Jan 13, 2021

YOU HAVE PREVENTED THE SUFFERING OF THOUSANDS!

Inspector Mbukutshe struggling to free Nina
Inspector Mbukutshe struggling to free Nina

 

You've helped us sterilise 25 animals with your donations so far, making a very real impact on the lives of each and every one of them! That's 25 animals who are no longer either breeding machines or at risk of harm wandering the streets in search of a mate.

With just one unsterilised female dog and her unsterilised offspring producing as many as 67 000 puppies in a six year period and one unsterilised female cat and her unsterilised offspring producing a very scary 370 000 kittens in just seven years - you've helped prevent cruelty to animals before it even starts!

Essentially, sterilisation is the only proactive tool we have at our disposal in the fight against animal cruelty. 

One of the dogs who benefited from your kindess was Nina. 

Nina dumped on a field and abandoned by those she loved – Nina’s only crime was being pregnant. In her desperation to find a sheltered place to give birth, she forced her way into an impossible situation: she safely delivered her nine puppies but was trapped in a drain with no way out. Thank goodness her cries were heard from underground and thank goodness they fell on compassionate ears.

Inspector Siyabonga Mbukutshe rescued Nina first. Her pups were in quite a tight spot and it took a long time before Inspector Siyabonga finally had all nine tiny puppies safely above ground. Nina checked each one over as they were handed to her, then washed and nursed them throughout their journey to the SPCA. There was no doubt about it – Nina loved her puppies, but we wondered who else would? Had Nina been sterilised, we would’ve had only one loving home to find, now we had 10.

Back at the SPCA, Nina and her pups were examined by our Vets and found to be surprisingly unscathed by their near death experience. Nina was given a warm, safe whelping box and a nutritious diet to ensure that her small body could provide all the nourishment her puppies needed to thrive. With so many puppies to feed, staff supervision was essential because the puppies had to be constantly weighed and rotated to ensure they were all getting their fair share of mother’s milk.

We have to admit, we were in our element kissing tiny heads and indulging ourselves in that sweet puppy breath smell – we had our own little piece of heaven right here at the SPCA! And Nina, Noni, Nico, Nomsa, Nelly, Norris, Nora, Noah, Nino and Nunu could all be given a little piece of heaven too. With her pups placed in loving homes, Nina now patiently awaits her own forever family, and given all she has been through, she certainly deserves one.

Nina has now been sterilised and she will never have to face an ordeal like that again thanks to you!

Thank you so much for helping to ensure that we have 25 less "Nina's" to worry about and 1000's less to find loving homes for!  Thank you for being such an integral part of our prevention of cruelty to animals team.  It is only with your help that we are able to make a differnce in the lives of animals born to suffer. 

May your 2021 be bright, may your worries be few and your joys be many and most of all may you be safe and protected at this time.

Warm Regards

Belinda

All 10 safely rescued
All 10 safely rescued
Safe and Warm at the SPCA
Safe and Warm at the SPCA
Kisses to thank her carer
Kisses to thank her carer
Puppy enrichment classes with our behaviourist
Puppy enrichment classes with our behaviourist
Jul 20, 2020

You were Gabriel's Angel

Gabriel injured and in the freezing rain
Gabriel injured and in the freezing rain

Our education officer Junior Komani was driving through a township area when some children waved him over.  They had just passed an injured dog lying in a nearby field.  

That's where Junior found Gabriel, badly injured and so cold that he was unable to move.  He had clearly been the victim of a hit and run and whoever was responsible had just left him there to die. 

Gabriel was an intact male and had likely been roaming the area following the scent of a female in season. Junior immediately loaded Gabriel into his vehicle and brought him to our Hospital where he was seen by our on-site veterinarian. The diagnosis was a badly fractured foreleg, several wounds on his small body and of course hypothermia brought on by exposure to the elements.  Gabriel had been laying in the field, in the midst of a Cape Town storm for approximately 8 hours before help arrived.

He was stabilised for surgery which took place a short while later and his broken leg was pinned and his wounds were treated.  Gabriel was also neutered to ensure that this would never happen to him again.  

Gabriel is doing so much better now, his leg is healing well and he has for the most part overcome the terrible trauma that he went through.  He is a beautiful, gentle soul and he has crept into all our hearts. 

It's no surprise that Gabriel has been adopted!  As soon as his leg has healed sufficiently, Gabriel's new life with his new family will begin.  Gabriel will no longer be wandering the streets looking for a mate, he will no longer be at risk of injury - either via motor vehicle accidents or male on male agression, he will no longer be at risk of developing any of the serious diseases intact animals face - he will be safe, healthy, loved and cared for - and it's all thanks to you. 

Thank you so very much for supporting this initiative.  Sterilisation is one of the few tools we have at our disposal to proactively prevent cruelty to and the suffering of animals.  Sterilisation also reduces the burden on the animal welfare sector by not only humanely controlling pet populations but also by preventing injury to roaming animals and diseases in intact animals that require expensive treatments. 

Thank you so much for being Gabriel's Angel, his life is forever changed by your wonderful act of kindness. 

Thank you for your love of animals and for your support of the work of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA.

Warm Regards 

Gabriel warm and healing
Gabriel warm and healing
Gabriel on the mend
Gabriel on the mend
Jul 17, 2020

COVID-19 PUT JUSTICE ON HOLD

Blood was coming from Snoopy's mouth and nose
Blood was coming from Snoopy's mouth and nose

 

Covid-19 hasn't stopped cruelty to animals but unfortunately it has slowed the wheels of justice!  With the pandemic reaching a peak in South Africa and with Khayelitsha being identified as a hotspot with an escalating rate of infection, all the courts in the area have been closed. 

While times are uncertain, we remain certain of one thing!  Animal Cruelty Must Stop!  No Animal Should Suffer - not during our Lockdown, not during the Covid-19 pandemic - not ever!

Benji's killer will get his day in court and we can't wait!  In the meantime Our inspectors haven't stopped investigating cruelty and haven't stopped putting the wheels in motion that will see perpetrators of animal cruelty punished.

 

Snoopy is one such case.  He was beaten about the head with a golf club until blood ran from his nose and mouth and all because his attacker had a disagreement with his owner. Snoopy was admitted to our hospital in the early hours of the morning following a panicked call by his owner.  Our inspector tracked down the man responsible and had him arrested with the help of the local police department.  Imagine our surprise when we discovered that Snoppy's attacker had just been released from jail and was on parole for murder. Based on his assault on Snoopy, our Inspector ensured that his bail was revoked and that he was returned to jail where he belongs. 

We see very many acts of violence of which animals are the victims and we know it’s highly likely that perpetrator will eventually direct their violent actions towards person.This is what makes an investment in the work of the SPCA so much more than an investment in animal health and well being.  Our efforts may be directed towards animal rescue and protection via education and  punitive means but our work almost certainly results in kinder and safe communities for all to share. 

Thank you for supporting the work of our Inspectors and for believing that every animal victim of violence also deserves to have their voice heard in a court of law.  It is an honour and a privilige to be that voice for them. 

We hope that Covid-19 infection rates begin to decline soon and that our courts will soon be operational again.  In fact, we can't wait!

Please take care and stay safe, wear you mask and keep washing your hands.  We will be back in the witness box before you know it. 

Inspector Jeffrey Mfini to the rescue
Inspector Jeffrey Mfini to the rescue
Snoopy, getting lots of love from Nurse Cameron
Snoopy, getting lots of love from Nurse Cameron
 
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