Meet Maze - the sole survivor of a horrific attack

When a group of thugs attacked little Maze and her family, they thought no one would care.

After all, the dogs (mom, dad and their three puppies) didn’t belong to anyone. They were strays – unloved and unwanted. Who’d care if they were stoned to death with rocks and broken bricks?

It’s difficult to understand what drives people to this level of vicious cruelty. Although the adult dogs tried to protect their young, they were no match for the heavy bricks that snapped bones and ripped through flesh.

But it wasn’t true that nobody cared. We do!*

As soon as we received the tip off from a concerned neighbour – who rescued two of the puppies and brought them to our SPCA for treatment – our team swung into action. Our vet tried desperately to save the pups. And even though we lost them, at least they felt the touch of gentle human hands and some kindness before their injuries claimed them.

Meanwhile, Inspector Mntungwa rushed out to the scene, where he found the two dying adult dogs ... and another puppy – Maze – who had miraculously escaped unharmed!

Sadly, the adult dogs had to be humanely euthanased. But Inspector Mtntungwa brought Maze back to the SPCA, where she was given a thorough health check, food and shelter, and lots of love and reassurance. Then our adoption team pulled out all the stops to find her a home. Now Maze will enjoy her first Christmas safe in the heart of her adoring new family!

We’ve also opened a case of animal cruelty with the SAPS. Because people need to understand that animals’ lives do matter.

* We know that we are not the only ones who care. You do too. If you’d seen these dogs being viciously attacked, you’d have stepped in to help them too.

But you can’t always be there when animals need help. That’s why I’m asking you to make a contribution to our SPCA right now – so we can be your hands and your heart in the ongoing fight against animal cruelty.

Because we’ll be here for animals – 24/7 throughout the Christmas break – and every day of the year.

If you can make a donation now of R485, R370 or even R295, you’ll help keep our inspectors in the field ... our animal hospital stocked with veterinary essentials ... and our kennels ready to provide a safe haven for the next hurt and frightened dog or cat.

And if you include a special message to a pet you love – or a note of support or pledge to protect animals from harm – in the space provided on the form, we’ll include it on the Christmas Tree of Love in our reception. Help us fill it with reminders of the many, many good people like you who care passionately about animals!

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