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

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Robin Farina and Cynthia Wright

Robin Farina and Cynthia WrightMeet the ladies from our Sewing Team! Robin has been an enthusiastic volunteer for 7 years and is one of three very capable and creative ladies who run the sewing department at our Main Street Centre. She also is very actively involved in the 1000 Paws Walk every year and has worked tirelessly as part of the Catering team as well. Cynthia has been an amazing addition to the Sewing team for the past 4 years. Her sewing skills continue to be of huge assistance to us – enabling us to sell more items in our retail shops. In the 2012 year, the ladies have done wonders with all the fabric and other items that are donated to us and they spend many hours sorting through the donations that are given to us. To date, they have made 800 items of cushions, curtains, dresses and other sewing items for our shops! Well done ladies!

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