THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE SPCA IS NO KILL SHELTER

We dream of the day when the SPCA can close their doors for good because that would mean that only responsible individuals own animals, that all companion animals are sterilised and can’t breed indiscriminately, that everyone has adopted a pet as opposed to supporting a breeder and that there have been enough good homes to go around, that all puppy mills have been shut down, that all our efforts to educate, to influence animal welfare policy and all our mass animal sterilisation campaigns have paid off.

We dream of that day, but until it becomes a reality the Cape of Good Hope SPCA will continue to be there for every animal that needs us, and we will continue to act with compassion and shoulder the full responsibility for every animal admitted into our care.

 

 

We are often publically criticised for our euthanasia policy and we have been labelled unfairly as a “kill shelter” when what we really are is a pro-quality of life facility. A facility that won’t shy away from the responsibility of the decisions that must be made in the best interest of an animal’s welfare – even when those decisions are heart breaking for us.

We never turn any animal away and we never have the luxury of being able to say “we’re full”. Our admissions policy is non-discriminatory and accepting of all animals in need, even those too sick, old or aggressive to find homes. We don’t charge “surrender fees,” we don’t have long waiting lists and we don’t limit our intake hours. We do this because we know what happens to the animals who are turned away and it is a much worse fate than compassionate euthanasia. They are dumped along the side of the road – left at the mercy of others, left to starve slowly, left to breed indiscriminately, left to be run over by cars or their lives are cruelly ended by their owners themselves.

For many individuals “Pro-life” sounds good and feels good but we choose to do what is right. Animals are recognised by the SPCA as sentient beings, our policies are founded on the 5 animal freedoms that are embraced internationally and accepted by reputable animal welfare bodies. In recognising sentience, one cannot ignore the psychological suffering experienced by companion animals living out their lives in confinement. Kennel stress manifests physically but it is a result of psychological stressors and it is unavoidable. As the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals we will not allow suffering, we will always do right by an animal that has no quality of life even if humane euthanasia is all we can offer.

“Pro-life” sounds good, it feels good but it is disingenuous. The choice between what is good and what is right is the hardest choice of all. It’s paid for with pain and heartache and tears and rewarded with healthy, well-adjusted animals of even temperament who bring joy to the families that they share their lives with. We have a dream ……… until then we will always do what’s right, no matter how hard it is.

PAPA 2018

PAPA update to the welfare of working animals.

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As the leading proponent for animal welfare and the society for the prevention of cruelty towards animals in South Africa, the SPCA enforces and upholds the current legislation that demands all animals are to be treated humanely and receive the necessary care required to prevent undue suffering and cruelty. The SPCA does not stand opposed to working animals subject to welfare standards being met.

Despite the fact that working animals provide such valuable services, they are not always cared for in an acceptable manner. For working animals, particularly in the film and security industries, it is of vital importance that their health and welfare is strictly monitored and legislation adhered to at all times. These laws will extend to all animals, both wild and domesticated (including birds and reptiles), that are held in captivity and fall under human control.

Working animals have been the focus of a major amendment to the Performing Animals Protection Act [Act 24 of 1935] (PAPA) which was implemented in July 2018- now called the Performing Animals Protection Amendment Act 4/2016. As it stands the licencing of performing animals is now the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and no longer falls under the Department of Justice. Government has attested its commitment to animal welfare within the related industries including: filming, educational, awareness exhibitions, entertainment, petting and security.

Animal welfare monitoring can now be included as part of PAPA licensing conditions. This responsibility has since been delegated to provincial state veterinarians (SV) who may issue PAPA licences. The licencing approval process will now include a veterinary procedural notice which will form the basis for a licence approval inspection including the following checks: animal health; feed and water; shelter; water points; storage and waste disposal; veterinary checks bi-annually; associated records and registers; animal training methods; transportation and the monitoring of animals being used in the filming industry. Training of working animals should be undertaken in a recognised humane manner without using physical violence or force to achieve results. Furthermore any equipment used on the animals should be purpose designed, free of any harmful features, well fitted and maintained and allow the animal to perform comfortably to their full potential.

