4 October: World Animal Day

Do you wish the world was a kinder, more compassionate place for animals?

World Animal Day on 4 October is your chance to make it happen!

It’s the one day of the year when all creatures great and small – in over a thousand countries world wide – are celebrated and acknowledged. It’s a special opportunity to show our love and respect for animals by doing something to help improve their lives.

Here at our SPCA in Springfield Park, we’re having an Open Day on 4 October. Please do pop in and:

Adopt a dog or cat. Give a rescue animal another chance of a happy life – and yourself the joy of a faithful companion;

Help rescue animals by shopping! Visit our plant nursery and charity shop for amazing bargains – or enjoy a meal at Coffee Cats. Proceeds help keep our SPCA running.

Join our Pilates for Pets class at Coffee Cats at 7h30 and 9h00 (R100 per person).

Buy a few extra tins and packets of cat and dog food and bring them along with you;

* Adopt a kennel. Your kindness will provide a safe haven for thousands of dogs in the months ahead, and we’ll put your name on a plaque on the kennel block so everyone who visits will know about your special support;

* Sponsor one of our famous yard cats – cats that cannot be rehomed, and live permanently in our kitty hotel next to Coffee Cats.

* Sign our petition for harsher sentences for those found guilty of animal abuse;

* Make a donation towards the work of the SPCA in protecting and rescuing animals;

* Post on social media about World Animal Day and how you’re getting involved.

** You don’t even need to visit to make a difference!**

Don’t forget to do something special to honour the animals in your life! Take your dog for a walk or have a game of ‘fetch’, check pets’ vaccinations are up to date, play with caged birds and pets. Add a water feature or bird bath to your garden and plant butterfly- and bee-friendly plants. Commit to buying only free range eggs and meat.

It doesn’t matter what you do – what matters is that you use this opportunity to think about animals and how their lives can be improved.

Let’s make World Animal Day 2019 count!

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