New Displays In Our Libraries

We have new displays up in our libraries in our area (Howick, Howick West, Hilton and Mpophomeni) in support of the NSPCA’s ongoing drive to ban caged and chained wild animals in circuses.

Please go and have a look at them when you next go to the library. We hope it will create a lot of awareness against this awful practice.

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Annual Bequest Luncheon

On the 3rd May 2013, uMngeni SPCA hosted their annual Bequest Luncheon in the beautiful surroundings of St Ives Country Estate. The weather was lovely and sunny and so were the smiles on all our guests’ faces. They enjoyed a delicious 3 course meal prepared by St Ives, and Guest Speaker, Dr Leon Grove, a Clinical Psychologist from Pmb, spoke of the stresses of life today and methods to balance and counteract the effects of this. 80 guests attended and were given a super placemat of photos from “Old Howick” as a gift of thank you to them for their on-going support and generosity.

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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Butterflies Are Not Just Insects

butterflyThe NSPCA is against the practice of buying & releasing butterflies at weddings & other celebrations. Why you may ask? There are a few reasons for this. These butterflies are ordered from the supplier who then packages them in envelopes & sends them to you. This causes a number of concerns including varying ranges in temperature & light. During transportation the butterflies also stand the risk of being crushed. In addition most of the releases take place at times when butterflies are not normally active, this results in many of them dying on release. Butterflies are not just insects, they are living creatures that bring beauty to our lives. They need our protection.

We appeal to you not to support this inhumane practice that exploits this delicate & magnificent creation.

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Awesome evening at “Riding the Storm”!

Untitled-1WOW!!! What an AWESOME evening we all had last night at our “Riding the Storm” with Peter and Kim Van Ketz, Cheese and Wine fundraiser! Absolutely fabulous support from our public which made it truly an event to remember!

Peter and Kim blew us all away with their accounts of their awe-inspiring, life changing expeditions and journeys! Massive big THANK YOU’s to this dynamic, warm hearted couple for sharing the evening with us and for supporting our cause!

To St. Ives Country Estate for their exceptional hospitality and generosity (and much much more!!), Indezi River Cheeses for the delicious array of cheeses on offer, Abindgon Wine Estate for the fabulous donation of autographed (John Plumtree, Pat Lambie and Keegan Daniels) bottles of wine and Romesco Olives for yummy olives, our grateful THANKS for your support and kindness. And to our wonderful and loyal supporters, we SO appreciate each and everyone of you! ♥ ♥ ♥

Love and Life – World Sterilisation Month is here!

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It makes us only too happy to be able to raise the level of awareness on the necessity of having your pets sterilised. All too often, we see hundreds of unwanted puppies and kittens suffering from hunger, thirst, exposure, abuse, neglect and indifference. Our primary focus is on preventing cruelty to animals and when they fall prey to these important tools of survival and health, it is most certainly a very big issue for us. Only we humans can ultimately give animals a chance at a healthy and happy existence.

All baby animals are cute and cuddly, but, they rapidly grow into adults which, without intervention, will soon produce litter after litter of progeny for which there will be many left without a caring, loving, responsible home.

Unwanted litters are also susceptible to internal and external parasites, skin diseases and broken bones for which they will seldom, if ever, receive veterinary treatment. Other illnesses also include venereal and skin diseases, pneumonia, malnutrition and any other passing disease against which they have no immunity or protection. The females give birth repeatedly to litters of more unwanted offspring and search endlessly for anything to eat to keep themselves alive and to produce milk for their young at the expense of their own condition. It becomes a vicious circle of ill health, starvation and disease. It is up to us to be part of the solution, not the problem.

To begin with, we need to be wise. Knowing the ins and outs of the sterilisation process and actively supporting it, is exceptionally important. Being a responsible pet owner is imperative to the quality of life of your pet.

Female dogs and cats should be sterilised at any time from 8 weeks to 6 months, before they have their first season, or heat, under the advisement of the veterinarian. Male dogs should be neutered once their testicles are visible. Apart from preventing cruelty, there are many other benefits of sterilisation. These include major health benefits such as a huge reduction of cancer in the reproductive organs. It also eliminates the risk of sexually transmitted diseases. Animals maintain much better body condition on the same amount of food and they have less desire to roam, therefore reducing the risk of accidents and injuries. Their temperaments tend to be more even too.

Remember that animals don’t think or reason as we do. They will not feel “deprived” by being “childless” or not mating. These buttons will be “switched off” and they will accept things the way they are without regret or complaint.

We have informative library displays on Sterilisation at the Howick, Howick West, Hilton and Mpophomeni libraries throughout the month of February. World Spay day falls on the 26th February and we will be drawing our winners of our free competition at 12 Noon on that day. Support these displays and competition by filling in an entry form at any of the aforementioned libraries or at your vet. Please also consult your vet for discounts on sterilisations during this month! Don’t delay, Spay!!

Until next time, take care

Tess Fernandez, PRO for uMngeni SPCA

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