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Controlling with kindness.

The SPCA receives regular reports of bird infestation on buildings, houses and farms and is in the process of assessing several methods that are deemed to be cruel and unacceptable – for humane control the SPCA advises:-

  1. Use exclusion methods – i.e. netting / making areas inaccessible.
  2. Make an area available for birds to rest, drawing them away from the areas they they are not wanted.
  3. Do not leave feed out or feed birds, this draws in more birds.
  4. Remove eggs from the areas to prevent breeding from taking place, if you do not wish annual visits by the feathery creatures. (Only do this after you have checked with your local SPCA and Nature Conservation regarding legality as the birds may be a protected species.)
  5. Place strands of light wire across the perching areas, parallel with each other, not too widely apart, which will prevent the birds from perching.
  6. DO NOT use any poisons, glue or any kind of gels as these cause flight problems and or painful and secondary poisoning.
  7. In the case of farms, cover the crops with netting and plant or leave a separate crop for feeding purposes. This must be well away from the main farming crops to avoid spill over feeding.

 

Hunting / shooting birds does not solve the problem as others will come to feed / perch. A humane all-encompassing preventative programme must be put in place.

The real cause is breeding and preventative programmes on a national basis should be implemented.

NSPC APPALLED – JOHANNESBURG TO OBTAIN ANOTHER ELEPHANT.

The NSPCA was made aware that the Johannesburg Zoo is bringing in another elephant. This decision has been made following the death of one of their elephants, Kinkel, earlier this year – leaving their remaining elephant alone.
The captive environment for elephants at the Johannesburg Zoo is detrimental to any elephant’s well-being.
The NSPCA was informed that the decision was approved by the Johannesburg Metro which is run by the Democratic Alliance (DA). Both the Johannesburg Zoo and the DA profess to believe in and uphold the 5 Freedoms, an ethos which outlines basic animal welfare, yet the decision to introduce another elephant into a facility which does not meet these freedoms has been considered acceptable by both the Johannesburg Zoo and the Democratic Alliance.
The NSPCA will secure a humane alternative that is not only beneficial for the well-being of their remaining elephant, Lammie, but would also stop the endless and redundant cycle of continuously condemning elephants to captivity for many years to come.
“The NSPCA will continue to fight for Lammie and every other elephant that may be doomed to a life of captivity. We believe that moving Lammie to an approved sanctuary would be far more beneficial for her welfare. We have expressed our opinion to the Johannesburg Zoo as well as the City of Johannesburg’s mayor, Herman Mashaba” said Karen Trendler, manager of the NSPCAs Wildlife Trade & Trafficking portfolio.
The NSPCA challenges the DA to uplift Lammie’s welfare and make the correct decision to move Lammie to an appropriate and accredited sanctuary and to not condemn another elephant to a life of captivity.

Now is the time to prove your commitment to animal welfare.

Vice Chairlady

Vice Chairlady 2019

Thanks to our Sponsors we have some huge prizes to be won at our Fun Night Golf!

The uMngeni SPCA is delighted to invite you to our Golf Day at the Howick Golf Club on 11 May. The first competition is a nine-hole Challenge and tee off time is at 12pm, green fees are R100 per person. The second part of the day promises to be a unique and exciting experience for all golfing abilities, our Night Golf Challenge. Tee off time will be at 6pm and refundable, luminous balls will be available. The cost of the Challenge, as well as dinner and live music is R200 per person and a portion of this fee will come directly to the SPCA. There will be other attractions on the day, including an Art Exhibition and auction by a local artist and some stunning weekend getaways that will be raffled. You can also expect some wonderful prizes for the Challenges, as well as give-aways throughout the course of the afternoon. Come and join us for an afternoon and evening of fun and entertainment, while supporting our local SPCA, who does so much towards bettering the lives of our precious animals.

To book your Four Ball contact the Howick Golf Club. 033 330 3422

The R200 tickets for the evening can be purchased on the day. Should you wish to take this opportunity to do some marketing for your business, by sponsoring a Tee Box or Green, please contact Sharyn Taylor. 083 656 9705

 

Sad Passing of uMngeni SPCA Volunteer.

Mary Bohmer 

16 April 1930 – 30 March 2018

 Mary Cade was born in 1930 on a remote, rural farm in Kenya – the eldest child and only girl, of 4 children. Life was financially tough for the family but was exciting and adventurous, as you can well imagine. Animals were always part of her life and she had numerous dogs and cats as pets, but also a horse, a bushbaby and even snakes. 

 Mary married Des Bohmer in 1950 and they had three children – Paul, Robert and Anne – who all now live overseas. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and mother-in-law and a true rock for her family.

 Mary was a great talker, as those who knew her will know. Chatting was one of her hallmarks! But it enabled her to meet people and make new friends.

 Mary liked everyone and never put anyone down, nor did she gossip – great traits we could all learn from. She was truly a salt of the earth person. 

 She was incredibly selfless and always ready to help others, no matter the task. Over the years, she spent many hours volunteering for the SPCA Op shops in Howick and Merrivale and had previously helped at Riding for the Disabled. So, if you would like to donate to the SPCA, in her honour, please do so. It would be much appreciated.

 Mary was an interesting and interested person – someone who read lots and who was well informed on world events. 

 She was also adventurous and prepared to give most things a try. She would eat almost any food, could sleep anywhere, and always enjoyed going to new places. About the only thing that got her beat was the Karkloof zip-line that her grandchildren, Thomas and Emily, cajoled her into trying a couple of years ago!

 In the last 5 years she took 3 trips to Australia and New Zealand, spent three summers in the UK with her daughter, did a road trip around Namibia and visited Cape Town.

 Sadly, it was on her last trip to Hobart that she became unwell. In early March she had a small seizure, the first sign that she was suffering from multiple brain tumors. She declined rapidly, which, for her sake, was a blessing. But she never complained, except for feeling she was being a burden on her children looking after her. 

 

On the 30 March, Good Friday, she passed away peacefully at her son’s home, surrounded by all her children and her youngest brother, Richard, who was visiting from Perth.

 

She will be sorely missed but never forgotten. May she rest in peace. 

 

Caring for our staff.

Another very successful workshop was held on Compassion Fatigue by Dr Marlet Tromp. ‘To work is to earn a living, make money or make a difference. The challenge in the SPCA is not only to deal with the magnitude of people’s emotions, but also the emotional connection with animals and their suffering. The intention of this workshop is to understand compassion fatigue and manage these emotions to work preventatively.’

What a special boy!

Thomas Kiske aged 2, brought a bag of dog for his 2nd birthday. This is just too precious.

 

Taytum and Deanne Goddard do special!

 

Taytum and Deanne Goddard had their 4th birthday, instead of presents they asked for food for the cats and dogs at the kennels. Dresden is a friend. We are low so much appreciated.

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Anne Smith - SPCA Plant Lady

Anne SmithAnne has been the driving force behind establishing our Gardeners’ Corner, firstly at Campbell Road and later at our Fundraising Centre in Main Street Howick.   She has been with us through thick and thin, planning, executing and running our highly successful plant nursery.   Anne not only sources plants from nurseries at very special prices, she also goes to Kloof SPCA to fetch loads of plants donated from their nursery and she also pots out slips, cuttings, divisions of huge matted plants and other material that is donated by gardeners.  Whatever else she does with her magic wand to produce the huge stock of fine plants, seedlings, shrubs and trees to sell at competitive prices I wouldn’t know but the measure of her success is in the band of loyal supporters who always look for their garden requirements at the SPCA Centre before they even think of going anywhere else.

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