Appreciation is always appreciated

Edward Arlington Robinson once said “ There are two kinds of gratitude – the sudden kind we feel for what we take and the larger kind we feel for what we give”  and we at the uMngeni SPCA have truly been blessed with so much kindness and support in the past couple of months, that we thought that as a picture is worth a thousand words, we would like to thank our generous donors with a photograph of sincere and grateful thanks.

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Lastly, our grateful thanks to Tania Ikin and the folk at Dunlop, Howick, for the super donation of blankets and pet food for the animals in our care. We most certainly could not do what we do without the generosity and huge support we receive from the very giving folk of Howick, Hilton and surrounds.

Until next time, take care

Tess Fernandez, PRO/Fundraiser for uMngeni SPCA

School girls use their 67 minutes (and more!) to raise funds for Mandela Day!

Janet, Shania, Rebecca, Kirstie and Natalie set up a stand during the holidays and sold their wares to passers by! What a good idea!

Janet, Shania, Rebecca, Kirstie and Natalie set up a stand during the holidays and sold their wares to passers by! What a good idea!

The act of charity was alive and kicking here in Howick as 6 girls decided to make some money through the sale of cakes, muffins and all sorts of other food goodies to sell on the side of their road. Their parents initially thought this was to raise pocket money for the girls to indulge in clothes and sweets.

As it turned out, the girls had no such intentions! Their main reason and motivation behind it was, in the words of Natalie Rohrs, “to put a stop to all the species of animals that had to be put down on a weekly basis because the SPCA could not find the owner or feed the animals and that is not acceptable!” What wise and wonderful words from dear Natalie.

The girls, all from Laddsworth, decided on their own accord that they would bake muffins, cakes, make jelly and all kinds of goodies that they dreamt up on the way to raise funds for us here at the uMngeni SPCA. They stood on the road for days during the school holidays to raise the funds for the SPCA. What amazing dedication to such a good cause. The animals in our care will be happy to know that we have such fierce animal warriors in our midsts!

The girls raised a hefty amount of R1345!! They tell me that all the passers by were very generous and must have been animal lovers like themselves!

Thumbs up girls! Kirstie Lowe, Tess Fernandez ( PRO/Fundraiser for uMngeni SPCA) and Natalie Rohrs. The girls and their friends raised R1300 for the SPCA recently.

Thumbs up girls! Kirstie Lowe, Tess Fernandez ( PRO/Fundraiser for uMngeni SPCA) and Natalie Rohrs. The girls and their friends raised R1300 for the SPCA recently.

Natalie Rohrs and Kirstie Lowe handed the money over to the SPCA centre where they also received a letter of thanks and an Animal Warrior certificate. The other girls could unfortunately not be present but they also received letters of thanks and certificates. Well done to Natalie, Kirstie, Ashleigh, Janet, Shania, Rebecca and Shania for all your efforts. You are inspiration and we hope other children will do something like you did.

Look out for news on our SPCA Cupcake Day on the 5th October. School kids will be asked to either individually or as a team, make cupcakes and sign our pledge form, pledging the money they raise from the sale of their cupcakes to the SPCA.  The more cupcakes you make and how you decorate them will go a long way to helping you raise more money for us and if your cupcakes are judged the most beautifully decorated cupcakes, you will win an awesome prize! You will also win a great prize for selling the most cupcakes! So mark the 5th of October as Cupcake Day, start asking mum and dad to buy ingredients and get baking nearer the time. If you want to sign the pledge, it will be available at our centre at 39 Main Street on the 15th of August. Then you can go forth and bake and sell!! On Cupcake day, we will have a table at the same centre where your donations can be brought in.

Until next time, take care

Tess Fernandez, PRO/Fundraiser for uMngeni SPCA

SPCA Supporters Give Generously

How lucky and blessed are we, to have the most giving, loyal supporters of our Society in the entire world! We have had a bumper month of blanket and pet food donations and we think it’s only fitting that we gratefully thank our friends with an issue of photos showing all the gorgeous blankets and food donations we have received.

Madeline Oellermann, head of Drama at Epworth School, organised a blanket drive which saw 50 super warm blankets being divided between uMngeni SPCA and PMB SPCA. Madeline issues a challenge to all other schools to match or better this donation. Thank you so much Madeline and Epworth scholars. You all deserve a Gold medal!

Madeline Oellermann, head of Drama at Epworth School, organised a blanket drive which saw 50 super warm blankets being divided between uMngeni SPCA and PMB SPCA. Madeline issues a challenge to all other schools to match or better this donation. Thank you so much Madeline and Epworth scholars. You all deserve a Gold medal!

Carla Hardman from UDW Consulting initiated a blanket drive at her work which resulted in uMngeni SPCA being donated a snuggly load of blankets and some much appreciated dog food. Thank you UWP, for being such huge animal warriors!

Carla Hardman from UDW Consulting initiated a blanket drive at her work which resulted in uMngeni SPCA being donated a snuggly load of blankets and some much appreciated dog food. Thank you UWP, for being such huge animal warriors!

