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.

 

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NUISANCE ANIMALS

 

With the recent attack of Nicki Brighton by five dogs, the SPCA has been inundated with calls regarding dogs causing a problem on the road.

The SPCA does not have a mandate to deal with this problem, as it falls within the ambit of the local Municipality. The animals are termed Nuisance animals in the By-Laws.

The SPCA has a Small Animal Pound Agreement with the local Municipality to house and care for stray dogs only, we are paid by the Municipality for this service. This agreement does not include cats as they are difficult to confine. It also does not cover the catching of stray dogs.
Unless a stray is confined the SPCA will not go out, trying to catch a dog running on the road is a waste of time, fuel and vehicle wear and tear.

We work with the Municipality to resolve the issue of problem dogs. The Municipality has to engage with the owner, the animals are either surrended to the SPCA or are housed for a specific period of time, to give the owner the opportunity to mend the fence. The owner is responsible for the Boarding fee.

If you own a dog it is your responsibility to ensure that your property is adequately fenced to keep the animal confined. It should not be able to escape and harass the public. It must also be noted that should a dog attack a person, another dog under control or cause a motor vehicle accident, the owner is responsible for all costs incurred. The Court can also impose a prison sentence or a fine. They can also make an order whereby the owner will not be allowed to own any dog, for a period of time.

As to livestock roaming the street destroying gardens, causing a danger to road users, this is also a matter for the Municipality. Each Municipality should have both a Small and Large Animal Pound, the SPCA cannot assist with the impounding of livestock as we do not have the facilities.

Should you experience a problem with dogs on the road, we suggest that you contact both the Municipality and the SPCA. We can then record the complaint for future reference as in the recent case. The Municipality can be contacted on 033 2399216 email seniorsup.office@umngeni.gov.za

Dudu

 

Hilton College Donation

NEWNHAM HOUSE HILTON COLLEGE donated a substantial amount of food and other items such as blankets and toys. We collected the first amount and they kindly brought the balance over 2 days.

A huge THANK YOU to Newnham House for being such AWESOME ANIMAL

WARRIORS and for caring so deeply about animal welfare. The boys did an outstanding job!!

This huge donation has taken a load off our shoulders. Due to their donation we also managed to sterilize some Outreach dogs this morning (see pic enclose).

We are incredibly grateful to these young men who are the caretakers of animals’ in the future.

Our letter of thanks is attached as well.

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WHY DOESN’T UMNGENI SPCA POST ITS PETS THAT ARE UP FOR ADOPTION ON FACEBOOK AND OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA SITES?

Every SPCA’s primary function is not Homing Animals it is Preventing Cruelty.  However we do re-home animals that have been rescued by us or relinquished to us if we judge them to be potentially good family pets.   We are extremely selective over who may adopt which animals from us.   We want to be as certain as possible that the new owners will provide their adopted animals with a loving home for life.

We endeavour to maintain a watching brief over all our adopted animals which is why our animals may not be re-homed outside our area of jurisdiction unless another SPCA agrees to take on responsibility for those animals.   We do not re-home pets to areas where there is no SPCA to undertake this monitoring role.

We encourage people from within our area to adopt an animal from us when they have made a conscious decision to get a new pet.   Photos and profiles of the animals available are posted on our website and in the local weekly newspaper.

Pictures of cute kittens and adorable puppies with heartrending stories being circulated to thousands of “friends” amounts to emotional blackmail.   Many feel they must “save” these animals.   The animals in our care have, in fact, already been saved by the SPCA – now they are waiting for just the right people to visit the SPCA specifically looking for just the right pet to join their family.

Facebook and other social networking groups are great tools for promoting the SPCA cause but not, in our opinion, for the important and serious task of re-homing our precious animals.

 

Thank You Tea for SPCA Centre Volunteers

“The uMngeni SPCA held an informal tea on the 27th March 2013, to thank and honour the special volunteers that work so tirelessly at our Main St centre and have done so for many, many years. Thank You to you all, for making such a huge difference to our Society. We could not do it without you.”

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All Creatures Matter

beetle2In line with all creatures matter – recycling is a good way to provide for many creatures. This Volks-wagon has become a Chooks-wagon. Don’t just think outside the box but step outside the box and come up with useful ideas to assist many different animals.

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Meet the team

Eric Jensen

Eric : Finance

Eric : Finance

Eric is the SPCA’s newly appointed Accountant and is the main man when it comes to ensuring our books remain balanced and our budget remains stable. He brings years of accounting experience with him and is a very important asset to our Society.

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