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.

Tin and Trolley Drive

On Saturday the 17th of March, the uMngeni SPCA held their annual Tin and Trolley Drive. This event was exceptionally well run by the Events Group organisers, along with their helpers. There were collection points at both Pick and Pays in Howick, as well as Spar and Woolworths in Hilton.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the public, who never hesitate to make very generous donations of food and money. These will be put to good use at the uMngeni SPCA Kennels, to ensure that our beloved animals receive the care that they deserve.

Sharyn Taylor

PRO uMngeni SPCA 

Calves Tied Down On Bakkie.

On the 15th March Renee Karssing (check spelling on events Comm) observed a bakkie leaving Greendale with calves tied down.

Njabulo Hlongwane responded and stopped them on Main Road.

He informed me that they had 6 calves with the hind and fore limbs tied together with twine.

He was told to bring the bakkie to the SPCA.

Jabulani Mshengu and I inspected the animals and found the manner of transportation and the confinement of the calves unacceptable.

The driver was told that he cannot transport them in the current vehicle and needs to hire a trailer.

The calves were off loaded and housed at the clinic were we have shelter for small livestock.

The driver was issued with a warning and informed that should we find him transporting any livestock in an unsuitable vehicle,

charges in terms of the Animals Protection Act will be laid against him.

At 16.20 a vehicle arrived to fetch the calves, we were informed that they were going to adjust the seats so that they can accommodate the 6 calves.

We asked them if they think we are stupid, there was no way they are going to transport the calves to Impendle in that fancy vehicle.

They will go down the road and transfer the calves back into the bakkie and tie their limbs again. Unless they come with suitable transport,

the calves will not be released.

The calves were fed 2 litres each of calf feed. They were settled in. The one calve decided I was his mother and would not leave me.

When I left he came to the fence and followed bellowing as only calves can do. Once I gave him my fingers he was calm again.

Today that they 2 litres each breakfast and lunch. They not been collected as yet, if they are not we will house them in our isolation block over night as the weather is miserable.

 

Dudu

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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