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.






1000 PAWS WALK FOR SPCA – 10th JULY 2016

The 2015 1000 Paws Walk for SPCA was a major success and was enjoyed by all who attended. We had a significant increase in attendance, with 819 dogs and their owners coming through the gates of Hilton College, a huge leap from 631 dogs in 2014. That makes it an astounding 3276 paws! We were proud to raise an impressive R264 058.66 for the local SPCA branches of uMngeni (Howick), Mooi River and Pietermaritzburg.

This fun outdoor event has become a much-loved highlight of local families and pet-owners. Everyone enjoys the fact that dogs and their owners can stroll at leisure through the lovely grounds of Hilton College, savouring the views and the chance to socialise. There are two walk options, the easy 2km ‘round the sports field’ course and the longer 4km route that overlooks the Albert Falls Dam. The entertainment, stalls, yummy eats and fun activities are also an attraction.

Best of all is the knowledge that by attending, this fun day in the sun significantly supports the three local SPCA branches, which do such an outstanding job of assisting the region’s animals. These societies work towards addressing and preventing cruelty to animals: domestic pets, livestock, wildlife, birds, reptiles, fish – any living creature. Please note that the SPCA receives no funding from national government and all SPCA branches are required to source funding from their own communities to keep their doors open.


Without our wonderful network of donors and sponsors, there would be no 1000 Paws Walk. Whether large or small, corporate or private, every individual who gives helps us to make it happen. As always, we would be most grateful for sponsorship in the form of monetary donations or prizes.


Those sponsoring R5000 or more will be allocated space to erect banners and other promotional material at the event should they so wish.


Companies making monetary donations will receive a Section 18a tax certificate.


Organisations aligning themselves with a reputable charity such as the SPCA (the country’s only animal welfare organisation gazetted into law) are viewed in a favourable light in terms of compliance with Corporate Social Responsibility requirements.


The 1000 Paws Walk will again make use of various media partners including newspapers/magazines

and radio to promote the event. The Sunday Tribune continues to be our main sponsor.


To facilitate your donation of money in support of this event, here are the relevant banking details:

Account name: SPCA Events

Acc No: 620 878 57 961

Bank:  FNB, Howick

Branch Code: 220725

Reference: Donor’s name + 1000 Paws

We hope that you will become a sponsor of the SPCA 1000 Paws Walk 2016. Your contribution will help to make a significant difference in the lives of our region’s animals of all types, shapes and sizes. In addition to aiding animal welfare every day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year, support for the SPCA facilitates outreach and educational programmes that aim to stamp out animal neglect and cruelty in the future.

We hope to hear from you soon – your earliest response will help with planning our event.

With sincere thanks, in anticipation.

Tess Fernandez

Chairperson of the 1000 Paws Organising Committee

For the SPCAs of Pietermaritzburg, Mooi River and uMngeni (Howick)

Cellphone: 076 301 4827 /  email pro@howickspca.org.za

Paws for Thought – Business Donations

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Calling all Corporate and small to middle size companies in Howick, Hilton, Midlands and Merrivale – Here’s how YOU can help our SPCA AND get money back too!

With budgets being set for the New Year and many organisations looking for a ways to reduce their tax liabilities, we would like to offer you, the corporate and small to medium business sector a way to achieve this.

Many people don’t realize that with a donation made to us, you can receive a Section 18A tax certificate that will act as a tax directive on your tax returns.

We are therefore appealing to ALL companies, individuals and small and medium business in our area of jurisdiction to please consider the uMngeni SPCA when deciding to donate money to a charity organization. As the SPCA is a Non-Profit Organisation, we are able to issue the donor with a Section 18A certificate which allows the donor to claim a tax rebate.

We have various initiatives and ways to help you decide whether you would like to include us in a donation, be it once off, or on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.

Our first initiative is our 100 Club – If a company signs up for this fundraising project, you will sign a direct debit order with a minimum contribution of R100 per month (of course this could be more) and you will automatically be entered into our monthly draw whereby one lucky member will win 10% of the entire 100 Club takings for that month. This initiative could be expanded to hold an in house competition and have as many employees sign up as possible offering a small prize for their charitable contribution. Or, the company could contribute R100 a month on behalf of their employees thus giving them the chance to win the monthly draw! We also challenge all companies to challenge one another to see how many employees and companies can sign up, all with the chance of winning prizes and getting a Section 18A tax certificate.

