Established in 1872, we’re the founding society of the SPCA movement in South Africa and the oldest animal welfare institution in the country. We’re a member of World Animal Protection and an Executive Member of the National Council of SPCAs South Africa.

Over the past 146 years, we’ve diligently carried out our mission to prevent cruelty to animals through education, law enforcement, veterinary care services (operating an Animal Hospital, Inspectorate and four Mobile Clinics serving impoverished communities) and running a Kennel, Cattery, Horse Care Unit, Wildlife Facility, Farmyard and Adoption Centre, which every year places hundreds of animals in loving and caring homes.

Our area of operation is vast and covers approximately 14,000 km², excluding the coastline. Last year alone, we sterilised over 5,800 animals, reducing the region’s animal over-population problem, provided primary veterinary care to thousands of animals, re-homed over 900 companion animals and responded to thousands of reports of animal cruelty.

Please list links to your Website and Social Media Platforms here:

https://capespca.co.za/
https://www.facebook.com/CapeofGoodHopeSPCA/
https://twitter.com/capespca

Describe in detail what your Organisation does:

Established in 1872, we’re the founding society of the SPCA movement in South Africa and the oldest animal welfare institution in the country. We’re a member of World Animal Protection and an Executive Member of the National Council of SPCAs South Africa.

Over the past 146 years, we’ve diligently carried out our mission to prevent cruelty to animals through education, law enforcement, veterinary care services (operating an Animal Hospital, Inspectorate and four Mobile Clinics serving impoverished communities) and running a Kennel, Cattery, Horse Care Unit, Wildlife Facility, Farmyard and Adoption Centre, which every year places hundreds of animals in loving and caring homes.

Our area of operation is vast and covers approximately 14,000 km², excluding the coastline. Last year alone, we sterilised over 5,800 animals, reducing the region’s animal over-population problem, provided primary veterinary care to thousands of animals, re-homed over 900 companion animals and responded to thousands of reports of animal cruelty.

Crucial Services we offer include:

The SPCA Inspectorate investigates reports of animal cruelty, abuse and neglect. SPCA Inspectors rescue abused animals and instigate legal action against perpetrators of animal cruelty, as well as assist in enforcing municipal by-laws. The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is the only animal welfare organisation in the Western Cape which offers a 24/7 Inspectorate service through a fully computerised call centre from its facility in Grassy Park.

The SPCA Animal Care Centre cares for stray, abandoned, rescued, impounded and seized cats and dogs. Our aim is to find suitable and loving homes for these animals and to reunite stray animals through our lost and found service.

The SPCA Animal Hospital treats sick and injured animals brought to us either by our Inspectorate or the animal’s owners. The hospital has three permanent in-house vets and a team of nurses and orderlies. Veterinary treatment is fully or partially subsidised to make care affordable to the needy.

The SPCA Mobile Clinics operate in the informal settlements around Cape Town, primarily the Cape Flats, providing primary veterinary care for animals and educating owners about responsible pet care. The Mobile Clinics also bring animals into the SPCA Animal Hospital for treatment and sterilisation and return them to their owners when they have recovered.

The SPCA Horse Care Unit investigates cases of cruelty and neglect of equines (horses, donkeys, ponies and mules). The unit rescues maltreated equines which are brought back to the SPCA’s horse stables in Grassy Park, where they are cared for until a suitable, good home is found.

The SPCA Farm Animal Unit cares for impounded, stray and owned farm animals. The Unit firmly believes that education is a vital tool in uplifting the plight of farm animals, especially in the hands of small to emerging farmers who lack the basic infrastructure to adequately care for these animals.

The SPCA Wildlife Unit investigates an ever-increasing number of wildlife complaints as urban sprawl impacts on nature reserves. This unit also rescues, rehabilitates and releases errant and injured wildlife, including baboons, seals, tortoises, wild birds, geese and squirrels, etc.

The SPCA Education Unit educates school children about responsible pet care, animal welfare principles and the goals and mission of the SPCA through an interactive puppet show. The programme also offers a free sterilisation service to pets of school children in disadvantaged communities. The Education Team also teaches compassion in farming to emerging farmers in the Blue Downs area to ensure that farmers are provided the knowledge they need to improve the overall welfare of their animals.

How long has your Organisation been operational?

146 years

In your opinion, what has been the most challenging aspect of running your Organisation? 

Finding the funds to do everything we want to do!

Describe your Nonprofit Journey in three words:

Sustainable
Transparent
Hard Work

Do you collaborate with other Causes? If yes, would you like to mention them?

The Cape Animal Welfare Forum – an umbrella forum for many animal welfare organisations.

If you had one Organisation wish, what would it be?

Never ending Funds!

In your opinion, which skills do Nonprofits in your Country lack?

Strong Management skills, Marketing skills, strategic thinking

Looking back at your Cause Journey, what advice would you give a newbie Organisation?

Never give up! Never be afraid to speak from the heart no matter who you are addressing and of course understand that this will not be easy but it will always be worth it.

If you could change one thing about the Nonprofit Landscape, what would it be?

That fundraising is not begging but rather facilitating change and that supporting and NGO ensures that a funder becomes part of the solution to a pressing social problem.

Which Cause achievement are you most proud of? Feel free to elaborate on why and include any links:

Several successful criminal prosecutions for animal cruelty and invaluable contributions to legislation and By-laws to improve standards of welfare for all animals!

Last question, if your friends had to describe your Organisation in three words, which would they use? 

Animals
Love
Rewarding

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