About Us

Who are We?

Our Society is a Branch of a national network of SPCAs in South Africa. We adhere to strict policies and protocols monitored by our National Council, the NSPCA, which is our umbrella body, based in Johannesburg. We are also part of a world wide network of SPCAs originally founded in Britain in the 19th Century.

The uMngeni (formerly Howick) SPCA has been tackling the problems of neglect, abuse and cruelty to animals in the greater Howick District since its formation in 1968.

Starting from scratch, this Society has grown slowly but surely over the years and, with the goodwill and support of animal lovers in the area, will continue to reach out to the ever increasing number of animals needing help far into the foreseeable future.

Where do we Operate?

Our area of jurisdiction falls within the uMngeni Municipal boundaries (with the exception of Otto’s Bluff which comes under the Pietermaritzburg SPCA and Nottingham Road which falls under Mooi River SPCA). Our area therefore includes Howick, Hilton, Cedara, Mpophomeni, Haza, Impendle, Dargle, Lidgetton, Balgowan, Karkloof and everything in between.

What do we do?

We pride ourselves on bring a very proactive and highly motivated Branch of the SPCA. Our activities include:-

Cruelty Investigations: Any report of cruelty, neglect or abuse of any animal will be fully investigated and we will not hesitate to prosecute if necessary.

Veterinary Clinic: We employ a veterinarian to run our own in-house clinic for the animals from our indigent communities.

Outreach Clinics: We regularly take our services out to the communities in the far corners of our area. On these occasions we treat sick animals, bring back females for spaying and advise owners on all aspects of their animals’ welfare.

Small Animal Pound: We assist the uMngeni Municipality by dealing with all stray and abandoned dogs and cats within our joint area of jurisdiction.

Re-homing Animals: We put up for adoption suitable unclaimed strays and relinquished pets. We inspect prospective new homes for suitability for the proposed animal and we also make courtesy calls to new owners to offer advice or assistance and to ensure that their new pet has settled in happily.

Education: If prevention of cruelty is our goal then education is the route to take. We try to reach as many children as possible with the message of compassion and caring for all animals. We have a team of dedicated volunteers and staff members who visit schools and we encourage school visits and see for themselves what we do.

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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Lots of people talk to animals.... Not very many listen, though.... That's the problem. ~Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

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We support ONLY the circuses that DO NOT use animals of any kind to entertain the crowds. The use of wild animals in Circus acts is inhumane

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did you know ~ Elephants weigh about 5000kg, cows can weigh around 4000 to 5000kg! Like humans, Ellies tend to be right handed.Clever Ellie!

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It's raining, it's pouring...keep your pets cosy and warm with a blanket or two and give them lots of cuddles! <3

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"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."

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