Cape Town Cycle Tour 2024

Chains Are for Bicycles, Not for Dogs

Chains represent freedom when they’re on a bicycle, but when they’re wrapped around the neck of a dog, they symbolise suffering. That’s why we need you to join us in the fight for change.

Imagine a life where your world is limited to the length of a chain, where your every move is restricted. For countless dogs, this is their daily reality. You can change that.

The Cape Town Cycle Tour’s Team SPCA raises awareness for the plight of dogs on chains and supports our dedicated Inspectors who will never stop working to give dogs their freedom back.

Registrations for TEAM SPCA are closed, but you can still help your athlete raise their fundraising goal for the animals of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA.
Santam Switch

Our proud co-sponsors for Team SPCA CTCT 2024

Gear up for freedom at the Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo from the 7th to the 9th of March 2024 where you’ll find us at stands A & B just after registration. Even if you aren’t riding with Team SPCA this year,  you can still join the fight to free dogs living in chains. Buy a LIMITED EDITION SPCA branded cycle shirt, arm warmers, sports scarfs and more and you’ll be helping dogs on chains get their freedom back!

Don’t forget to bring the kids along to meet Mojo, Cape Town’s Biggest Toy Dog! 
Team SPCA Helps Dogs Like Dobby Find Their ‘Sock’

We will never forget the day Dobby was carried through our doors. He had a chain so deeply embedded in his chest that words can’t adequately convey our horror.

Back then, he didn’t have a name. We named him after the house elf in Harry Potter, a creature bound by a binding magical contract. Much like his fictional counterpart, our canine Dobby was enslaved by chains, but his were a harsh and undeniable reality.

Dobby the house Elf from Harry potter
Image credit: Wizarding World Digital

Dobby underwent surgery to have the chain removed by our veterinarian, and his long journey to healing began. When a loving family chose Dobby to be part of their family, he must’ve felt like the house elf did when Lucius Malfoy gave him a sock.

It was at that that moment that Dobby was truly freed of the horrors of his past. Dobby’s case is not unique. Countless other dogs silently endure similar suffering. Team SPCA is an integral part of our mission to break these chains and provide these dogs with a sock too.

No Animal Should Suffer Like Buddy Did! Your Participation Will Ensure That Another Dog Never Does

We called him Buddy because he would’ve been somebody’s best friend if he had just been given the chance.

Unfortunately, nobody gave him that chance and Buddy died as he had lived – on the end of a chain. This picture is hard to look and Buddy’s story it’s just as hard to tell…. because we didn’t reach him in time. 

Buddy: The Epitome of the Life of a Dog on The End of a Chain

We do need to tell his story though, because Buddy mattered.  And the photo you’ve just seen epitomises the life of a dog on a chain.  If you can bear it, please really look at it.  Look at how short that chain was, look at his water bowl, tipped over and empty.  Look how thin he is, look at the food he couldn’t eat. Look at the walls, the only things he could see for days and weeks and months on end.

Dogs on chains are out of sight and out of mind, in fact nobody in the house he lived at even knew Buddy was dead.

Somewhere, right now, a dog like Buddy needs you. Team SPCA helps us get there on time!   

Scan the QR Code or click here to make a donation on GivenGain.

Chains have no place around a dog’s neck.

With every pedal push, every donation, and every shared message, you’ll not just break chains, you’ll shatter the cycle of suffering and ensure a brighter future for chaining victims. Help your athlete raise their fundraising goal for the animals of the Cape of Good Hope SPCATake a stand, help support our riders!

It costs the SPCA between R300 – R1,000 to break just one chain and an additional R2,500 – R5,000 to help one dog heal from an embedded chain injury!

Breaking the Chains: A Life of Solitary Confinement for the Innocent

Chaining a dog is the equivalent of subjecting them to a life of solitary confinement. Deprived of companionship, mental stimulation, and physical activity they endure a daily sentence of loneliness, isolation, suffering and despair. Everyday looks the same, smells the same, is the same and a world beyond their confinement is forever out of reach. There’s no escape from the chain which means there’s no escape from heat, the cold, biting/stinging insects or adversaries.

Recent Court Ruling: A Beacon of Hope

In a pivotal courtroom showdown, justice has triumphed in the case of the State versus Mr. Franco Louw, and the sentence is a beacon of hope for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA and animal welfare advocates everywhere…

DONATE TO SUPPORT YOUR RIDER

Donate to support your rider and help them achieve their fundraising goal!

MORE ENTRIES AVAILABLE! HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

If you don’t yet have an entry

commit to raising a total of R2500.

A deposit of R500 is due when you register and the balance of R2 000 before race day.

If you already have an entry

and want to transfer to Team SPCA, give us your details and we’ll transfer your entry to our charity. You will not need to pay a deposit, but you must commit to raising a total of R2000.

Join Team SPCA and look forward to all this:

1. Above all, the personal satisfaction that your race will help the SPCA to rescue animals.

2. Guaranteed entry.

3. Note that group members who qualify for an earlier start will still be seeded accordingly, with the option to drop down to ride with their team mates.

4. Your own limited-edition Team SPCA cycle shirt.

5. Fantastic goody bag.

6. A dedicated WhatsApp group, especially for Team SPCA CTCT.

7. Meeting others who share your passion for animals and cycling.

8. One lucky rider will a fantastic prize- TBC

9. You’re not alone – we give you fundraising tips on how to confidently ask for support.

10. You don’t have to handle any money directly.

TO SECURE YOUR SPOT, PAY YOUR DEPOSIT NOW

The easiest way to secure your spot is to pay your deposit, using the form below.

PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONCE YOUR DEPOSIT HAS BEEN PAID WILL YOU RECEIVE A LINK TO OFFICIALLY REGISTER WITH TEAM SPCA ON THE CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR SYSTEM

Register for Team SPCA - CTCT 2024

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Information

Volunteers are always needed. Are you available to apply your skill/ ability to assist us?

Cycle Shirt Size

Please see the Garment Sizing Model for guidance on sizing choice. Mens and Ladies shirts are the same size but ladies have NO elastic in the hem and the sleeves are 4cm shorter.

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NB: If you have already paid, or if you wish to make an EFT directly, or if you would like to register several riders in a batch e.g. corporates, please email p2plead@spca-ct.co.za or call/whatsapp 0745806022
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EFT payments

For direct deposits into the SPCA’s bank account, please use the reference “CTCT your name & surname” and email proof of payment to Natasha p2plead@spca-ct.co.za

ACCOUNT HOLDER: Cape Of Good Hope SPCA

BANK: Standard Bank

BRANCH: Constantia 025309 / 051001 (Internet banking)

ACCOUNT NUMBER: 071832858

ACCOUNT TYPE: Cheque

BENEFICIARY REFERENCE: CTCT Name & Surname