Your heart would have broken if you'd seen Ollie the day he was brought into our SPCA ...

You probably won't want to look too closely at these 'before' pictures of Ollie

You certainly wouldn't have wanted to touch him, the day he was brought in to our SPCA.

His fur – where there was any – was filthy. Large patches were completely bare, revealing crusty skin. In places the skin had cracked open and was oozing pus. And he was covered in fleas.

Our vet confirmed that Ollie had Demodectic Mange. Plus a severe roundworm infestation that was making him ill and weak. How anyone could let their dog get into this appalling condition is beyond understanding! If we hadn't found him when we did, I don't think he would have made it.

But two months later – thanks to expert veterinary treatment, plenty of good food and loving care – Ollie was a completely different dog.

Gone was the dejected, hopeless posture. He began lifting his head high, wagging his tail and 'smiling' at us. Despite the suffering he'd endured, Ollie had the friendliest nature. And it wasn't long before he was adopted by a caring new family.

But without support from animal lovers like you, this story might have had a very different ending.

Your donations pay for every vial of antibiotics ... meds to treat mange, relieve pain and control parasites ... bandages, syringes, ointment, antiseptic and veterinary equipment – as well as food and shelter. In fact, everything we need to save animals' lives.

We receive NO state funding for the work we do. So when we tell you how important your support is, it's no exaggeration!

Think of the difference we – and you – made to just one dog's existence. Then multiply that by the hundreds of cases we deal with every week. Dogs, cats, horses, goats, hens and rabbits that are rescued by our Inspectors and brought to our SPCA to be given a second chance to live the lives they deserve.

Only your support makes that possible. So please will you make a generous donation to our SPCA right now?

Animals can't complain. They can only wait patiently, trusting that SOMEONE will notice their suffering and care enough to help them. Please be that 'someone' by making your donation online now.

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 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.

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