All we want for Christmas is a home of our own – and someone to love us

This is the time of year when you're most likely to find one of our staff members in tears.

Even though we've 'seen it all', the gut wrenching sorrow and anger when someone arrives at our SPCA to 'donate' their dog or cat - because they simply don't want it any more – never gets any easier.

And if last year is anything to go by, we'll be swamped with over 1500 discarded pets before the end of the Christmas holidays.

You won't believe the excuses people come up with:

  • "It's not our dog – we found it roaming in the street." (Despite the animal clearly having a strong bond with them.)
  • "I don't want this cat because it has fleas"
  • "We're going on holiday and there's no one to look after it."
  • "We've tried to find homes for this litter of kittens but no one wants them."

Saddest of all are the older dogs and cats that have been part of a family for years. They can’t understand what they’ve done wrong ... why people they’ve loved loyally for so long suddenly don’t want them anymore ... why they’re being pulled away from them and put into a cage all on their own.

Our staff will do what they can to comfort these frightened and bewildered pets, and to give them what they need most – a new home where they’ll be loved and valued as they should be. But in the meantime, we have to provide food, shelter veterinary care, blankets and parasite control for hundreds of extra animals.

That’s why I’m hoping I can count on your generosity again now, to help us meet the added costs.

Your gift of R480 will feed ten medium sized dogs for four days ... R630 will feed ten cats for a week ... R285 covers the cost of three months’ flea treatment for one pet.

But we’re grateful for donations of any amount ... especially those given regularly each month. Because every rand you give helps brings comfort and care to blameless animals who’ve been tossed out like so much unwanted junk.

SPCA staff and volunteers will work flat out all through the holidays – including Christmas Day – to make sure every animal here gets all the love and care they need. But it’s simply not possible without your financial support.

Please, will you join forces with us again now to help the furry orphans who’ll spend the holidays at our SPCA? Your gift may be made by cheque, credit card, debit order, EFT or EasyPay (at most supermarkets).

Other ways to help animals

If you love animals, please support our efforts to protect them from cruelty and neglect. There are lots of different ways to help.

Sponsor a Yard Cat

Provide care and shelter for one of the cats that live permanently at our SPCA because they cannot be re-homed – with your monthly sponsorship gift of just R100.


Volunteering is an enriching experience for anyone who has some free time on a regular basis and wants to make a difference. You need to be over 16 years of age, reliable and have your own transport.

Get a MySchool Card

It costs you nothing, and you'll help animals every time you swipe the card at Woolworths and other participating stores. Be sure to nominate Durban & Coast SPCA as the beneficiary.

Donate in lieu of a gift

Helping to make a better world for animals is the perfect way to honour a friend or loved one who prefers not to receive gifts for a birthday, anniversary or other celebration.

Support Coffee Cats

Enjoy a cuppa or a light meal in the tranquil setting of our cafe and tea garden. Meet our famous yard cats, browse plants for sale, visit our charity shop or Adoption Centre.

Include us in your Will

If kindness towards animals has been one of the guiding principles of your life, wouldn’t you enjoy knowing that your voice against cruelty, neglect, greed and ignorance will continue to be heard beyond your lifetime?

Donate unwanted items

Your unwanted furniture, clothing, household appliances, books, jewellery, etc can be sold in our charity shop to raise funds towards the care of our furry orphans. We also appreciate gifts of pet food, blankets, etc.

Collect small change for us

If you own or manage a retail outlet or are a member of a club, why not keep one of our collection tins on your counter? Small change mounts up quickly and makes a big difference to our Society!

Shop til you drop

We have a charity shop filled with amazing bargains, as well as a section of brand new pet products – collars & leads, tick & flea remedies, grooming products, toys & pet food.

Buy plants

Fill your garden with beautiful healthy seedlings, shrubs and trees supplied by Ladybird Landscapes. Large selection available at our nursery, adjacent to Coffee Cats.

Participate in our events

Throughout the year we run a series of competitions and events – from a fantastic trail run along the Umgeni River to Paws in the Park, a fun day out for you and your dog. You'll also find us at the ECR House & Garden Show.

Report cruelty

Animals can't speak for themselves - they need compassionate people to speak for them. If you know of an animal that is being ill treated or neglected, call us on 031 579 6501 or our emergency after hours number, 083 212 6103.

Amanzimtoti: 031 904 2424/5

Dolphin Coast (Ballito): 087 550 0512 /083 653 0127 (Emergencies)

Dundee & District: 034 212 2851

Empangeni: 034 792 9129/078 306 1439 (Emergencies)

Eshowe: 035 474 4169

Estcourt: 36 352 1476/083 555 9758 (Emergencies)

Greytown: 033 413 1181/033 413 1522

Howick: 033 330 4557/033 330 2672

Kloof & Highway: 031 764 1212

SPCA Inspector

Kokstad: 082 771 7229

Lower South Coast: 039 312 0962

Mooi River & District: 033 263 1526

Newcastle: 034 318 2346

Phoenix (Avonford Crescent) : 031 500 6452

Pietermaritzburg: 033 386 9267/8/9

Richards Bay: 035 753 2086

Sani: 033 702 1884