Mrs Renee Karssing from Clifton Preparatory was kind enough to request all the little pupils to donate pet food to ensure the animals in our care are well fed during the cold months of winter. We received bags and bags of food from all the children! Well done and thank you Clifton! They now challenge all other schools to please arrange pet food drives to help us help all the animals in need

Mrs Renee Karssing from Clifton Preparatory was kind enough to request all the little pupils to donate pet food to ensure the animals in our care are well fed during the cold months of winter. We received bags and bags of food from all the children! Well done and thank you Clifton! They now challenge all other schools to please arrange pet food drives to help us help all the animals in need

 

 

To each and every supporter, great or small, we salute you and thank you for being the glue that keeps us going and for being so charitable. They say charity begins at home and we feel very blessed to have such a large and giving community that we are proud to call our family.

Until next time, take care

Tess Fernandez, PRO/Fundraiser for uMngeni SPCA

The differences between SPCA and Funda Nenja

“Are they the same organisations?” many people ask – the simple answer is no, they are two different organisations.

Both organisations are NPO’s and both address aspects of animal welfare BUT, in two totally different ways and at very different levels.

SPCA and Funda Nenja operate from two separate locations.

Allow me to clarify the differences between them in a simple list:

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  •  Our mission is in our name “The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals”
  • It provides 24 hour service responding to cruelty reports and other pleas for assistance for any other animal related problems
  • We are pro-active in serving the animal kingdom throughout its huge area of jurisdiction and beyond
  • A large part of our work involves assisting animals in indigent communities.
  • SPCA’s fundraising efforts and their events are solely for the purpose of the SPCA to allow the continuation of the organisation and their mission.

FUNDA NENJA

  • Funda Nenja’s two objectives are the following:
  1. To promote the human-canine bond in previously disadvantaged communities by using  dog training classes as a means to develop respect and compassion for all living things
  2. To raise awareness of animal welfare, and develop each participating individual in terms of self-discipline, responsibility and goal setting via the constructive, useful leisure activity of dog handling.
  3. Any fundraising that Funda Nenja does, is solely used for their objectives

uMngeni SPCA and Funda Nenja do have a symbiotic relationship in that the SPCA visits the training classes given by Funda Nenja every week, which is very reassuring. Dogs in need on veterinary attention are taken in by the SPCA, treated, sterilised and returned to their owners. The SPCA identifies animals in need of sterilisation and Funda Nenja has a policy that no dog can progress beyond the beginner class unless it has been sterilised.

Until next time, take care.

Tess Fernandez

PRO/Fundraiser for uMngeni SPCA

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Celebrating years of selfless service to uMngeni SPCA

Horace Vilakazi and Anne Smith with the beautifully hand painted plaque that holds pride of place next to Anne’s bench in our Gardener’s Corner.

Horace Vilakazi and Anne Smith with the beautifully hand painted plaque that holds pride of place next to Anne’s bench in our Gardener’s Corner.

The uMngeni SPCA recently held an informal tea to honour and thank the very special volunteers that work at our SPCA Centre and have been selflessly serving our Society for many, many years.

Anne Smith 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 plants from other nurseries at very special prices, but 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 kindly 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 needs at the SPCA Centre before they even think of going anywhere else.

Anne was honoured for her years of dedicated service with a magnificent hand painted plaque and a lovely stone bench that will now hold pride of place in our Gardeners Corner and be known as “Anne’s Nook.” Horace Vilakazi, a valued member of our team and Anne’s right hand man was also thanked for his loyal service.

The tea also served to thank other very special volunteers that have done so much to allow our Society to flourish under difficult economic circumstances and other trying times. They have dedicated hours and hours of their personal time, to our SPCA, showing only care, concern and love for the animals that we are dedicated to helping. Their smiles and happy banter whenever they are around make them an absolute pleasure to work with every day.

Jenny Rooken-Smith, who lovingly takes care of our book section of the SPCA was also honoured with a beautiful wooden plaque. Her room where she sorts out all the many books we receive, will now be known as the “Jenny Rooken-Smith Room.” It is not an easy task maintaining, sorting and arranging the collection of books, yet Jenny does it with complete ease and care.

The other key volunteers that help and take care of our SPCA Centre, were all thanked with an exquisite hand painted plaque that holds pride of place in our reception area at the SPCA centre. It reads “This plaque commemorates all the many hours that so many caring people spend assisting our SPCA, each in their own special way.”

Thank you to each and every person that volunteers to assist us with stamping out neglect, abuse and cruelty to animals.

Please note that our Howick SPCA retail shop that was located in the Spar Centre in Harvard Street has moved to 10 Main Street in Howick, opposite Capitec Bank. There is ample parking available behind the building.

Until next time, take car

PRO for uMngeni SPCA

Saying NO to Fireworks

NoToFireworksWe recently held our International Animal week and part of our theme for this week was making people aware of the dangers of fireworks to animals.

Its Guy Fawkes Day, Diwali and New Year soon and these days are especially of concern to us.  I am still not entirely sure why we even celebrate Guy Fawkes Day as it originated in Britain and does not really concern us South Africans in any which way! We receive many calls of lost animals and even injured ones during this time. An animal that is terrified of the noise will try and escape and run away. It then could be injured whilst trying to escape or whilst they are on the run.  Many potentially fatal situations arise from these loud fireworks.

