Functions & Events

Finding ways of raising funds is a constant ongoing endeavour. Our Events Sub-Committee meets regularly brainstorming ideas for new and innovative functions that will attract people, be memorable and fun, while at the same time swelling our coffers so that we can keep increasing the scope of our work with needy animals.

Over the last few years regular such events on our calendar have included:-

Valentine’s Day Tea – 14th February 2015

9am to 11am at SPCA Centre, 39 Main Street, Howick. Tea/Coffee/Juice and Eats for sale. A lovely morning in celebration of the love and affection we have for all our furry friends.

Township Dogshow – Date to be confirmed for May 2015

The Sunday Tribune 1000 Paws Walk for SPCA – 12th July 2015:

With five years of ever-increasing popularity, attendance and support, the SPCA’s annual 1000 Paws Walk is firmly entrenched as a highlight of the KZN Midlands’ events calendar. It’s a relaxed day enjoyed by animal-lovers, outdoor activity fans, and families looking for a good time in beautiful, safe country surroundings. The fact that by attending, their good time supports the three SPCA branches of the area is a heightened appeal!

With sustained media coverage and word-of-mouth support, the 2014 1000 Paws Walk was bigger and better than before. There was a 26% increase in the number of people who attended, up to 932 people (which had a huge impact on gate takings) and 17% more dogs (an amazing 631) – if you work it out that’s far more than the 1000 paws of the event title! Over R160 000 was raised.

The 1000 Paws Walk is the major annual fundraising event for the three branches of the SPCA that cover the central Midlands region: the Pietermaritzburg, uMngeni (Howick) and Mooi River & District SPCAs. Between them, these societies work towards preventing cruelty to animals, including 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 survive.

The event takes place on 12th July 2015 at Hilton College, bring all your friends and family and don’t forget your favourite pooches! It promises to be a bumper one this year! Watch the press and other social media platforms for all the details!

Spring Fling 5th September 2015:

Our Spring Fling’s main emphasis is on plants for all those gardens awakening after the winter freeze.  In addition to our well stocked shelves catering to all reading tastes we also have tables of miscellaneous books selling at ridiculous prices. We will hold an exciting raffle at our Spring Fling. We will be having stall holders. We will also be holding great arena events this year as well as talks by plant and reptile experts and other expert speakers.

The public and schools will be asked to pledge to bake a batch of cupcakes (we will have pledge forms at all our outlets and the schools) for the Cupcake Day and will then be asked to sell their cupcakes and donate their sales to uMngeni SPCA. We will hold a cupcake making day and prizes will be given to the person who sells the most cupcakes and for the most innovative cupcakes made. The drive is to get younger folk involved in this fun event. Delicious Cupcakes will be available for sale on the same day.

Animal Week Street Collection – 3rd October 2015

In conjunction with Animal Week from the 4th October to 12th October 2015, we will be out and about in Howick, Merrivale and Hilton with our collection tins, collecting money for the animals in our care. This is an opportunity for young and old to make a contribution, great or small to the welfare of animals in need.

Volunteers Christmas Party – 14 th November 2015:

This party is held to thank all our selfless and generous volunteers that give up their time and offer their expertise to us freely and happily. Anyone can become a volunteer – click here to read more.

Tree of Love – One week in December:

This has become a very popular annual event and involves 2 trees being taken to various shop outlets on various days where handmade cards can be bought for R5 and put on our trees. People can commemorate pets or people past or present. Tree of Love in December 2014, brought it a whopping R16144.50 and we are very thankful and appreciative to our community for supporting this heart-warming initiative.

We have some new and exciting events and projects coming up this year and we look forward to, and thank you, for your continued support.


Other ways of raising funds include:

  • Raffles where we raise several thousand rands a time. The prizes for Raffles are always amazing donations of all manner of items and for these we are most grateful. We also give sincere thanks to those people and businesses who sell tickets on our behalf.
  • Our Fireside jars which people have in their homes for all those nuisance coins weighing down their pockets and purses. Please ask at any of our outlets for your own Fireside jar to collect coins for the uMngeni SPCA. It’s amazing how they mount up and every little bit helps animals.
  • Collection tins in shops and businesses throughout our area. Please pop your small change into one of our tins if you have a chance.
  • My School/My Village/My Planet cards are a really easy way to give to your favourite charity at absolutely no cost to yourself. You can download the form here, complete it and hand it in at your local Woolworths or post it off. Once you receive your card just remember to swipe it at the till every time you shop at participating stores and the store will donate a percentage of your spend to the SPCA. How cool is that?

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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