It is an offence in terms of PAPA to use any animal without a PAPA licence – this includes the person in control of the animal as well as the person(s) who enlisted the services of the animal. Non-compliance can result in an on the spot fine. The PAPA authorises that the licence must be presented to a police office or an animal welfare inspector authorised as a police officer in terms of Section 8 of the Animal Protection Act 71 of 1962 on request. The PAPA authorises any police officer the right to enter and inspect any place with performing animals.

Qurbani Animal Care Guide

Qurbani Animal Care Guide

The annual religious celebration of Eid-ul-adha (Eid of Sacrifice) is soon to be observed by the local Muslim community, with Qurbani commencing from the 22nd of August 2018 (depending on phase of the moon). The Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA calls on those planning to slaughter sheep, goats or cattle to follow these strict guidelines to ensure that the animals do not suffer unnecessarily.

According to the Animals Protection Act (No.71 of 1962):

  • All animals must be confined in such a manner that allows them adequate space, ventilation, shelter, food and water;
  • No animal should be picked up by its fleece, dragged, hit, chased or prodded;
  • Animals should be restrained humanely while being transported and when being slaughtered;
  • No animal should be tied by its legs with bailing twine and crammed into the back of car boots or laid on their sides in the back of bakkies;
  • When due to be slaughtered, animals should be laid on their sides and not on their backs to avoid distress. Animals should also not be forced to stand or kneel during slaughter;
  • Knives used for the slaughter must also remain extremely sharp so that the slaughtering remains as humane as possible;
  • Only experienced people should perform the slaughtering. Inexperienced, lay persons who attempt to perform the slaughters often cause horrific trauma and pain to the animal.

 

Wallacedene MASP treats 1450 animals

CoGH SPCA oversees 1450 sterilisations in annual Wallacedene MASP

26th of July 2018 – Animal welfare organisations in partnership with the Cape of Good Hope SPCA once again joined forces to conduct a annual Mass Animal Sterlisation Project (MASP) generously funded by the City of Cape Town in the Wallacedene community. Launched on the 3rd of April 2018, running for a total of 14 weeks and concluding on the 4th of July 2018, the MASP saw a total of 1, 450 animals undergoing sterilsation procedures and vaccinations.

This ongoing programe is a vital component in the fight against cruelty by offering continued education of pet owners in order to highlight the importance of sterilisation, basic pet care ( i.e. supplying adequate food, water and shelter) and veterinary care to ensure a healthy environment for both animals and humans alike.

The CoGH SPCA is dedicated to continuing their support to the less priviledged by providing mobile clinics to this community and other adjacent areas, offering treatment for their pet’s primary health care needs.

MASP project manager, CoGH SPCA CEO Moyo Ndukwana says of the project, “The extraordinary contribution of all partners in particular the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, the Animal Anti Cruelty League, The Animal Rescue Organisation, the Animal Welfare Society Philippi, EnviroVet CVC and the PDSA is acknowledged with huge gratitude and reverence.”

Comrades4Canines Raises R72 000

Well done to Greg Korck and Liam Gannon for completing the ComradesMarathon “DOWN RUN” on the 10 June 2018 “ for the love of animals. The “DOWN RUN” starts at the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg and finishes in Durban – this is about ± 90km which our guys completed in under 9 hours!

In addition to each of them overcoming this enormous challenge they helped us raise a remarkable amount of over R72 000 which will assist us to deliver primary veterinary care to about 4000 animals to the poorer communities of the Western Cape.

Well done and big thank you again from all of us!

If you want to combine your love of sport and animals then please contact Tyron on awareness2@spca-ct.co.za and find out how you can make your race count for more with #TEAMSPCA

 

Cape of Good Hope SPCA welcomes Mqabuko Moyo Ndukwana as new CEO

2018 heralds a new era at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA as Mqabuko Moyo Ndukwana is appointed the CEO of South Africa’s largest and oldest animal welfare.

Having worked at the organisation for 12 years, we have no doubt the CoGH SPCA will flourish under his charge.

Moyo’s unwavering integrity, passion and broader vision will see his tenure further cementing the CoGH SPCA as the leading proponent for changing attitudes towards the treatment of all creatures and animal welfare issues at large.

