You Can Be An Animal Warrior

warriorThe SPCA can only be strong and effective with your support.   We have the expertise, the contacts and the passion to tackle any animal welfare issues but we rely on you to be our eyes and ears throughout our vast area.   It is caring members of the public who need to inform us of animals in trouble.   I recently spotted a calf wandering on the N3 near the Prospect Road on ramp.   When I phoned the uMngeni SPCA I was pleased to hear that our Inspector was already on her way as another member of the public had already called in about the calf.

Another hero in our eyes is Mr Musa Mdluli who was recently collecting firewood in the plantations near Sunfield Home when he came across an Alsatian caught round the neck in a wire snare.   He could have shrugged his shoulders and left the dog to die.  A long drawn out, useless, struggle to free itself would have ended in the dog dying of dehydration and starvation.  Mr Mdluli’s heart went out to the hapless dog but he could not free him alone so he abandoned his important search for firewood and went to the main road to flag down someone who could assist him.   Not many were prepared to stop for him but two people did and they called the SPCA.   Mr Mdluli said he would wait so that he could show the SPCA where the dog was snared.   When SPCA Field Officer Jabulani Mshengu arrived a party of four made their way into the plantation to the dog’s rescue.

The dog did not seem to understand that this rescue party represented his only hope and he certainly did not make it easy for them to cut the snare which was embedded in his neck.   He had to be restrained and physically carried through the trees to the SPCA vehicle, no mean feat even for four of them. Back at the kennels, the dog was treated and taken care of, and as he was unfortunately, not claimed, after his pound period was over, he was successfully rehomed.

For Mr Mdluli’s determination to get help for a dog that was doomed to a horrible, slow death we wanted to publicly acknowledge his selfless act.  We invited him to our Spring Fling where we presented him with a Certificate of Appreciation and a privately donated gift.   He is our Animal Warrior.

Any and every one of you can be an Animal Warrior just by reporting animal neglect and cruelty to the SPCA on 033 330 4557.

Heather Somerville,

Executive Committee member

Ps – if you are looking for a light read, don’t forget we have loads of magazines (local and international) for sale at our Main Street Centre in Howick – 39 Main Street.

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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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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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

Meet the team

Linda Freer - Animal Care Assistant

Linda FreerHer duties include assisting at both our veterinary clinic and at the Shelter.   She keeps fit running between the two areas and still manages to remain calm and efficient.   Linda is always cheerful and is a huge asset to our organization.