A Warm Doggy Breath Thank You

Our recent appeal for pet food, blankets and doggy jackets has elicited a wonderful response from far and wide.   Caring people have dropped off cans and packets of cat, kitten, dog and puppy food all of which is consumed with great relish by the animals in our care.    We are handling more and more animals which of course means we are always going to need a steady supply of food.  Advit Animal Nutrition, based in Howick, have committed to donating 10x 20kg bags of dog food per month.  This extremely generous donation will make a huge difference to our constant search for food.

From further afield SGX Logistics in New Germany having been donating cat and dog cans to us for years.   We somehow lost touch with them for a while but recently renewed contact and a drive to Pinetown was very well worthwhile as we came back with a full load of canned pet food.

Another extremely long journey undertaken by Dudu, Sandile and Michael was to the Kokstad Prison to collect a large number of donated blankets of unknown quality.  They set off early in two vehicles with a trailer and by the time they arrived home late that day, utterly exhausted, they had brought back a thousand perfectly good blankets to be distributed between all 17 SPCAs in KZN at the forthcoming Regional meeting.   We are all indebted to the powers that be in Correctional Services, Kokstad.

Blankets and dog coats have also been arriving from other quarters and we know of many ladies who are unable to assist us actively any more but who are sewing or knitting for our animals of all shapes and sizes.

We would also like to thank SAPLA Timbers in the Dargle who donate shavings for cat litter.   They even deliver it at no cost to us.   Other companies we approached wanted us to pay for the shavings and to collect it ourselves.   Thank you SAPLA Timbers, your kind support is truly valued.

What a wonderful caring world it is out there.   When we ask for help it comes from individuals, businesses, even government institutions.   Our most sincere thanks go out to one and all.

Heather Somerville, PRO, uMngeni SPCA

Meet the team

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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