The Cape of Good Hope SPCA has been recognised as the best Animal Welfare NPO – South Africa in the Pet Product and Services category for 2022.
The award follows the publication of the 150 years celebratory article and several innovations launched within the past year. These include the launch of the SPCA retail store featuring a first of its kind tasting station for pets to choose their own food according to their pallet, the recent #DontLoseYourLove microchipping campaign derived from data published by Euromonitor International as well as the Rising Stars initiative aimed at bringing service delivery to the people with mobile clinic services in high deprivation areas.
Launched in 2018, the LUXlife Pet Product and Services Awards seek to acknowledge those individuals, organisations and enterprises who strive to make an outstanding contribution to the pet industry, representing the most dedicated of our pets’ caretakers and providers.
As the leading Animal Welfare organisation, The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is a high-volume facility, the largest in the country, and sees on average 45 000 cases per year of which more than 60% present as moderate to severe. At the heart of this significant caseload, the hospital, our veterinarians and animal welfare assistants demonstrate the capability to scale, oversee, manage and execute high volume operations without compromising quality.
Quality of care is maintained at a high clinical standard aligned with international best practice. The animal hospital has a capacity of several hundred cages overseen by four veterinarians. Each Veterinarian can manage 80 to 100 cases per day, of which 15 to 20 are surgeries.
The 24-hour service Inspectorate with its 21 strong staff complement consists of 13 Inspectors, 3 Trainee Inspectors, 2 Field Officers and 3 Collection Officers who service an area of more than 3 200 square kilometers (Approx. 1240 ml. This area of operation includes the Cape Town Metropole of 2 400 square kilometers (Approx. 930 ml²) and the Stellenbosch municipal area of more than 800 square kilometers (Approx. 300 ml²), stretching into the Cape Wine lands.
There are currently 228 822 registered not for profit organizations (NPOs) in South Africa of which 23 492 are located in the Western Cape. In Cape Town only, 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.
The award judging panel consisted of individuals from diverse academic background in business, economy, politics, media, journalism, history and education, led by a veteran academic leader well versed in research and evidence-based practice.