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Cape of Good Hope

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ISSUE 2, 2013

Cape of Good Hope

Letter from THE EDITOR

ISSUE 2, 2013

EDITORIAL LISE-MARIE GREEFF-VILLET, LAMEES MARTIN, LARA ROBERTSON PO Box 3, Plumstead, Cape Town, 7801, Tel: 021 700 4141 Fax: 021 705 2127 Email: Website: COVER Photographer - Tamed and Framed Pet Photography Model - Liezel van der Westhuizen with horse Fantasia DESIGN JOAN SUTTON (021) 712 0101 PRINTING SPONSORED BY FORMESET Tel: 021 507 9000 Footprints is published by the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, and all profits are used to further the work of this organisation. The opinions expressed in this magazine do not necessarily reflect those of the editors or the management of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. While every effort is made to ensure editorial and factual accuracy, no responsibility is accepted for any errors.

BANK DETAILS: Cape of Good Hope SPCA Standard Bank Account: 0718 32858 Branch: 051001 Ref: Footprints / your name

Report Animal Cruelty: Tel: 021 700 4158/9 A/H Emergency: 083 326 1604

Dear Friends I am sure all of you, at one time or another, have wished that other people could walk in your shoes for just one day, so as to experience the trials, tribulations and/or successes that you go through, first hand. At the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, this is often our wish. We want perpetrators of cruelty to animals to experience to their core, the pain and suffering these animals go through. We want those who are skeptical about the work that we do, to see for themselves how many hundreds of thousands of animals there are out there that need help. We desperately need pet owners from all walks of life to finally grasp why it is important to sterilize their pets, why it makes sense to vaccinate their pets, and why pets deserve the same semblance of respect that we hope these pet owners afford humans. Lastly, in order for us to take on the battle against animal cruelty and neglect with fervor each day, we need the people of Cape Town to trust us, to encourage and support us, and to believe that there is no other reason why we work for the SPCA than the plain truth: because we truly want to make a difference, even if it is one animal at a time. I apologize if I seem morose or disenchanted, but we’ve just come through a rough past six months during which our faith in humankind was tested time and time again. You will get a glimpse of this once you read the distressing story of Fantasia on page 10, which is but one example we share with you from the many

cases that broke our hearts this year. On page 12 our CEO, Allan Perrins, also provides insight into dog fighting. This is a scourge that continues to leave us all both sad and enraged, as well as deeply disappointed in those who engage in this senseless “sport”. Amid the frustration, the tears and the outright fury that we have to hold back ever so often in this line of work, there are three things that keep us going. Firstly, what gets us out of bed each morning are those animals, big or small, every single one that we are able to save and either release or rehome. All animals are important to us and the triumphant rescue of a hawk and a seal, as well as the rehabilitation of a beautiful Burmese Python - that you can read about on page 18 and 19 - are but some of the successes that kept us inspired. And just when you thought only dog and cat adoptions could warm your heart, go to Happy Tails on page 23 to read about the three “kids” who wormed their way into ours, and found happiness in their forever farmyard. Secondly we are motivated by every pet owner who truly loves, respects and cares for his or her pets. The stories of our Mutt and Meow winners on page 16 remind us all not only of the enduring will to live that so many animals display, but also the unwavering dedication of animallovers who will go above and beyond in order to save an animal’s life. Although we only share the stories of the 2013 winners with you in this Footprints, I would like to again pay tribute to every one of the hundreds of entries we received. Each of these

stories told of the strong love between human and animal, and not only touched us deeply, but reminded us that we are not alone in our mission to save and protect animals, but that animal-lovers across Cape Town take on these challenges with us each day. Last but definitely not least, we are moved to action by the continued backing that we receive from what we like to refer to as “our SPCA Family” of partners, sponsors, volunteers and of course you, our loyal supporters. In fact, we have been left in awe of the lengths some supporters will go to in aid of the SPCA. Do not miss the stories of SPCA Heroes on page 8 and 9, as well as the feature on extraordinary challenges that animal lovers took on just for the love of animals. I am convinced that you will be amazed by the 12-year old who climbed Kilimanjaro and raised R24 000, and a dainty little 9-year old who ran the Cape Town Color run all on her own and raised R2400 for us! Please do remember though - you don’t have to climb a mountain to be part of our “SPCA family”. Whether you donate R50 to us every month as part of our Tails Up competition (page 14); support us by buying our SPCA merchandise or your pet products from our Vet Shops (pages 4 to 6); join our Bequest Society (page 22); or walk your dog at our annual Wiggle Waggle Walkathon (see Diary Dates on page 7) to us each contribution is valuable, and every supporter is significant. Happy reading about our precious creatures, and our precious people. Lise-Marie

