Our food stocks are running dangerously low

We've never seen our stock room so bare!

Normally, you can hardly get past the door without tripping over huge bags of dog and cat food piled up to the ceiling, and shelves jammed with cans, boxes and sachets of pet food.

But since the increase in VAT and the latest petrol price hike, people who used to drop off generous donations of dog and cat food at our SPCA, simply aren't able to do so any more. And collection trolleys placed in supermarkets take much, much longer to fill up.

Even worse – we've seen a marked increase in the number of pets being brought in to our SPCA ... by owners who simply can't afford to keep them.

So on the one hand, we have more mouths to feed – while on the other, we have less food to go round. And with the colder weather, animals need more food to keep their body temperature up. It's very, very worrying.

Our only hope is that every person in Durban with a heart for animals will rally round now and help buy pet food for the dogs and cats at the SPCA.

Your donation of just R230 buys 10kg of dry dog food, or 9 large tins of Husky or three boxes of pouch meals for a dog or cat recovering in our animal hospital.

With up to 300 dogs in our kennels at any one time, we get through more than 100kg of dry food and 18 large cans of Husky in just one day! That's why we are counting on the good people of Durban to give as generously as possible.

We also welcome in kind donations – almost any brand and type of pet food is suitable. So why not get together with friends or business colleagues to collect pet food and drop it off at our premises in Springfield Park? Or take a selfie of your donation and challenge your friends on social media to get involved too.

Unwanted, lost and ill treated dogs and cats at our SPCA are already frightened, sad and bewildered. Food is not just a necessity – it's also a tremendous comfort to them. So please will you make your donation now. Your kindness and concern really do make all the difference.

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