Animals saved since 1824

2017-06-21 06:00

The first Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), was organised in England in 1824, primarily to prevent the abuse of carriage horses in the days before auto­mobiles.

Horses were driven through freezing cold winters and stiflingly hot summers, often with little food, water or rest.

The carriage drivers were interested only in making as much money as possible, and would beat the horses if they refused to or were unable to pull the carriages.

The SPCA helped to pass laws that regulated the carriage-horse business. With this success, the society expanded to include dogs and other animals in its fight against cruelty. The first American SPCA was started in 1866 in New York City.

There are now SPCAs all over the United States, and indeed, all over the world.

SPCA International was founded in the United States in 2006.

The mission of the organisation is simple but vast: to advance the safety and well-being of animals.

The society is non-profit and relies on the community for the funds needed to provide vital service.

The SPCA movement only has authority to enforce the Animals Protection Act No. 71 of 1962, which means it can only deal with animals that fall within this act.

The organisation’s duties are, among other things: to rescue abused and neglected domestic, farm and wild animals; provide a shelter for stray and unwanted animals; offer a pet adoption facility; and educate pet owners on animal care.

In Bloemfontein, the SPCA can be found in McGregor Street, White City.


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