We believe that humane education is fundamental in teaching people to respect and care for animals.
Throughout the year, our Education Team teaches school children about responsible pet care, animal welfare principles and the goals and mission of the SPCA. Education Officers visit pre-schools and primary schools throughout the greater Cape Town area to give talks, show DVDs and present the SPCA’s Ani-Pal Education programme, which includes an interactive puppet show and classroom activity booklets.
School children from impoverished communities are encouraged to bring their pets for free sterilisation and parasite control as part of our Ani-pals education programme.
In 2007, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA’s Ani-Pal education programme was awarded top honours by the World Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (WSPA), which considered the animal welfare educational programmes from organisations in 90 countries.
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Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V. (WTG) is a Berlin/Germany based registered non-profit organisation. Their vision is a world, in which animals are appreciated by people, treated according to their needs and with respect. In their work for animal welfare WTG focuses on countries and regions with little protection for animals. They aim at improving the situation for animals in the long term i.e. by providing veterinary care, by supporting animal sanctuaries and through our educational work. WTG cooperates with local partner organisations and involves the people who are directly concerned.
The Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V. have recently partnered with the Cape of Good Hope SPCA – South Africa’s largest and oldest animal welfare organisation- based in Cape Town, South Africa founded in 1872.
Along with ensuring the protection of abandoned and abused animals across the city, the Cape of Good Hope (COGH) SPCA is committed towards teaching compassion in farming to urban and rural farmers in need of support and education.
With the backing/funding of the Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V. the COGH SPCA Education Department will complement its daily community outreach and social upliftment programme with a dedicated year-long project designed to teach compassion in farming across our metropole.
The benefits of this project will be twofold; Firstly we are to provide support to farmers in need through basic training and support in order to ensure correct animal husbandry techniques. Secondly to prevent cruelty to any farm animals and ensure the humane treatment of farm animals at all times in accordance with the Animal Protections Act 71 of 1962.