What humans perceive as a loud bang up in the sky, animals perceive as rather a resounding bomb. To them it truly feels like the world is ending. They start to shiver, whine, cry and their hearts race. They cannot understand that those bangs are not going to hurt them. They are simply terrified. They will try and run from what they think, is dangerous. Loud, sudden bangs and booms are like living in a war zone to a sensitive animal.

We don’t like it when our loved one’s experience extreme fear so why should we want to allow our beloved pets to experience this? It is unkind, thoughtless and irresponsible.

Please say NO to loud fireworks! The bright, fun, dazzling ones are ok but the noisy ones really frighten the living daylights out of animals.

If anyone in your neighbourhood lets off loud fireworks and your dog or cat is afraid, please find them a dark, quiet corner in your home where they will be safe. Close the curtains, put on the radio or tv and give them lots of attention and love.

No-one is allowed to let off fireworks on a road, so please report this if it is taking place. Children are also not allowed to buy or let off fireworks. No-one is allowed to buy fireworks from a street vendor either. Licenses must be produced by anyone selling fireworks. The Police may be called in if any of these rules are broken.

So, with the “silly season” just around the corner, please be extra protective of your pets and enjoy the bright and dazzling fireworks safely and quietly.

If any problems with animals and fireworks do arise, please contact us on
033 – 330 4557.

Until next time, take care

Tess Fernandez, PRO for uMngeni SPCA

Helping Beyond Borders

A team of inspectors from the National Council of SPCA’s Farm Animal Unit went into Botswana to assist in an emergency situation after a truck carrying cattle from Namibia to a feedlot in Mpumalanga had overturned in the vicinity of Kayne in southern Botswana.

The accident had occurred in the early morning of 16 March. The NSPCA was advised of the situation at 15h30 that day by our government’s National Department of Agriculture who requested assistance.

As the South African State Veterinary Services worked to make contact with their counterparts in Botswana. The NSPCA telephoned the SPCA in Gaberone. The NSPCA was advised that they only deal with domestic animals. Contact was made with the SPCA employee who was “on the road” a mere 85km away who advised that the emergency situation was too far away and that they didn’t deal with instances of that kind.

The NSPCA had already dispatched a team as we believe that animals always need to be given the benefit of any doubt. Some may still have been alive and needing assistance. It was around 300km from the NSPCA to the border alone and a further estimated 115km into Botswana.

Contact was made with Willie Booysen, the owner of Booysens Transport in Namibia, the company transporting the animals and also the owner of the cattle. He thought that the animals had been off-loaded and were safe. His understanding was that the animals would be returned to Namibia the following day as the feedlot in Mpumalanga had subsequently declined the “consignment”. A relief truck had been organised to collect the cattle and return them to Namibia.

The NSPCA team arrived to find that State Veterinarians from Botswana had off-loaded whatever animals they could. Local people had assisted in this regard. 17 animals were dead on the truck and 11 had to be put down to end their suffering. These animals were trapped beneath dead animals and were found by the NSPCA inspectors when they arrived on 17 March, some 28 hours after the accident.

The injured animals had not been put down by the veterinarians on the scene or by the police on 16 March as they did not have equipment to do so. That is, twenty eight hours after the trauma of the accident, injured cattle were still alive and suffering. Equipment brought to the scene by the NSPCA was used by the NSPCA personnel to put those animals out of their suffering humanely.

Senior Inspector Grace de Lange described the scene. “There was one cow with one leg half-sheared off, simply missing. Off-loaded animals lay with broken limbs. Injuries to animals still in the truck included broken limbs, head injuries, eye injuries and general trauma. The animals had not had water since they left Namibia on Tuesday morning until they were reached by the NSPCA on the Thursday morning. The truck was in full sunlight and the weather was hot to say the least.”

“The veterinarians on the scene agreed that the animals required water as a matter of urgency. It is very hard to even begin to describe the suffering and mayhem we experienced.”

The NSPCA openly asks how long those animals would have still been left to suffer if our team had not travelled to Botswana from Gauteng with the necessary equipment and a willingness to assist.

In addition, it is time that all vehicles/transporters carrying animals should have emergency equipment and the driver and co-driver should be trained to destroy animals that are so blatantly suffering. The transportation of animals from Namibia and Botswana and exported to other countries should be outlawed. The NSPCA intends to take this matter further.

To date, no response or enquiry has been received from the SPCA in Botswana which should be there for ALL ANIMALS. The NSPCA has always supported and assisted the SPCA in Botswana and has always assured them that our channels of communication are always open. It appears to be one-way communication.

The N SPCA works to protect and assist all species of animal. We respond to emergency situations including those across our borders when animals need help.

Thoughts go out to the individuals who work in such tragic situations.

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Edith PowellEdith is a key volunteer who plays a valuable role as Secretary of the Events Committee, Co-Chairperson of the Catering Sub-Committee and also assists in our Library. She is a huge asset to us in every way.

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