Posted on 2020-09-11 07:43:20
In terms of the Disaster Management Act, our SPCA is classed as an essential service. Which meant that, as the country went into hard lockdown on March 26, it was ‘business as usual’ for our Inspectorate and all the animals sheltering in our kennels and cattery.
Staff remained on the premises 24/7 to ensure the wellbeing of dogs and cats in our care. But adoptions had to be put on hold, all fundraising activities and events were cancelled, and revenue generated by our animal hospital through vaccinations and sterilisations, was heavily restricted. Financially, it was an extremely worrying time for us – especially as we experienced a surge of unwanted animals brought into our SPCA, as people faced the grim reality of month end without a salary.
We are so proud of the dedication and resourcefulness of our SPCA team. Every member of staff went the extra mile to make sure we survived the crisis. Fundraising activities quickly went digital, and a number of cost cutting measures were introduced. We negotiated rebates and discounts with monthly suppliers, and we received assistance from the Department of Labour’s TERS fund and disbursements from our Trust to resolve the immediate cash flow dilemma.
Above all, we were overwhelmed by the generosity of supporters and friends like you. Thank you for your unwavering support. You stood beside us as we navigated the unchartered waters of national lockdown, helping to ensure that animals in our care continued to receive all the human interaction, warmth, food and health care they needed. For them it was as if the pandemic was non-existent.
Lockdown – Level 5 – by numbers