For a struggling cat caught in razor wire, every second counts

When the call comes in about an animal in trouble ... a cat tangled in razor wire, or a herd of frightened goats loose on the freeway after the truck transporting them overturned ... our Inspectors need to move fast.

In emergency situations where animals could suffer terribly, or die in agony at any minute, there’s no time to be lost. But it’s not easy trying to race to the scene through peak hour traffic, when other motorists are unaware of the crisis.

That’s why we need to fit our vehicles with emergency lights – the same as an ambulance or police car.

SPCA vans are classified as “emergency” vehicles and we are legally entitled to use red lights. But at R7 000 per van to fit them, we can't do this without help from concerned people like you.

With four vans to equip – at a cost of R7 000 each – we need to raise R28 000 in total. And since we never know when the next call for help will come, we need to raise it as soon as possible.

So please will you join together with other animal lovers now in making your contribution today.

Our Inspectors have to be ready and willing to go anywhere at any time of the day or night, including weekends and public holidays, to rescue an animal in distress.

Knowing that you are behind them, helping to provide the resources they need to get the job done, means more than you will ever know.

Rushing to the rescue of animals in distress ... bringing lost, injured and abused pets back to the SPCA .. our vans are the equivalent of animal ‘ambulances’. Please help us equip them with life-saving emergency lights by making your donation now.

Thank you so much for helping us respond quickly to suffering cats, dogs and farm animals that cannot speak for themselves.

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