Hero – the dog that suffered third degree burns after boiling oil was thrown over him – made an incredible recovery, thanks to the dedication of our vets and support from friends like you.
With our resources stretched to the limit – and our Inspectors, vets and adoption centre staff working flat out throughout the holidays – your support was a real blessing.
No fewer than 960 lost, abandoned, injured, neglected and unwanted animals found sanctuary at our SPCA over the Christmas holidays. As usual, staff worked throughout the holidays to ensure no animal suffered pain, fear or hunger.
But whilst theirs were the hands that stroked and calmed, dished out food, or treated injuries – we couldn’t have done it without your support.
Your contributions ensured that the food never ran out . . . and that there were cosy blankets and straw bedding in every kennel, cage and stable. When our vets reached for antibiotics, sutures, salve and bandages, friends like you kept the shelves stocked. And when our Inspectors responded to emergency call outs, they never had to worry about running out of fuel.
Thank you for joining forces with your SPCA these holidays, to rescue and protect animals from harm. Your support really does make all the difference!
We dream of the day when the SPCA can close their doors for good because that would mean that only responsible individuals own animals, that all companion animals are sterilised and can’t breed indiscriminately, that everyone has adopted a pet as opposed to supporting a breeder and that there have been enough good homes to go around, that all puppy mills have been shut down, that all our efforts to educate, to influence animal welfare policy and all our mass animal sterilisation campaigns have paid off.
We dream of that day, but until it becomes a reality the Cape of Good Hope SPCA will continue to be there for every animal that needs us, and we will continue to act with compassion and shoulder the full responsibility for every animal admitted into our care.
We are often publically criticised for our euthanasia policy and we have been labelled unfairly as a “kill shelter” when what we really are is a pro-quality of life facility. A facility that won’t shy away from the responsibility of the decisions that must be made in the best interest of an animal’s welfare – even when those decisions are heart breaking for us.
We never turn any animal away and we never have the luxury of being able to say “we’re full”. Our admissions policy is non-discriminatory and accepting of all animals in need, even those too sick, old or aggressive to find homes. We don’t charge “surrender fees,” we don’t have long waiting lists and we don’t limit our intake hours. We do this because we know what happens to the animals who are turned away and it is a much worse fate than compassionate euthanasia. They are dumped along the side of the road – left at the mercy of others, left to starve slowly, left to breed indiscriminately, left to be run over by cars or their lives are cruelly ended by their owners themselves.
For many individuals “Pro-life” sounds good and feels good but we choose to do what is right. Animals are recognised by the SPCA as sentient beings, our policies are founded on the 5 animal freedoms that are embraced internationally and accepted by reputable animal welfare bodies. In recognising sentience, one cannot ignore the psychological suffering experienced by companion animals living out their lives in confinement. Kennel stress manifests physically but it is a result of psychological stressors and it is unavoidable. As the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals we will not allow suffering, we will always do right by an animal that has no quality of life even if humane euthanasia is all we can offer.
“Pro-life” sounds good, it feels good but it is disingenuous. The choice between what is good and what is right is the hardest choice of all. It’s paid for with pain and heartache and tears and rewarded with healthy, well-adjusted animals of even temperament who bring joy to the families that they share their lives with. We have a dream ……… until then we will always do what’s right, no matter how hard it is.
As the leading proponent for animal welfare and the society for the prevention of cruelty towards animals in South Africa, the SPCA enforces and upholds the current legislation that demands all animals are to be treated humanely and receive the necessary care required to prevent undue suffering and cruelty. The SPCA does not stand opposed to working animals subject to welfare standards being met.
Despite the fact that working animals provide such valuable services, they are not always cared for in an acceptable manner. For working animals, particularly in the film and security industries, it is of vital importance that their health and welfare is strictly monitored and legislation adhered to at all times. These laws will extend to all animals, both wild and domesticated (including birds and reptiles), that are held in captivity and fall under human control.
Working animals have been the focus of a major amendment to the Performing Animals Protection Act [Act 24 of 1935] (PAPA) which was implemented in July 2018- now called the Performing Animals Protection Amendment Act 4/2016. As it stands the licencing of performing animals is now the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and no longer falls under the Department of Justice. Government has attested its commitment to animal welfare within the related industries including: filming, educational, awareness exhibitions, entertainment, petting and security.
