Paws for Thought with Caroline Smith

Posted on 2021-08-31 08:30:54


Who will ever forget the horror and utter disbelief of that week of mayhem in July? Those frightening images of warehouses, shops and factories burning to the ground . . . police firing rubber bullets . . . and people running riot – destroying and looting everything in their path.

Miraculously, our SPCA, in the midst of the hardhit Springfield Park area, escaped unscathed. Staff remained on the premises day and night to make sure the animals were fed and cared for, as clouds of smoke billowed into the sky above us.

Afterwards, we experienced an absolutely amazing outpouring of goodwill and generosity from our community. Despite concern about food and fuel shortages, our wonderful supporters rallied round to make sure that animals at the SPCA didn’t go short of food, and that we had everything we need to carry on.

To every single person who dropped off a bag of pet food, or made donations of cash through our website, THANK YOU. My entire staff and I are humbled, inspired and immensely encouraged by your generosity.

We know that it will take months, if not years, to rebuild our country. And that the hardships to come will affect animals too, as people struggle to pick up the pieces and compensate for the thousands of jobs lost. We’ve already seen an increase in the number of dogs and cats being surrendered by owners who can no longer afford to keep them.

But no matter what lies ahead, we cannot give up. Our SPCA is committed to continuing to protect animals from cruelty and neglect. Together with friends like you, we will get through this.

We didn’t stop!
Our 2020/21 Annual Report reveals some encouraging facts. In spite of fewer staff, personal losses and the ever present danger of Covid-19, our dedication to animals in need never wavered.

Here are the stats from a year most of us would prefer to forget:

  • Cruelty cases investigated: 10 833
  • Animals rescued: 303
  • Animals admitted: 13 394
  • Animals rehomed: 552
  • Animals treated at our clinic: 49 782
  • Dogs & cats vaccinated: 13 555

None of this would have been possible without support from you, our wonderful donors.
Thank you!

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