Another initiative is to just do a monthly debit order of a certain amount that will continue every month – this will also give you a Section 18A certificate and you will be happy to know that you are helping to feel and treat thousands of animals that come through our clinic and kennels each year.

Another way to assist us is to sponsor our 1000 Paws walk which is our biggest fundraiser of the year. If you become part of this fundraiser, you will get branding, free marketing and once again, a Section 18A certificate. Of course, we also have our Litres for Education programme which will literally cost you nothing! All you need to do is pick up a free disc from one of our local outlets or download from our website, keep it in your car and when you visit the BP garage near Fairways, hand in your disc and we will receive 10c per litre.

For more info on how YOU can help us help YOU, please contact me directly on 076 301 4827.

Let’s keep our SPCA a permanent fixture in a community that desperately needs the assistance of trained animal staff and clinic treatments. After all, isn’t that what community living is all about?

Tess Fernandez, PRO/Fundraiser for uMngeni SPCA

Paws for Thought – Howick Prep Donations


On the 2nd November the uMngeni SPCA collected dog and cat food, treats, Collars, bowls and blankets from the Howick Prep School. We estimated the total value of the donation to be approximately R15 000.00. This donation means so much to the SPCA, with the busy season approaching we need all the feed we can get, during this period we accommodate stray and surrendered animals, as well as animals who are being abused and are confiscated.

2 This iniative from the School has been taking place for approximately 25 years. It was started by Pauline Hourquebie, who was a member of the SPCA Committee.

During these early days, the SPCA had only 8 kennels, one of which was used as the cattery, no vehicle and a zero bank balance. At the same time, no animal was turned away, we were a very creative group and used the passage to accommodate animals overnight.

October is Animal month and Pauline started the collection at the school, the quantity of food received lasted us a few months. We looked forward to this donation as it meant we did not have to purchase food and the savings were
used to assist animals in need.

In time we extended the kennels to 14 and built a proper cattery, we also purchased a vehicle. The food donation from the School was much anticipated, with the increase in the number of animals to feed this donation increased and went a long way toward ensuring that the animals returned to the indigent areas were healthy and strong. Note, the money saved on not purchasing feed was used to sterilise the animals coming to us for treatment.

The uMngeni SPCA takes this opportunity to THANK the Principle, staff, pupils and a special Thank You to Pauline Hourquebie for her tireless efforts for the past 25 years.

With Pauline Hourquebie retiring at the end of this year we ask that you continue with her legacy in the years to come, the animals need your help. We challenge other Schools in Howick to follow the example set by the Howick
Prep School.

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. Mahatma Gandhi.

(Article courtesy of our Operations Manager, Dudu Abraham)

Until next time, take care
Tess Fernandez, PRO/Fundraiser for uMngeni SPCA

Merial’s new monthly chew keeps dogs tick and flea free

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Merial, maker of the trusted FRONTLINE® range, is delighted to bring South African dog owners NexGardTM. It is the first vegetable-based monthly oral chewable that is well tolerated, convenient and affordable. It kills both ticks and fleas quickly and effectively, with continued protection for a full 30 days.

We are very excited about the launch of NexGardTM and this additional no-mess, no-fuss solution it provides dog owners to protect their dogs from both ticks and fleas and the diseases associated with these parasites,” says Marianna Rossouw, Business Unit Head: PETS, Merial South Africa. It is designed with the intention to give dog owners an option to choose which ectoparasiticide will best suit their life style. Whether it be the FRONTLINE® spot-on topical treatment or the new NexGardTM chewable, both are well tolerated and highly effective.”

Having received approval from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, NexGardTM it is now available in South Africa at veterinary practices and vet shops. NexGardTM is proven to be gentle and is well tolerated by dogs when administered at the recommended treatment dose. It is quickly absorbed allowing it to be redosed should the dog vomits after the tablet has been administered.

