Paws for thought

Posted on 2021-01-19 12:13:00

image

We made it through 2020!

As the person steering our organisation through the stormy waters of 2020, I was at first quite overwhelmed. How would we navigate our way through this? And what exactly was “this” even? Over the next few months, we experienced fear, sorrow, dreadful loss and unprecedented challenges. All of which forced us to stretch and grow and learn more than we ever thought possible.

The most important lesson we learned was that we could not do it alone. Our colleagues, volunteers, Committee Members and Trustees all stepped up to ensure that we not only survived, but thrived against all the odds. Mostly, we could not have done it without YOU – each one of you – our loyal donors, supporters and bequestors. Our appeals for financial help were unfailingly met with your incredible generosity, heartfelt messages of support, and genuine concern for the animals in our care.

Thanks to you, I can put my hand on my heart and tell you that never once were our high standards of animal care compromised because of the pandemic. Our passionate team – from the live-in lockdown team, to inspectors, clinic and other key staff working overtime and weekends without compensation – enabled us to meet the crisis head on, rescuing, housing, treating, rehabilitating and re-homing a truly incredible number of animals.

We know things are not going to miraculously return to normal this year. But we are ready for the challenge. Luckily, the animals are none the wiser and still wag their tails or purr happily when they see us. As long as we can continue to provide for them, with your help, we can ask for nothing more. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You can be really proud of the SPCA that you support. I am.



Animal Angle

Read the latest issue of our official Durban & Coast SPCA magazine online

Shirley's Blog

Shirley Bell, editor of Animal Angle, writes specially for us about animal issues

Subscribe to our newsletter







Recent Posts

  • Crisis update

    We are incredibly blessed that our SPCA - in the midst of the hard hit Springfield Park area – has been left unscathed. But we are worried about a looming food shortage.   Posted 2021-06-21 10:19:03

  • Paws for thought

    with Caroline Smith   Posted 2021-01-19 12:13:00

  • What a tree-mendous Christmas – thanks to you!

    Your thoughtful messages of support and encouragement put the joy back into Christmas for SPCA staff.   Posted 2021-01-19 12:07:32

  • Home for Christmas

    Doesn’t it make your heart happy, seeing these pups and kitties enjoying life with their loving new human families? Thanks for the part YOU play in making it possible!   Posted 2021-01-19 12:01:05

  • No time limit on love and care

    Winston the greyhound spent three months at our SPCA, regaining his health, strength and confidence, before finally finding his forever home.   Posted 2021-01-19 11:46:37

Amanzimtoti: 031 904 2424/5

Dolphin Coast (Ballito): 083 659 5482/082 374 9905

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