Animal welfare monitoring can now be included as part of PAPA licensing conditions. This responsibility has since been delegated to provincial state veterinarians (SV) who may issue PAPA licences. The licencing approval process will now include a veterinary procedural notice which will form the basis for a licence approval inspection including the following checks: animal health; feed and water; shelter; water points; storage and waste disposal; veterinary checks bi-annually; associated records and registers; animal training methods; transportation and the monitoring of animals being used in the filming industry. Training of working animals should be undertaken in a recognised humane manner without using physical violence or force to achieve results. Furthermore any equipment used on the animals should be purpose designed, free of any harmful features, well fitted and maintained and allow the animal to perform comfortably to their full potential.
It is an offence in terms of PAPA to use any animal without a PAPA licence – this includes the person in control of the animal as well as the person(s) who enlisted the services of the animal. Non-compliance can result in an on the spot fine. The PAPA authorises that the licence must be presented to a police office or an animal welfare inspector authorised as a police officer in terms of Section 8 of the Animal Protection Act 71 of 1962 on request. The PAPA authorises any police officer the right to enter and inspect any place with performing animals.
The annual religious celebration of Eid-ul-adha (Eid of Sacrifice) is soon to be observed by the local Muslim community, with Qurbani commencing from the 22nd of August 2018 (depending on phase of the moon). The Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA calls on those planning to slaughter sheep, goats or cattle to follow these strict guidelines to ensure that the animals do not suffer unnecessarily.
According to the Animals Protection Act (No.71 of 1962):
All animals must be confined in such a manner that allows them adequate space, ventilation, shelter, food and water;
No animal should be picked up by its fleece, dragged, hit, chased or prodded;
Animals should be restrained humanely while being transported and when being slaughtered;
No animal should be tied by its legs with bailing twine and crammed into the back of car boots or laid on their sides in the back of bakkies;
When due to be slaughtered, animals should be laid on their sides and not on their backs to avoid distress. Animals should also not be forced to stand or kneel during slaughter;
Knives used for the slaughter must also remain extremely sharp so that the slaughtering remains as humane as possible;
Only experienced people should perform the slaughtering. Inexperienced, lay persons who attempt to perform the slaughters often cause horrific trauma and pain to the animal.
Proving that she’s equally beautiful inside and out, Miss South Africa, Dr Adè van Heerden, recently visited our SPCA where she dished out loads of love and cuddles to dogs, cats and horses waiting to be adopted.
An avid animal lover Adè was visibly moved by the experience. “To see such beautiful animals discarded and neglected is absolutely heart breaking,” she said. “Each life has meaning and these animals deserve to be valued and treated with the utmost kindness.”
Thank you Adè for helping to give our orphans a voice. If you are considering getting a family pet, please contact Adoptions on 021 700 4152 and make a difference to a rescue animal.
The draw takes place on the 1st of every month and winners will be notified by telephone or email.
Terms and Conditions
The promoter is: Cape of Good Hope SPCA (003-244 NPO / PBO930004317) whose registered office is at Cnr 1st Avenue and 1st Road, Grassy Park, Cape Town, South Africa.
The competition is open to donors of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA aged 18 years or over who are residents of Cape Town – except employees of Cape of Good Hope SPCA and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.
There is no entry fee and no donation or purchase necessary to enter this competition.
Lucky draw prizes and values will vary.
By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
Thank you to all those who have supported our efforts to stamp out organised dog fighting. Your contributions help create awareness, fund rescue operations, and ensure that those engaged in this barbaric ‘sport’ are brought to book.
In just over one month, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA has been made aware of no fewer than four cases of dog fighting, three of which were captured on video. Suspects have been identified and cases opened with the SAPS in Bishop Lavis, Ocean View and Manenberg.
We are extremely grateful to community members who are brave enough to step forward and report crimes against animals, as well as to members of the SAPS who provide us with invaluable assistance.
In one case, we were able to remove two dogs from their owners’ custody and bring them to our SPCA for safekeeping pending further investigation. We hope to report on successful prosecutions in all four cases in due course!
Max and his owner, Nadia, live on the streets and share a very special bond. Despite their unusual lifestyle, Max is in very good condition; in fact, Nadia is known to go without food herself if she only has enough for one.
So you can imagine her distress when she woke up one morning to find her best friend in obvious pain and barely able to walk. She had absolutely no means to help him, but fortunately a friend of hers had heard about the SPCA and reached out to us to see if we could help.
A veterinary examination revealed that a pin from a previous surgery on Max’s leg had migrated. The dog needed urgent surgery to remove the pin and alleviate his pain. This was successfully done at our Animal Clinic and a few days later, Max was well enough to go ‘home’ to Nadia, who he was clearly missing.
Without support from friends like you, we would not be able to offer this important service to animals belonging to indigent people. And their lives would be a lot emptier without the companionship of their faithful four legged friends.
