by The Cape of Good Hope SPCA Vetted since 2018 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit


Cape Town is experiencing the worst drought in recorded history. Our taps will run dry within the next 80 days which means we must act urgently to provide an alternate source of water for animals - both here at the SPCA and in the wider community. When there is nothing left for them to drink, they'll start dying in their thousands within a matter of days. The video shows how shrinking river beds are becoming death traps for animals, we have the solution but we need your help.

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Cape Town, South Africa is in the midst of the worst drought in recorded history. Our water supply will dry up within the next 80 days in spite of stringent water saving measures. Thousands of animals including wild animals, domestic animals, farm animals and equines will die. We urgently require the funds to fully equip ourselves to assist animals in crisis throughout our 6 840 squared mile area of operation. A borehole as well as water storage and transport equipment will save lives.


A borehole will provide a sustainable source of water which we will use to fill containers for transport to animals in need. We also require this water source for the animals on our own premises (as many as 500 at a time) for drinking and cleaning purposes (to prevent the spread of disease). Our inspectors will need to carry water with them at all times and bulk water will need to be transported to remote areas to service water stations for wild animals and free roaming livestock and horses.

Long-Term Impact

A sustainable water source will ensure that our organisation will never have to rely on a municipal water service again and we will be equipped should a disaster of this magnitude ever re-occur. Water storage and rainwater harvesting equipment will continue to serve us well into the future as water restrictions are likely to remain in effect for the next 3 years while water reserves are rebuilt. This project will provide life giving water for thousands of animals for a very long time.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Day Zero
The Cape Town Water Crisis

Organization Information

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA

Location: Cape Town, Western Cape - South Africa
Website: https:/​/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @capespca
Project Leader:
Belinda Abraham
Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa
$1,600 raised of $8,365 goal
48 donations
$6,765 to go
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