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

Twelve reasons not to miss the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN

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Hit the New Year running in preparation for the second annual FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN that will take the city by storm on Sunday, 15 May 2016.

According to Sue Ullyett, event manager for the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, the event is all about having as much fun as possible before, during and after the run.  “Starting at Woodbridge Island in Milnerton, the route hugs the coastline, through the harbour and continues up Adderley Street through the heart of the Mother City, before finishing in Bree Street outside the FNB offices at Portside.  The vibe, fresh sea breeze, on route activations and finish line celebrations make for an exciting experience that will leave runners wanting more.  Runners, walkers, family and friends absolutely have to be part of this iconic event.”

12 reasons to enter the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN:

  1. It’s a fun event that offers you a unique experience of a point-to-point 12km route with a convenient MyCiti bus trip to the start at Woodbridge Island in Milnerton, passing historic city landmarks and finishing outside Portside.
  1. Get your PUMA event T-shirt for free if you are one of the first 3 000 FNB clients to enter online and pay using your FNB credit or debit card.
  1. Come and join us for a fun, party, fancy dress vibe and enjoy on route entertainment from bands, DJs and various artists at the 24 encouragement points along the route.
  1. It’s a fast, flat 12km route with no cut off time and walkers are welcome.
  1. Guaranteed to run a personal best if it’s the first 12km you’ve ever run!
  1. Get a chance to run with some of the best athletes from around the world.
  1. Run with South Africa’s top athletes and interact with them and the international athletes during a Q&A session at the Registration.
  1. Run with Deon Bing and Sibongile Mafu from the KFM Breakfast Team – if they can keep up with you!
  1. It starts at the decent hour of 9am – giving you time to enjoy a coffee.
  1. It finishes downhill along vibey, interesting Bree Street that offers a look at the funky side of Cape Town, with great restaurants and interesting things on offer.
  1. Treat yourself to a luxury race experience and take advantage of the Gold Package that offers participants a premier race experience.
  1. Be a part of the funky Friday 5k runs starting and finishing from Portside at Bree Street every Friday morning at 06h30 – the perfect way to start your weekend.

The FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN was named “Race of the Year” at the Western Province Athletics Annual Awards function held at the end of 2015.

Charity SupportWhen entering online, runners can choose to support either or both of the FNB Cape Town ONERUN Charities:  The Cape Of Good Hope SPCA and Die Burger Kersfonds.

For more information on:  Die Burger Kersfonds email, Cape Of Good Hope SPCA visit, FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN visit


About the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN sponsorship:

The FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN race is sponsored by FNB Business.  The sponsorship forms part of the Bank’s ongoing strategy to support national and community events that have the potential to grow and inspire.  The FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN affirms our dedication to providing an experience that is beyond expectation, through sporting disciplines that advance our commitment to building, enduring and rewarding relationships across communities in which we operate.



ISSUED BY: Newsport Media

ON BEHALF OF: FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN a Stillwater Sports Event

For further information contact Jacky McClean on 083 291 9283 or email

Don’t burn your pet’s feet this Summer

Press release
For immediate release
3 December 2015


SPCA asks pet owners to be extra careful this Summer.jpg-001It’s the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful sunshine with your best friend, but not everything we do in Summer is fun and games for our pets. The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is cautioning pet owners to be mindful of their pets this festive season when partaking in outdoor events.

It is, hopefully, more common knowledge by now that leaving a pet locked inside a hot car, especially during the heat of Summer, is potentially life-threatening to your pet, because of the rapid rise in temperatures and the severe repercussions this can cause – such as overheating, dehydration, brain damage and even death – but perhaps lesser known is the effect a hot day has on your pets’ paws.

Many activities that grab our attention over the Summer months in the cape are events like markets, festivals, concerts etc. – many of which take place in areas where the only ground cover is asphalt/tar. Tar surfaces can, on hot Summer days, get so increasingly hot, that pets’ paws can burn. Since dogs sweat through the pads underneath their paws, having them walk on such a hot surface is contradictory to this natural cooling mechanism.