The beef-flavoured chewable tablet is administered once a month, with or without food. NexGardTM is highly palatable to dogs, with a study showing that 90% of dogs readily accepted the chew. Entirely vegetable-based and meatless it is suitable for dogs with beef allergies and will be appropriate for vegetarian households.

Providing a more affordable option for South African dog owners, many of whom are feeling the pinch of the current economic situation, dog owners have the ability to buy a single NexGardTM treatment which eliminates the need to purchase a three-month supply upfront.

While convenient and affordable, NexGard™ works fast and effectively, providing immediate peace of mind and reassurance that the dogs are protected. NexGardTM is proven effective in treating infestations by the main species of ticks and fleas in dogs, and kills both the cat (Ctenocephalides felis) and dog (Ctenocephalides canis) flea species in South Africa.

Available in four sizes, NexGardTM has proven to be extremely effective in low doses when it comes to treating and preventing flea infestations, as well as treating and controlling ticks, in adult dogs and puppies 8 weeks and older, weighing 2kg or more. The novel active ingredient in NexGardTM afoxolaner, is a compound from the isoxazoline family, with a new and distinct mode of action, developed specifically for the treatment of fleas and ticks. In laboratory studies, NexGardTM was 100% effective in killing adult fleas within 24 hours, while providing ongoing protection against fleas for 35 days, and more than 90% effective in killing ticks within 48 hours, while providing ongoing protection against ticks for 30 days. As NexGardTM kills fleas before they lay eggs, it also prevents subsequent flea infestations after the start of treatment of existing flea infestations.

“Merial is a market leader in the protection of pets against ticks and fleas, and we have combined our years of experience and technical knowledge to develop another effective and well tolerated flea and tick solution, NexGardTM.” concludes Rossouw. “We are pleased to remain on the forefront of developing innovative new products demonstrates our commitment to the good health of animals and pet owners.”

To learn more about NexGardTM, please visit NexGardForDogs.com.

About Merial
Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-being and performance of a wide range of animals. Merial employs 6,200 people and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide with close to €2 billion of sales in 2013. Merial is a Sanofi company. More info on www.merial.com.

CONSUMER NOTICE to all Bobtail™, PNP no name™, Dogmor™ and Bonzo™ puchasers

foodcorpYou may have noticed recent media reports relating to your favourite dog food brands. Testing has revealed the potential presence of a
maize contaminant in certain batches produced in the month of June. Deoxynivalenol (DON) originates from a mould found on maize and
is likely to result in a less appetising meal for your dog.

We understand that this will concern you, but we would like to assure you that there are no severe side effects. It is possible that your pet
will either refuse to eat the food, or in the most severe case may regurgitate the food consumed.

At Foodcorp we know how much you love your pets and we are committed to ensuring that they get only the very best quality when it
comes to what they eat. For this reason we are offering you the opportunity to replace your existing bag with a fresh new bag if it was
produced during the month of June.

How would you know if your bag was manufactured during the month of June:

1. Check the manufacturing date on the bag itself – this will have the letters MANF, followed by the date that the bag was packed
and the time of production. Please check the date carefully to see whether it was manufactured between 4th of June 2014 and the
23rd of June 2014, for example:
MANF 04/06/14 15:30 – this bag of dog food was produced on the 4th of June 2014 and should be replaced.
MANF 07/MAY/14 – this bag of dog food was produced on the 7th of May 2014. This date is before the 4th of June 2014 and so this
bag of dog food will not need to be replaced.

2. If the date of manufacture falls between the 4th of June 2014 and the 23rd of June 2014, please contact our hotline number on
011 411 5555 between 8am and 5pm to receive your voucher for a free new bag of dog food.

3. Visit your local supermarket and give them the voucher in order to get your replacement bag of Bobtail™, PNP no name™, Dogmor™
or Bonzo™.

Please note that our retail partners are restocking their shelves with fresh new bags of Bobtail™, PNP no name™, Dogmor™ and Bonzo™
pet foods and any products now available in supermarkets have been assessed in terms of quality and can be purchased with the assurance
that they carry our seal of approval.

We deeply regret any inconvenience that this may have caused, and hope that you will remain loyal supporters of our brands.

