MEDIA RELEASE: SPCA TSHWANE SAYS… THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT THUS FAR TOWARDS OUR FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN!
MEDIA RELEASE ISSUED BY THE SPCA TSHWANE
DATE OF RELEASE: 18 NOVEMBER 2019
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Tshwane has recently issued a media release regarding their current dire financial situation.
“The Society needs to bring in R1 million by the end of January 2020, to overcome our dire financial situation. Since our first fundraising campaign on 23 Oct 2019, the Society has raised R170 000.00 for which we are profoundly grateful. Although members of the public donated generously, because they recognise the work we do, and because of their love of animals, we appeal to the public, to please keep on giving and sharing our plea to your networks to help us to reach this goal” says Jacqui Grove, Chairperson of the SPCA Tshwane Management Committee.
As mentioned in the previous media release, for the past financial year, the SPCA Tshwane Inspectorate responded close to 1600 cruelty complaints, issued over 450 warnings, and conducted over 1 460 on-site pro-active investigations. Our caseload keeps increasing and more and more people surrender their animals as they face financial or other challenges. With this, our work becomes more, and we battle to keep up with the costs of caring for the vulnerable animals of Tshwane. Our challenges will only become greater as we head into the festive season when the influx of animals into our centres increase dramatically.
Legislation to implement compulsory sterilisation By-laws for domestic animals, also contributes to above figures, and should have been implemented many years ago. Unfortunately, the Society does not have the mandate to do so – only the City of Tshwane municipality – Health Department. Despite negotiations with them for almost two years, By-laws have still not been implemented, and also not foreseen in the near future.
”Until such time, when the City of Tshwane Health Department takes responsibility for the above implementation of By-laws, the animals of Tshwane will unfortunately not be in a better position. Therefore the SPCA Tshwane solely rely on the public to assist us with reporting animal cruelty, neglect and related issues” says Dewald Wahlstrand, General Manager of the SPCA Tshwane (Waltloo Branch).
To further curb the number of neglected and abused animals, pet shops should be prohibit from selling live animals. Unfortunately, these animals are sold without being sterilised, which contributes to the pet overpopulation problem. They are rarely vaccinated and are almost always the product of unscrupulous backyard breeders. Over and over again, these poor animals, bred for profit and bought and sold like products, end up in our centres as their owners and breeders are unable to take care of them, or simply have no use for them anymore.
The SPCA Tshwane does not refuse any animal, we never show them away and will always make a plan to protect the abused, neglected and unwanted animals of Tshwane.
To assist these animals, the SPCA Tshwane is now more than ever reliant on the generous and continued goodwill and donations by the residents of Tshwane, and we thank each and every person who has helped us thus far.
Your donations will further enable us to respond to more animal cruelty complaints, issuing of warnings, and conducting on-site pro-active investigations, routine inspections, and home checks.
We will be able to care for more vulnerable animals and ensure better circumstances for the abused, neglected, unwanted and forgotten animals of Tshwane.
The SPCA Tshwane urgently appeals to the public to further assist us by making a once-off or recurring donation. Donations can be done securely online at www.spcapta.org.za or directly into the SPCA TSHWANE account:
First National Bank
Current Account: 56160007452
Branch code: 261550
SPCA Tshwane is a registered Public Benefit Organisation with Section 18A status and all bona fide donations quality for a tax certificate and can be deducted from the donor’s taxable income.
We thank you for your continued support!
Please contact your nearest SPCA TSHWANE branch for more information.
Waltloo Branch – Tel: 0128035219 / 0834533863 after-hours
Centurion Branch – Tel: 0126645644 / 0828075671 after-hours
Email address for general enquiries: Admin@spcapta.org.za