NSPCA appeals for fuel cash

2013-08-28 12:01
The NSPCA often has to travel to rural areas to investigate the treatment of animals. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

The NSPCA often has to travel to rural areas to investigate the treatment of animals. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - The National Association of SPCAs (NSPCA) is appealing for cash as it struggles to fulfil its mandate.

The organisation is in dire financial straits as its fuel costs make it difficult to travel to rural areas to inspect the treatment of animals.

"So often fuel costs are dismissed as overheads yet if the operational units at the NSPCA are to remain effective, funding for fuel costs is vital," said Christine Kuch of the Farm Animal Protection Unit in the NSPCA.

She said that travel costs may curtail the organisation's ability to ensure humane treatment of animals.

"To take examples, in June 2013, one inspector in our Farm Animal Protection Unit travelled 4 657km and another inspector travelled 6 376km on official business in the same month."

Ideally, the organisation would appreciate help from a fuel company, but donations by the South African public can be made on the website.

"We know there are a lot of caring, compassionate South Africans who wish to help animals. We appeal to them to appreciate that in order to help the animals we have to get to them. That’s why we are calling this the Get Us There campaign," said Kuch, adding that every R50 donation would roughly equal 60km of travel.

The average NSPCA inspector travels 5 000km a month, due, in part, to the lack of local units to keep a check on animal cruelty.

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