Animals at the SPCA are tired of lockdown too!

If the national lockdown has taught us one thing, it's this: how it feels to be an unwanted, lost or neglected dog or cat brought into our SPCA!

Now we all know what it's like to endure weeks of anxious confinement. Unsure of when it will end ... missing our loved ones ... and worried about what will happen to us.

But for animals at the SPCA, there's one important difference. They don't even know why they're here.

Day after day they wait, hoping someone will come along and take them to live in a real home again, with space to run around and a family to love.

But that just wasn't possible while everyone stayed home. Instead, they had to wait out the nine weeks of levels 5 and 4 lockdown like the rest of us. And we had to provide them with a minimum of two meals per day for the entire nine weeks. All 1368 dogs and cats that were here during lockdown!

At a time when our fundraising events and market days had to be cancelled, and our charity shops closed, we were left to foot the bill for the animals' extended stay. You probably know that SPCAs don't receive any funding from government. Without the generosity of our wonderful friends and supporters, we simply could not have managed.

But the COVID-19 crisis is far from over and the impact on our SPCA will be a lasting one. Our pressing need right now is to find loving new homes for dogs and cats who've already spent far too much time living in cages here. Even without all the extra food we had to buy, the cost of rescuing, caring for, and preparing animals for re-homing (vaccinations, deworming and sterilisation) adds up to way more than the R800 adoption fee we charge for a dog and R600 for a cat.

By keeping adoption fees affordable, we can re-home more dogs and cats. And that's what we all want, isn't it? More happy endings.

Please will you play your part in the next happy adoption by making a contribution towards the cost of keeping animals at our SPCA for weeks on end?

By helping to make up the shortfall between the adoption fee and the actual cost of saving and re-homing a stray, unwanted or neglected animal, you’ll give another sad, unwanted or hurting dog or cat a second chance to live a happy life. Every rand you can spare helps provide food, care and veterinary treatment for animals at our SPCA - and ‘buys’ extra time for them to find a new human family to love.

How you can get involved

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 R150.


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. Download the app from the Apple store or Google play, or click the button to sign up online.

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.

Sponsor a kennel

When you sponsor a kennel at the SPCA at a cost of R150 monthly, your kindness doesn't only touch one dog. Hundreds of sad, hurting and frightened dogs will find sanctuary in 'your' kennel, while they wait to be adopted.

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