwdriver, and robbed. They tried to take the car – but it wouldn’t start – so they fled, leaving behind a traumatised Jonno and Gracie.

What a terrible ordeal . . . who knows what was going through this little dog’s mind when her only hero was being beaten before her eyes . . . they were powerless to defend one another.

Yet, as upsetting as this story is, people like Jonno restore our faith in humanity! His kindness reminded me that saving animals is truly a team effort. And you’re part of our team, because it’s friends like you whose donations help ensure that animals receive the attention they need.

Gracie is one lucky dog. Despite everything that Jonno had been through to rescue her, the SPCA didn’t have the specialised surgical equipment needed to repair her leg. But the Panorama Veterinary Clinic and Specialist Centre did – and their Dr Gray volunteered to operate on Gracie for us.

First your support – and donations made online by clicking here  – then Jonno’s brave act, then Dr Gray’s offer and the care and love of the SPCA staff and volunteers . . . I call that an amazing team effort!

But it’s not just for Gracie . . . it applies to many other animals here at the SPCA whose lives depend on the team of people behind them: people like you.

It took three weeks of hospitalisation at the SPCA, careful attention, frequent veterinary check-ups, medicines – and a whole lot of love – to help Gracie heal after her op. And happily, Jonno and his fiancé, Kayleigh gave Gracie the home she deserved.

It’s a happy ending to a story that could have ended so differently – for both Jonno and little Gracie. Thank heavens for good Samaritans . . . thank heavens for the fighting spirit of animals … and thank heavens for your support.

Please give from your heart today by clicking here, because everything we do starts with the kindness of friends like you.

Thank you in advance, on behalf of Gracie and your A Team for Animals! v-cpicker-gra

Help the Horse Care Unit save more lives

She was only about three years old . . . with all her life still ahead of her. But she was so badly hurt . . .

When we saw her lying there in our stable . . . unable to stand because her hooves had been worn down to the sensitive soft part . . . blood from a deep wound on her back dripping steadily onto the clean sawdust bedding – we knew we would do anything we could to save her.

Lindsay, our Horse Care Unit manager, crouched there in the straw – soothing the horse with gentle words, telling her that she was safe now and we would make it all better.

Only we couldn’t save her.

That’s why we’re pushing ahead with a new Critical Care Stable at our Grassy Park premises. So that horses like Madame Marie can be saved.

Having just taken over the Atlantis and Mamre areas – where back yard racing is rife – we believe she is the first of many similar cases we’ll have to deal with in the coming months.

We need to be ready to give these poor, broken down horses every chance of recovery. That means expensive equipment like hoists and slings to lift and support horses that cannot stand on their own . . . special Glushu horseshoes that protect damaged hooves while they grow . . . and a specialised equine operating table with a pulley/sling system to move horses to and from the theatre.

With your help we can make sure more horses end up with their happy ever afters …


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 September. If you are interested in running for Team SPCA, please contact Natasha Johannes at

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 for more information.

20 April 2019: Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon – run the Two Oceans for Team SPCA and help raise funds for animals in need. If you’re not a runner, you can still get involved by supporting Team SPCA to help them reach their fundraising goal. Contact Natasha Johannes at to find out more.

4 & 5 May 2019: Bag a Bargain book sale our ever popular book sale will be held at Timour Hall Villa, Plumstead. Please keep an eye on our website and social media for the date.

5 May 2019: Woefie Wandel – get ready for another awesome tail wagging day out for the whole family (including your fur babies) at D’Aria Winery in Durbanville! Further details to be announced on our website and social media.


Animal ambulance fuelled by love



Furry patients arrive at our outreach clinic in their unorthodox transport.


Mr Bheko and his son transported their dogs in a wheelbarrow for treatment at our outreach clinic at Khanya Primary School in Phillippi.

 Thanks to the efforts of our Education Officers in his community of Samora Machel, dog owner, Mr Bheko, knew about the importance of having his pets sterilised to ensure they didn’t produce unwanted litters.

Sadly, he was unable to pay for veterinary treatment. But he knew that if he could only get the dogs to our outreach session, the SPCA would perform the operations free of charge. Despite having no transport, he improvised by using a wheelbarrow to bring the dogs to us.

We were impressed by Mr Bheko’s determination to do the right thing for his dogs; what a shining example of responsible pet ownership! After reading his story, several generous SPCA supporters donated brand new collars, leads, food, a dog bed and microchips for the faithful hounds.





Remember the ‘cage dogs’?


Pepe and Viola were rescued by our Inspector from a filthy cage, and a life of misery and neglect.

We’re delighted to share with you that both dogs have now found their forever homes, and are enjoying the freedom of a life without bars.






Win a ‘thank you’ gift for your birthday


As one of our generous donors, you’re pretty special to us. And what better time to show you this than on your special day?

Every month, we’re giving away a gift voucher to one lucky supporter whose birthday falls in that month. Enter now and stand a chance of being one of our winners. It’s completely free to all supporters over the age of 18. Simply let us know your birth date on the form enclosed, or enter on our website at:

Because every life matters

– even that of a tiny bird

Safe in the gentle hands of Inspector Connor Berning.

Not everyone would climb a 10 metre high roof to rescue a trapped bird. But this brave action is nothing more than we expect from our dedicated Inspectors.