Horses, cows and sheep starve as wells dry up, fodder prices sky rocket, and fields of natural grazing turn into barren dust bowls.
After three dry years, and months of severe water restrictions, there’s not one person in Cape Town who has not been inconvenienced by the lack of water.
But whilst we may find water restrictions inconvenient, they are hardly life-threatening. The same cannot be said for animals. The water quota set aside for agriculture is 60 percent lower than normal. Once farmers hit their limit, they are cut off, leaving crops to wither in the ground and livestock to suffer.
As a result, we’re finding more horses, cows and other farm animals being left to fend for themselves as best they can. Horse Care Unit Manager, Lindsay, came across a chestnut stallion recently that was clearly a victim of the drought.
Lindsay was responding to a call and took a wrong turn that brought her accidentally face to face with ‘Diamond’. He was little more than skin and bone and had clearly not had a good meal or a drink of clean water in months. He had untreated wounds on his back and a broken leg that had mended on its own.
After a quick once over by our vet, Diamond was led into a warm stable and given an oat hay buffet with an extra-large serving of fresh water. The horse’s road to recovery will be a long one, but Diamond is lucky; we found him in time.
Wondering how many more we will have to care for over the coming months is keeping us awake at night. We are going to need piles of oat hay, lucerne and supplements, and following the drought the cost of horse feed has sky-rocketed – meaning many horse owners simply can’t afford to feed their horses.
What does it take to save a horse like Diamond?
Oat hay: R80 per bale
Horse cubes: R300
Farrier: Anything from R370 for a trim to R1 000 for a full set of shoes
Ever wondered what it’s like behind the scenes at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA?
Every year we hold a special ‘open day’ at our SPCA, where invited guests can see exactly how a gift in their Will can greatly impact the lives of animals.
Through inspiring talks by staff members and a behind the scenes tour of our facilities, guests walk away with a whole new understanding of the challenges and rewards of the work we do. “It was wonderful learning about what you are doing, and witnessing how well the animals are treated,” one said.
If you want to see first-hand how your legacy can help prevent cruelty to animals and rescue those in need, please contact Joette on 021 700 4150 or email email@example.com. We’d love to be able to invite you to this unforgettable SPCA experience.
2018 heralds a new chapter in the history of our SPCA, as Inspector Moyo Ndukwana takes over as CEO from Allan Perrins.
Over the years, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA has been blessed with strong leadership – and we have the greatest faith in newly appointed CEO Mqabuko Moyo Ndukwana’s ability to further cement our organisation’s reputation as the leading proponent for animal welfare.
Moyo has been with our SPCA for 12 years and has proved himself to be a man of integrity, and a passionate and tireless worker for the cause of animal welfare. His new role is only fitting for a man who has dedicated his life to upholding the rights of animals, and changing attitudes towards the treatment of all living creatures.
From early childhood, Moyo has always loved animals and knew that he would dedicate his life to alleviating their suffering, preventing cruelty and promoting kindness and compassion towards all animals.
“I can’t understand how people can ill treat them,” he says.
On his appointment Ndukwana commented, “It is with great humility and appreciation that I accepted the appointment from the Board as the new CEO of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. It is a sense of honour and ultimate trust that the Board has vested this responsibility in me and I will strive my level best to ensure that the Cape of Good Hope SPCA excels in all aspects of animal welfare under my custodianship. I am confident of such success through the collective wisdom of the Board and the Management Team, who are all dedicated to the cause of animal welfare and all want to see the organisation thrive.”
We know you will join us in wishing Moyo all the very best, and give him your wholehearted support as he strives to create a kinder world for all animals.
Life can change in the blink of an eye, it’s said. And though it took a little longer than that for the dreadful wound round Chico’s neck to heal, his life has changed beyond recognition. Within a few weeks he went from a neglected, miserable dog, living at the end of a chain, to a beloved and spoilt family pet!
When Inspector Jeffrey found Chico in Seawinds, this young dog had a padlocked chain around his neck that had dug deep into the flesh. Goodness knows how long he had been tied up there – but it’s safe to say he hadn’t known much kindness in his short life.
Here at the SPCA, his injury was treated and he was encouraged to play and interact with staff and volunteers. It wasn’t long before his joyful nature revealed itself; he seemed to have forgotten his early experience of humans and was more than happy to love us.
Chico soon caught the eye of prospective new owners and we were delighted when the home check was passed and this brave and happy chap went home with his new family. We know he will bring his new owners much joy, laughter and love in return for the home he so truly deserves.