For more information, you can also contact us on: 011 411 5555 or enquiries@foodcorp.co.za


Hilton College is again the fabulous venue for the annual 1000 Paws Walk for SPCA, this year sponsored by the Sunday Tribune.  As in previous years uMngeni SPCA, based in Howick, is joining forces with Mooi River & District SPCA and the Pietermaritzburg SPCA to put on another wonderful family day out, where your dogs are not only welcome but are the focus of the day.  The 4 km walk includes spectacular scenery over the Umgeni Valley and the Albert Falls Dam.  The 2 km walk caters for less active folks and dogs and is virtually level around the well-tended school sports fields.

The 1000 Paws Challenge is an obstacle course designed and built by the 1st Howick Scouts and is suitable for any and all dogs.  For a small entrance fee your dog can show how agile and clever he is and win some lovely prizes.   Dogs that have been adopted from any SPCA are invited to participate in the Best SPCA Special Class with great prizes on offer.

For the rest of the family there are great arena events lined up: demos by the Funda Nenja and Bruntville township dog training initiatives, an exciting Police Dog demo with Jack Haskins and his famous dog, Udain, live bands including the Caledonian Pipe Band and Durban Skydive CentreSky Divers who, if they land on your marker, will win you more stunning prizes.

Check out the many interesting stalls and then relax (with your dog) in the tea garden where sandwiches, homemade cakes and hot beverages, including homemade soup, will be available.   From start to finish the Azalia Rotarians will be slaving away over a hot stove producing egg and bacon rolls, burgers and hot dogs while the Howick and Hilton Lions will be supplying the chilled liquid refreshments.

There is also an amazing Raffle doing the rounds from now until the draw at 12 noon on the 13th July at the 1000 Paws Walk.   Prizes include stays for two at Pumula Beach Hotel, Lords of the Manor, Old Rearsby B&B plus many other wonderful prizes.  Tickets are only R10 and can be purchased at various outlets, including the SPCAs themselves, in Pietermaritzburg, Hilton, Howick, Nottingham Road and Mooi River.  You can also purchase your tickets by clicking the Donate Now button on this website. See instructions below. Bon chance!

1000 Paws Raffle

To enter the Raffle on-line:-

  • Click on the “Donate” button.
  • Enter your details and the amount you want to spend.
  • (NB for every R100 you spend you will get an extra ticket in the draw)
  • Under “Reference” select “Raffle”
  • The deadline for entering on-line is 4 pm on Friday 11th July 2014.

To enter the Raffle by EFT (not on our website):-

  • Pay the amount you wish (R10 per ticket plus one for every R100 spent) to uMngeni SPCA Web Account number 62323642795, FNB, Howick, Branch Code 220725, Your name and “Raffle” as reference. 
  • Email proof of payment and your name and contact details to spcamooiriver@gmail.com for attention Leigh Kotze, so your tickets can be allocated to you and we can call you when you win a prize in the draw. 
  • The deadline for entering the Raffle electronically is 4 pm on Friday 11th July 2014.

The draw is at 12 noon on Sunday 13th July 2014 at the 1000 Paws Walk, Hilton College.    You will be contacted if you win one of the great prizes.  Thanks for your support and good luck.

Sunday 13th July will be the greatest fun day for the whole family, from babies in pushchairs to auntie, grandpa and great-granny and, for once, including the canine members of the family.  Bring them all along for a great family outing in the grounds of lovely Hilton College.  Your support will help animals in need across the KZN Midlands, as the 1000 Paws Walk is the main fundraiser for the three SPCA branches covering this area.

Heather Somerville

Spring Fling – Saturday 7 September 2013

Step into Spring @ uMngeni SPCA’s SPRING FLING!! Join us on Saturday 7th September 2013 at SPCA Main Centre, 39 Main Street Howick.

For more information please contact Tess at pro@howickspca.org.za or phone the SPCA Centre on 033-330 6548

Spring Fling 2013 (a)

Family Fun at 1000 Paws Walk for SPCA

Proud winner of the Best SPCA Dog Competition 2013, Biscuit, enjoying the day with his family (from left to right), Tannit, Callum and Tiffany Hancock.