Late last year, a concerned member of the public alerted us to a fledgling in distress in the roof at Maitland Radio Technical. Channeling his inner ‘Indiana Jones’, SPCA Inspector Connor Berning climbed ten metres up into the rafters to reach the distressed bird.
Thankfully Connor was able to free the bird, which had become entangled in some twine, and return it to its nest and its anxious parents.
Mr. Fritz from the SAPS extended his thanks to our team for their work saying, “You put your life in danger to save a bird. You showed no fear to and you impressed my colleagues who are qualified Mast Climbers.”


Goat escapes grisly end

Hilda the goat was apparently destined for sacrifice – but somehow escaped with her life.

We’re not quite sure how a goat ended up on Camps Bay beach with a knife sticking out of her back. Trainee Inspector Owen Abrahams, who responded to the call, took one look at the injured goat and decided to bring her straight back to our animal hospital as she was, rather than attempting to remove the deeply embedded knife himself.
Our vet successfully removed the knife, a wooden handled dagger with red cloth tied around it, and what appeared to be hair knotted into the fabric. We believe Hilda (as we named the goat) was the intended victim of a ritual sacrifice – but how she escaped her fate we’ll never know.
After spending some time recovering in our farmyard, Hilda was adopted by the Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary and appears to be none the worse for her ordeal.
After her brush with death, Hilda the goat was adopted by the Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary and is now living the most wonderful life.

Changes in the lives of farm animals

According to our CEO, Moyo Ndukwana, the SPCA’s Compassion in Farming programme is already having an impact on the health and welfare of livestock raised by small scale farmers in the Blue Downs area.


Emerging farmer, Minta Claude, is a shining example of someone who has learned to treat his livestock with understanding, compassion and respect – and has put this learning to immediate use.

With the help of some donated roofing materials, he has begun upgrading the shelters where he keeps his pigs. Now they will have protection from the sun and rain. Before attending our Compassion in Farming project, in partnership with German based non-profit, Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V. (WTG), Minta hadn’t really given much thought to the pigs’ comfort and welfare.

Spearheaded by our dedicated Education Officer, Thembi Nomkala, who specializes in the care of farm animals and works hands-on with farmers to help them implement positive changes to animal husbandry and health, the programme rolled out during September last year. Thembi visited 12 farms to assess the condition of livestock and encourage small farmers to make improvements where possible.

He was particularly impressed to find one of ‘his’ farmers, Mr Pedro, has been passing on his new-found knowledge to his neighbours, showing them how to improve their livestock shelters and drainage, feeding, parasite control, transportation and vaccinations. It all adds up to healthier, better cared for pigs, sheep, goats and cattle.

The cherry on the top was having our SPCA Education Team once again invited to display at the annual Agri-Expo Livestock in October. “When the organisers found out about our Compassion in Farming project,” explained Moyo, “they invited all our graduate farmers to attend free of charge, giving them the opportunity to experience a world class showcase of the South African livestock and dairy industries, and to network with experienced farmers who may be willing to help them improve further.”


Message from the CEO



I’m thrilled to share with you that our SPCA has seen an encouraging increase in adoptions – thanks to a new, more focused approach to marketing and further personalising the adoption experience. This means so many more dogs, cats, horses and other animals are getting a second chance of a happy ever after home!

I’m sure you’ll also be as happy as I am that improvements to our humane education efforts are paying off. Read more about our Compassion in Farming project below, and I’ll be sharing exciting changes to our Ani-Pals programme in our next newsletter.

I’ve also increased our mobile clinic services from 4 to 6 days a week, which means we’ll be reaching more animals in poor communities.

Since we assumed responsibility for animal welfare in the Atlantis and Mamre areas, our SPCA has seen an influx in the number of severely neglected and ill-treated horses admitted to our facilities. These animals need specialised intensive care, which has left me with no choice but to go ahead with the construction of a special critical care stable, with a full size equine operating table and a hoist and sling for lifting injured horses.

None of this comes cheap. But if people like you feel as passionately and committed as I am to saving horses whose lives hang in the balance – I believe you’ll rally round to help.

Thank you for being our partner in putting an end to animal cruelty, I sincerely appreciate your support.


Thank you sincerely,



Chief Executive Officer

Highlights of 2018

  • May: Capetonians on social media were shocked and outraged after a video showing two men viciously stabbing a dog to death in Khayelitsha went viral. Although extreme violence has become a way of life in South Africa, our CEO, Moyo Ndukwana, is adamant that acts like this cannot be allowed to go unpunished. After identifying one of the men in the video, we laid charges of animal cruelty. Inspector Siviwe Noko continues to pursue justice for the dog, Benji.
  • June: Comrades runners, Greg Korck and Liam Gannon raised over R72 000 for our SPCA, enabling us to deliver primary veterinary care to about 4 000 animals in the poorer communities around Cape Town.
  • July: Este the husky found her forever home – after suffering one of the worst cases of neglect and starvation, and spending weeks in our kennels being nursed back to health.
  • July: 1 450 pets were sterilised by the Cape of Good Hope SPCA in partnership with other animal welfare groups during the Wallacedene Mass Animal Sterilisation Project funded by the City of Cape Town and the Wallacedene community.
  • August: Following a heartfelt appeal for help from CEO Moyo Ndukwana, 13 rainwater tanks and a new borehole were installed at our Grassy Park premises – to ensure that no animal in our care suffers the effects of drought.