If we track Moyo’s career trajectory this new role is only fitting for a man who has dedicated his life to upholding the rights of animals with the utmost dedication and unwavering commitment, no matter the challenges.

Moyo Ndukwana says of his passion for animal welfare, “I would say I was born to do it. From early childhood I’ve always loved animals. Growing up all I wanted to study was animal science.
I wrote my thesis on animal nutrition and how small farmers could improve the
way they feed their livestock. Even then, I wanted to help animals – I can’t understand
how people can ill-treat them. “

He holds an Honours degree in Animal Science and a BPhil in Sustainable Development. He also possesses various qualifications in Financial Management and Project Management, among others. Showcasing his steadfast work ethic and relentless thirst for knowledge, upon completion of an intensive series of NSPCA inspectorate courses and examinations, Moyo rapidly advanced to the position of Senior Inspector which saw him heading up the 24/7 emergency centre responding to all manner of cases across the Cape Metropole, many life threatening in nature. Above the day to day emergency response and management of such a critical service, Moyo has been integral in compiling case evidence which has seen animal abusers successfully prosecuted for contravention of the Animals Protection Act thereby paving the way for future legislation/by-law amendments.

On his appointment Ndukwana commented, “It is with great humility and appreciation that I accepted the appointment from the Board as the new CEO of the CoGH SPCA. It is a sense of honour and ultimate trust that the Board has vested this responsibility in me and I will strive my level best to ensure that the CoGH SPCA excels in all aspects of animal welfare under my custodianship. I am confident of such success through the collective wisdom of the Board and the Management Team- who are all dedicated to the cause of animal welfare and all want to see the CoGH thrive.”

The CoGH SPCA mandate first and foremost serves to prevent cruelty, promote kindness to and alleviate suffering of all animals. On encountering any creature our first act of kindness is towards the animals in our care.

All animals in our care need to have a safe and comfortable species derived environment that will enable their rehabilitation and promote wholeness. The way we treat animals in our care will be a reflection of the kind world that we envision and strive to work for every single day.

What we do matters, and matters even more now than ever!

HAWKERS & WHY YOU SHOULDN’T BUY THAT PUPPY!

HAWKERS & WHY YOU SHOULDN’T BUY THAT PUPPY!

Puppy Hawkers have little or no regard for the welfare of animals, who to them are simply commodities of trade.

There is no doubt that puppy hawkers rely heavily on the animal loving communities who will do anything to rescue a puppy in this condition regardless of the cost. Do not be emotionally blackmailed! In spite of your best intentions, buying a puppy from a hawker perpetuates a cycle of abuse and cruelty. These individuals are likely to be breeding indiscriminately, with no concern for their breeding females whose living conditions are comparable to puppy mills.
In addition to this, puppies are often removed from their mothers extremely young, are often unhealthy and in some instances genetically defective.

You could also be unwittingly introducing disease and parasites into your home that could affect the health of your pets and your family! Mange is a zoonotic disease and is transferred to humans as scabies. Worms and fleas can also be passed on to your family members and the chances are that the puppy you have just bought is unvaccinated and potentially ill with Canine Distemper or Parvo Virus – both are deadly and extremely contagious canine diseases.
We are working in collaboration with law enforcement in order to stop the illegal hawking of animals and also looking into amendments of the Animal By- laws in order to ensure harsher sentences for perpetrators.
So what should you do if you see a Puppy hawker?
• The greatest assistance will come from members of the public not supporting this trade. In purchasing an animal from the street, one is creating a market and the demand and supply economics factors are set in motion.
• By posting pictures of these repeat offenders on social media, a case file is being built up and further strengthens our motivation when appealing for a harsher sentence against the perpetrator.
• If anybody tries to sell you a puppy on a street corner, please contact Law Enforcement on 0218124464, the SPCA on 0217004158/9 or SAPS (get your local SAPS station contact number or sector patrol vehicle cell number).
• Do not put yourself in danger!

And remember,
If you are looking for a pet, please first consider adopting from the SPCA. We have healthy, loving puppies and adult dogs looking to become a part of a family like yours. You’ll find that while many are wonderful mix breeds, most shelters have purebreds too!