The Cape of Good Hope SPCA currently services an area of more than 3 200 square kilometers which includes the Cape Town Metropole of 2 400 square kilometers and the Stellenbosch municipal area of more than 800 square kilometers and stretches into the Cape Wine lands.
Chief Executive Officer, Moyo Ndukwana says,
“We have seen a significant increase in people accessing veterinary care at a primary level subsequent to the nationwide lockdown”
“In response we are aiming at achieving greater coverage and saturation with the mobile solution in high deprivation areas. This targeted program will be tailored and differentiated to a localised context, aligning with our new high impact, high-performance philosophy.”
Four operational mobiles are currently servicing high burden, high need areas.
“We want to increase the number of roving mobiles that service our high deprivation areas on a rotational basis. Our ability to increase coverage and reach more animals with vaccinations, sterilisations, and treatment of minor ailments depends on the success of this campaign.”
The effect of lockdown, reduced working hours, and rising unemployment have put an increased strain on the animal welfare system. The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is starting to see a further increase in people who are no longer able to access care in the private sector turning to the welfare sector for their veterinary needs. The full extent of the socio-economic impact of the pandemic and its ripple effects are only starting to manifest now.
There are currently 228,822 registered NPOs in South Africa of which 23,492 are located in the Western Cape. In Cape Town alone, more than 200 of those registered NPOs are animal welfare organisations. This demonstrates the dire need for aid and quality interventions in animal welfare to alleviate the burden on, and migrate our most vulnerable towards, improved access to quality veterinary care.
An estimated 82% of South Africans access health services in the public sector (HWSETA, 2018). We can infer that the same population is likely to access veterinary care from the NPO sector.
More About Cape Of Good Hope SPCA
Established in 1872, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is the founding society of the SPCA movement in South Africa and is the oldest animal welfare organisation in the country. A registered non-profit organisation (NPO 003-244) and Public Benefit Organisation (PBO 930004317), the society relies on the support of concerned individuals and corporates to continue operating.
Mobile Clinics Increase Access to Quality Care
Last year 21% of all animals treated by the Cape of Good Hope SPCA accessed care at one of our Mobile Clinics.
94% of those who accessed care at a Mobile Clinic was treated in the community and returned home the same day.
6% of those who accessed care at a Mobile Clinic required admission to our hospital for surgical intervention.
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