In the heat of Summer, remember to always have fresh cool water readily available and easily accessible for your pets – whether at home or out and about. Be sure to microchip your pets (with your updated details) or have them wear a collar and ID tag; and plan your outdoor/exercise activities for cooler parts of the day, such as early mornings or evenings.

So before visiting markets in and around the cape this festive season, consider your pets’ wellbeing and re-think taking them on outings where their experience is not as fun as yours.

For more information, or to report any acts of cruelty toward animals, contact the Cape of Good Hope SPCA Inspectorate on 021 700 4158/9 or after hours for emergencies on 083 326 1604.




Issued by the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. For editorial queries, contact Belinda Abraham or Moyo Ndukwana on 021 700 4154/43 respectively. Alternatively email

Fireworks are no fun for animals

Fireworks are no fun for animals

Fireworks season is almost upon us, and the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA is calling on Capetonians for a “firework free year”, following last year’s night of torture for too many animals across the Cape Metropole. Contrary to popular belief, the celebration of Guy Fawkes, albeit not a South African celebration at all, results in more than just one night of torment for animals – leading instead to weeks of suffering for many lost and injured animals.

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA has witnessed over the past few years, that the effects of Guy Fawkes and Diwali continue for weeks following the firework displays on both events, as many animals become so distressed at the level of noise, that they attempt to escape to a place of safety. These escape tactics can lead animals to scale high perimeter walls, get stuck in fences or storm-water drains, become victims of motor vehicle accidents, and end up wandering the streets for weeks, lost away from home – or if they’re lucky, end up at an animal shelter where organisations like the SPCA will try to reunite them with their families, often (sadly), to no avail.

The Animals Protection Act clearly states that “it is illegal for any person to terrify any animal” yet thousands of animals end up at the CoGH SPCA every year, lost and abandoned, disorientated and sometimes severely injured. The Firearms and Explosives Ordinance also makes it illegal for any child under the age of 16 to use or buy fireworks and it is illegal to use or sell fireworks without an official permit except at an officially designated site.  In spite of this legislation, fireworks are still sold in many corner cafés to anyone of any age and they continue to be set off at residential homes and gardens where they cause a real danger.

Irresponsible and illegal use of fireworks, including ignoring restrictions set by the City’s By-laws, damage to property and abuse inflicted upon animals, must be reported immediately to the South African Police, whose ambit it is to enforce these laws. Any instances of animal cruelty should be reported to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA Inspectorate immediately on 021 700 4158/59 or after hours and on weekends on 083 326 1604.

If you have any information relating to the illegal sale or use of fireworks please report the information to the Metro Police call centre on 0860-POLICE (765 423) or to the SAPS on 10111.

How to protect your pet from fireworks

The SPCA advises residents living in areas where fireworks will be discharged to adopt the following guidelines to help protect their pets:

  • Ensure all animals have identification; preferably a micro-chip or at least with a dog tag because without identification, the task of reuniting lost pets with their owners will be that much more difficult;
  • If possible, stay at home with them;
  • If you can’t be at home, keep your pets inside and preferably in a room that is safe and secure – create a small den for them with blankets, pillows and a favourite toy;
  • Try and mask any noise by drawing the curtains and playing calming music;
  • Put familiar and comforting things around them;
  • Give your pets a nutritious and balanced meal – this is likely to make them more sleepy;
  • Give them something to chew on – a chewy bone or catnip toys for cats;
  • If you suspect your pet will react badly to fireworks, please seek professional advice from your veterinarian who may prescribe a sedative to help them cope.  There are also effective homeopathic remedies, such as PetCalm, available from the CoGH SPCA Vet Shops in Plumstead and Grassy Park that use natural ingredients to help keep your pet calm and relaxed.