SINCE President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the National Lockdown, the Uitenhage & District SPCA has been inundated with queries as to how they will operate during this time.“We have a contingency plan which has been implemented with immediate effect,” said Deirdré Swift, Uitenhage & District SPCA chairwoman. “Five of our valued staff members, namely inspector Mariaan, manager Marion, and kennel assistants Patrick, Edwin and Denise have all selflessly offered to leave the comfort of their own homes, leave behind their families and their own pets, and are willing to move into the SPCA premises for the duration of the lockdown period to brave it for the sake of our animals.“Their sacrifice, dedication and commitment to the animals in our care does not go unnoticed or unappreciated, especially in these deeply troubling times,” said Deirdré. Municipality fails to pay SPCA - help needed The kennels have been kitted with supplies to feed not only the animals, but also the staff for the next few weeks. “We have also had additional unforeseen expenses in terms of the sanitation equipment, medication and cleaning supplies we need to maintain hygiene standards. This, coupled with the fact that again the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has not paid us since December has brought us to our knees financially. We need to be able to pay our bills for the next few weeks as well as our staff and we do not have the funds to do so,” said Deirdré.The SPCA is desperately in need of financial contributions. Their banking details are: Account Name: SPCA Uitenhage and District Account Number: 1277004544 Account Type: Cheque Account Branch Code: Universal / 127716 Bank: Nedbank International Swift: NEDSZAJJ Reference: Y our name/business or intended use of funds ie: “LOCKDOWN” According to Deirdré the SPCA is closed to the public for adoptions, but they will still accept surrendered animals. These animals will need to be brought in to the SPCA. No collections can be done.“Stray dogs and cats can be collected by owners by presenting themselves at the gate, where they will be assisted.“If you would like to make a donation please press the button at the gate and your donation will be collected.”If a family would like to fill in adoption papers for one of the SPCA’s cats and dogs, they can do so via their website: www.uitenhagespca.co.za. It will be processed after the lockdown period and yard checks/meet and greets as well as the booking of sterilizations will also then be conducted.“Many thanks for the public’s continued support, especially when disaster strikes - it is very greatly appreciated. Keep safe during these difficult times,” said Deirdré. Emergencies: In case of an emergency, abandonment or animal cruelty please call 082 905 4716 after hours or the office during office hours on 041 992 3016 / 041 9224528.