Proud winner of the Best SPCA Dog Competition 2013, Biscuit, enjoying the day with his family (from left to right), Tannit, Callum and Tiffany Hancock.

What a fabulous day it turned out to be at our annual Weekend Witness 1000 Paws Walk on Sunday the 30th June! The sun shone down upon us as hundreds of loyal SPCA supporters and their gorgeous pooches joined in a day of beautiful walks and masses of fun!

The day began with everyone (our four legged friends included) taking either a leisurely stroll of 2km around the sports fields of Hilton College or a brisk 4km walk through their lovely plantations which resulted in pink healthy cheeks from the two legged folk and smiling, panting pooches, all delighted to enjoy the perfect country day out.

In the events arena, there was plenty of entertainment to keep the spectators enthralled. The doggie demos from Funda Nenja, Bruntville and the SAAF were phenomenal, the Belly Dancers and Modern Dancers were a colourful array of delight, the Caledonian Band wowed us, the Sky Divers took our breath away with the winner of the paper plate stakes, Janet Angus, walking away with a fantastic weekend away at Bellwood Cottages for 14 people. The Tug-O-War made us laugh and we enjoyed the kids all beating the adults! Not to mention the fantastic display of Vintage Cars and Harley Davidsons gleaming in the sunshine! Delicious food hit the spot as the sounds of the talented Charles Webster and his band, Undercover, filtered through the marquee.

Other highlights of the event were the rolling plastic balls, aptly named Groovy Balls, which saw kids and adults alike rolling across the field in the ball, seeing things from a totally different perspective! The popular Paws Challenge that was set up and run by the 1st Howick Scout Troop brought proud dog owners and their dogs together as they tackled the obstacles on the course. The winning duo was Jimmy Mallett and Jemma. Over 30 stallholders sold their wares to many people looking to get in early and avoid the Christmas rush.

The arena also accommodated the event that we hold very dear to our hearts, the SPCA Dog of the Year competition whereby all dogs that are adopted from SPCA are proudly shown off by their owners. The competition was stiff as each and every pooch had their own endearing qualities that made them all rather special. Finally a decision was reached and Biscuit Hancock was pleased as punch to be announced the winner of the competition. Equally happy for the win were Biscuit’s family, Dale and Tiffany Hancock and their children, Tannit and Callum. Second place went to Liz Bull and Lucy Lieu and 3rd place was clinched by Bianca Horne and Lucy, all deserving winners without a doubt!

Huge congratulations must also go to the winner of the spectacular first prize in our 1000 Paws raffle, Lyn Zadi, who walked away with a week’s holiday at the magnificent splendour of Alpine Heath in the heart of the Drakensberg, for 6 people. Second prize winner, Colleen Andrews, was also extremely thrilled to win a weekend break at Engeleni Lodge and a Granny Mouse lunch voucher.

The sponsorships we received (cash donations and prizes) were absolutely amazing, ranging from lovely pamper goodies, luxury hampers, spa treatments, dinner vouchers, bed and breakfast vouchers, hair styling vouchers, doggie duvets, flea treatment vouchers, canopy tour vouchers and much more! We remain eternally grateful to our donors who gave so generously and supported our cause with such gusto!

Saving the best for last, we want to thank every single SPCA supporter who shared in the day with us. The PMB SPCA, uMngeni SPCA and the Mooi River SPCA would not have had the successful day we had without YOUR support and we remain indebted and thankful to you all for being the fierce animal warriors you continue to be.

Until next time, take care

Tess Fernandez, PRO/Fundraiser

uMngeni SPCA

Weekend Witness 1000 Paws Walk for SPCA, 30 June 2013

Gates open from 9am to 3pm. Walk starts between 9.30am -12.30pm. Doggie Demos, Music, Entertainment, Stalls, Food and Tea Garden & Refreshments. Join us for a Fun Family Day.

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Meet the team

Njabula Hlongwane

Njabula HlongwaneNjabula is a Receptionist and a Trainee Inspector. He helps out at the front desk with general office work and assists Jean and Linda when needed. He has been with the uMngeni SPCA for 18 months and is our friendly man who always has a smile on his face when you meet him.

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