New centre with bells and whistles for furry friends

2016-06-14 06:00

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA (CoGH SPCA) launched their newly constructed state-of-the-art facility on Thursday last week.

Patrons, animal guardians and sponsors were given a preview of the new facility, the concept of which was introduced during last year.

Excited furry friends greeted visitors and animal lovers on Thursday as they welcomed them to their comfortable new conditions.

The premises in Grassy Park now hosts the largest adoption kennel of its kind in South Africa – with bells and whistles.

Longstanding animal guardian Gayle Slyper shared her personal experience with the SPCA.

“I am very excited about this shelter. I encourage people to become involved by donating to our animal shelters. Our four-legged friends need the help,” she says.

CoGH SPCA CEO Allan Perrins says: “With ever more animals requiring a safe haven from abuse and abandonment, the CoGH SPCA forged ahead with the construction mid-2015. The decision to invest in a redevelopment was seen as a vital move in securing the future sustainability of the organisation as a whole.”

He says the older buildings were over 20 years old and as such various structural problems were beginning to negatively affect the “overall efficacy of the facility and in order to best serve the animals an overhaul was necessary”.

Build-A-Way Builders worked in conjunction with Rennie Scurr Adendorff Architects to bring the vision of a 21st century kennel into reality.

Adendorff says the facility integrates modern, state-of-the-art animal care habitats and support systems with a design that mirrors the desired operational flow of people and animals into and out of the facility.

The facility hosts quarantine, pre-adoption and adoption pods which can accommodate 300 individual animals.

Before, due to space constraints, the CoGH SPCA hosted up to three small dogs in one kennel.

“We are able to reduce the risk of kennel stress by giving each animal in our care a space to call their own while still encouraging a degree of controlled socialisation. The dogs and cats will now also be enjoying underfloor heating and improved biosecurity which will help us control the spread of deadly diseases,” says Belinda Abraham, a staffer at the SPCA.

The furry friends also have dog beds which are raised above floor level so that they do not sleep on the cold cement.

Possible adoption families will also be given the opportunity to go through an adoption process where they are taken privately into an adoption room, where an assessment is done, to ensure that families adopt a pet that is best suited for their home.

Possible fur parents also have the option to familiarise themselves with a candidate pet in a viewing room instead of visiting the kennels, which could become overwhelming.

Each dog is also provided with a comfortable and hygienic dog beds thanks to Coolaroo Pet Beds.

To enquire about adoptions please call Kim on 021 700 4152 or email

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