Be a proud volunteer.  The uMngeni SPCA must be one of the most fortunate SPCAs anywhere.   We have an incredible pool of volunteers.   If we had to pay people to do all the work done by our different volunteers we would have gone bust long ago.   In fact it was the volunteers who rescued us from the brink of just such a fate in 1996.

The volunteers are the saviours of our Society and we love, honour and respect each one of you.   Some just do a couple of hours every now and again others work a four hour shift once a week in one of our shops.   Some work at home, others at the kennels, yet others at functions and events.   Put it all together and we make an amazing team.

There are many ways you can “do your bit” for animals.   Some people love the hands on approach, walking dogs or petting cats, others want to help but “can’t bear to see the animals in the shelter”, they prefer to put their talents to work, baking, sewing, selling, collecting, typing, even counting coins.

Then there are those who haven’t the time or are too frail to help so instead they donate whatever they can spare and those with a long term vision add the uMngeni SPCA as beneficiaries in their wills.   The list is endless and every bit helps.   Why not try one, or more (!), of the following fun ways to become involved in animal welfare.

Find something below that will appeal to you then click on the link at the end of the list:-

Getting Up Close and Personal with Animals:

  • Walking dogs at the Animal Shelter
  • Socialising with the cats at the Animal Shelter.
  • Assisting with our Annual Township Dog Show and Clinic.
  • Assisting with outreach clinics – mostly scribing – Zulu speakers are especially valuable.

Can’t bear to see the animals but want to help them:-

  • Assisting at any one of our four charity shops.
  • Making and/or repairing clothes, toys, goods for sale.
  • Framing pictures.
  • Knitting or sewing.
  • Reconditioning greeting cards.
  • Making or serving eats for functions.
  • Help generally at functions and events.
  • Hold a tin and meet your friends on the street corner at our Annual street collection.
  • Assist in our book shop.
  • Help in our Gardeners’ Corner.
  • Arrange flowers.
  • Odd jobs for Handy men.
  • Putting up and taking down posters and banners.
  • Assisting with Raffles.
  • Computer or secretarial assistance.
  • Click here to email your name and phone number and what you think would suit you and we will be in touch with you.   There can’t be many skills that we can’t utilise so join us and make some wonderful new friends who share your interest in the welfare of animals.


Meet the team

Anne Smith - SPCA Plant Lady

Anne SmithAnne 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 sources plants from nurseries at very special prices, 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 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 requirements at the SPCA Centre before they even think of going anywhere else.

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Lots of people talk to animals.... Not very many listen, though.... That's the problem. ~Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

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It's raining, it's pouring...keep your pets cosy and warm with a blanket or two and give them lots of cuddles! <3

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"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."

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