LETTER: SPCA and the role they play in the community

Despite focusing on animal cruelty the SPCA will not refuse admission of any unwanted or stray animal brought to its door.

Madam – Members of the public tend to misinterpret or misunderstand the role of the SPCA with regard to what we do.

The objectives of the SPCA are in line with the SPCA Act 169 of 1993 and reiterated in our Constitution.

We are not the Municipal Pound or a State Organisation nor are we an animal shelter or a rehabilitation centre.

Our core function is therefore to prevent the ill treatment of animals by promoting their good treatment by man, by being knowledgeable of the application of laws affecting animals and to make representations regarding these laws to the appropriate authority.

We uphold the Animals Protection Act No.71 of 1962. Our tools are leadership, education and action.

We also play an important role in society, educating people, especially children, about the rights of all living creatures, working for better legal protection for animals and severer penalties for lawbreakers.

It is important to remember the SPCA is not simply here to take in unwanted pets for re-homing or to reunite lost pets with their owners.

This applies to all SPCAs countrywide.

The community should understand that not all SPCA’s offer the same services. The services offered depend entirely on the support a Society receives from their Community.

This does not mean you need to donate funds always but rather be a responsible animal owner.

Make certain that your animal’s welfare is taken care of in the correct way by ensuring their inoculations are done yearly and timeously, that they are sterilized to avoid unwanted litters and stop “back yard” breeding and not to support the purchasing of animals from these breeders and puppy mills. Rather adopt from the SPCA.

Our Inspectorate department operates, for cruelty cases, 24 hours a day, seven days a week over an area covering 150 kilometre radius around Newcastle.

Despite focusing on animal cruelty the SPCA will not refuse admission of any unwanted or stray animal brought to our door.

We are an animal welfare organization that receives no funding from the Government or our local Municipality.

We rely solely on the support of the Community and can only be as effective as the support we receive. Lack of support only harms the animals in the long run.

I hope this article has been informative. Please support the Newcastle SPCA – we do the best that we can for the love of all animals and therefore your support is essential and greatly appreciated.

We can be reached at 034 318-2346 at our premises in Sampson Drive, Barry Hertzog Park.

Michela Kissmer (Chairperson, Newcastle SPCA Management Committee)

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Zianne Leibrandt

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