PMB SPCA, steady for now

2017-01-25 06:03
PHOTO: Nicole John
The SPCA Bargain Barn is open daily and sells sports equipment, paintings, puzzles, trinkets, clothing and accessories.

PHOTO: Nicole John The SPCA Bargain Barn is open daily and sells sports equipment, paintings, puzzles, trinkets, clothing and accessories.

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AFTER facing possible closure towards the end of last year, the SPCA in Pietermaritzburg have started off the new year with its head above water having received substantial donations from the public.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever Lize Lourens, SPCA public relations officer, said there were numerous factors that contributed to the possible closure of the SPCA last year. Some factors included the economic climate, which meant that people did not have the extra money to donate anymore, the population of the SPCA as well as the lack of knowledge of the general public, who breed dogs, but then cannot afford to look after them.

“The challenge was mainly financial and, while we received a tremendous response from the public in the last few months, we cannot say that we are completely out of the woods yet.

“We were able, through donations, to get ourselves out of the immediate financial challenge, however, we need to ensure the sustainability of the organisation. Last month we were given a lifeline but now we need to have a proactive rather than reactive approach to the situation,” said Lourens.

She said that one of the issues facing the SPCA is the influx of animals being dropped off there.

“People bring their animals to us when they cannot look after them, but continue to allow their animals to breed, which means that the SPCA has to look after increased numbers when our capacity is about 200 animals.

“This is not to say that animals are killed at the SPCA if we cannot look after them, nor will they be killed if the SPCA has to close down. Animals will be rehomed to other SPCAs across the province to be looked after.

“This was a common misconception that the general public had about the animals when we announced that we were facing financial challenges. We want to assure the public that this is not the case,” she said.

Management at the SPCA are looking into various ideas to generate funds. The SPCA has a “bargain barn” that is opened daily where items are donated and are sold at a reasonable price. The shop includes sports equipment, paintings, puzzles, trinkets, clothing and accessories.

The SPCA Bargain Barn is currently being extended and the community is encouraged to visit the shop to either donate or buy.

The SPCA is also running an ‘Adopt a Shelter’ campaign where individuals or businesses can sponsor a shelter for R150 a month which includes the food for the animals. Staff at the SPCA will then report to the sponsors the animal in their shelter.

Markets are held at the SPCA with the latest being the Valentine’s Day market on 9 February.

All avenues of fund-raising are being explored in order to sustain the SPCA in the long-term.

“We cannot do any of this without the help of the community. We encourage them to visit us to see the work we do and also volunteer at the SPCA. We are committed this year to playing more of an active role in our community this year,” said Lourens.

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