A message from Mqabuko Moyo Ndukwana, CEO: Cape of Good Hope SPCA

Life sometimes has a way of surprising you. When a dog was tightly chained and padlocked to a fence in Woodstock, he started choking to death. He was frothing from the mouth, gasping for air and trying to claw his way up the fence to escape the cruel noose around his neck.

There are few things more rewarding than seeing the wounds of an abused animal heal – and trust and peace returning to their eyes. That’s the story of Dusty, a 12-year-old Nooitgedacht-X pony who was rescued in January.

A good friend of the SPCA, Anne-Marie Losecaat van Nouhuys, had a deep love for all living things. She rescued innumerable creatures over the years: from insects to cats and dogs. Even though Anne-Marie is no longer with us, her love for animals lives on through the SPCA.

Remember Kittie, the cat who was hurled like a rugby ball over the roof of a house? This gorgeous, affectionate boy has made a full recovery and has won the ultimate prize: the heart of an adoring adoptive mom!

A scrappy little pup called Ratatouille has been adopted and renamed Archie by his new mom, Melanie. “He is doing so well! You’d think he has lived here all his little life – he is super confident, feisty and food obsessed. He gets along with our other doggies really well too.”

We were thrilled to release a caracal back into the wild after a short stay in our Wildlife Care Facility. She was released in late summer, into her mountain home range of Kasteelpoort, and it was a magical release! She bolted out of her cage, quick as lighting – leaving only a trail of rustling fynbos. Thank you for being by our side in special moments like this.

As the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, PREVENTION is in our name. It’s at the heart of what we do. We would love to live in a world where all animals are treated with kindness and compassion. That’s why we are actively teaching young people and adults how to be good, kind pet owners.

It takes a brave heart to take on endurance sporting challenges – and it takes a big heart to use these events as an opportunity to raise funds for animals at the SPCA. In March, 45 incredible cyclists answered our call to #Race2Rescue and cycled their hearts out in the Cape Town Cycle Tour, battling a gruelling 109km route to raise a whopping R175 000 for the SPCA.