CONTENTS 4-6 Shop with us - Spoil yourself or your furry friend while helping the SPCA 7

Pet care tips for a ‘paw-some’ holiday and Summer season


When your love for animals knows no bounds, that is when you become an SPCA hero

10 Read all about the unbelievable story of Fantasia the horse, her rescue, road to recovery and the friendships she has made along the way

14 Win R10 000 with the SPCA’s Tails Up Competition 16 Mutt and Meow: Meet Cape Town’s top dog and finest feline

12 Our Farm Animal Unit makes inroads in the community and CEO Allan Perrins sheds light on the reality of dog fighting

18 From a Burmese Python, to a seal that stopped traffic, read all about the activities of the SPCA Wildlife Unit

20 Keen to make your race count for more? Join Team SPCA and let your pain be the animal’s gain 22 Philanthropy recognised: Fine dining at Bequest and Trust luncheons 23 Happy Tails: heartwarming happy ever-afters


SHOP WITH US Give a JingleBox of Joy this Christmas

Spoil yourself or your furry friends while helping the SPCA

Spread the Christmas cheer Send greetings to your loved ones this Christmas while making the festive season a little brighter for all the lost, injured and abandoned animals at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA simply by purchasing these delightful animal themed cards.

Your dogs will love you even more when you help them spread the Christmas cheer with their less fortunate fur pals at the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA this year. The CoGH SPCA has teamed up with Lucky Dog Gift Services to ensure that shelter animals are not forgotten this Christmas. Every JingleBox that you gift to a shelter dog or cat, will be a box of joy filled with items they need, and treats they deserve. There are two ways to take part either purchase a pre-packed JingleBox from the Lucky Dog online shop for R199; or pack your own JingleBox at home. The boxes will be handed over to the cats and dogs at the CoGH SPCA on 7 December 2013 as part of a festive celebration day. If you are packing your own JingleBox you can drop it off at

the SPCA on or before the celebration day. Whether you pack it yourself or Lucky Dog packs it for you, a JingleBox could contain a combination of four to six items for a lucky shelter cat or dog. Boxes may cater for any size or age, and products inside can include tick and flea treatments, toys, treats and chews, leads and collars, brushes, food, jackets and blankets. And remember - you can make your support go even further by purchasing your Jingle Box items from either of our Vetshops! So if you and your pets would like to give a gift that makes a difference, start your JingleBox now and visit for more information.

All Creatures Great and Small 2014 calendar


Available in two unique designs, these cards are UV varnished to give them a high quality and durable gloss finish. SPCA Christmas cards are sized for standard postage rates, affordably priced at just R20 for a pack of 5 cards, including envelopes, and are available at the following outlets: l SPCA in Grassy Park l SPCA Vetshop in Plumstead l Off the Shelf book shop at 30 Oxford Road in Durbanville (021-976 5791) l St John’s Fish Hoek Christmas card charity stall (until 7 December) Charity kiosks in the following malls will sell these cards until 18 Dec

This gorgeous Cape of Good Hope SPCA All Creatures Great and Small 2014 wildlife calendar is hot off the press and selling fast. A limited edition month-by-month wall calendar, it features wildlife portraits of South Africa’s most loved wild animals as painted by distinguished artist David Bucklow. Spoil yourself with this unique calendar, or send this truly South African gift to your loved-ones abroad and at the same time, support a good cause. For the low price of R100 each, these gorgeous calendars are available at: l SPCA in Grassy Park (Corner 1st Avenue and First Road); l SPCA Vetshop (6 Gabriel Road in Plumstead) l Fine Art Portfolio - South African Art Collection (Shop G05, Clock Tower Shopping Centre, V&A

2013 (while stocks last): l Cavendish Shopping Mall l Constantia Village l Blue Route Mall l Tygervalley (dog design only) l Waterstone Village Somerset (dog design only) For more information contact Natasha Johannes on 021 700 4155 or email The Cape of Good Hope SPCA extends their heartfelt thanks to CiplaVet Animal Health for sponsoring our 2013 Christmas card range. Sponsored by

Waterfront, 021 419 4751); Off the Shelf book Shop (30 Oxford Street, Durbanville, 021-976 5791); l Planet Woooof (Cape Quarter, Green Point, 021 421 6269); l Wizards Book Shop (Stadium on Main Centre, Main Road, Claremont, 021-6838662) The SPCA would like to extend their gratitude to Fine Art Portfolio for providing artworks by David Bucklow and to Checkers which generously sponsored the printing of the calendar. For more information contact Natasha Johannes on 021 700 4155 or email


Charity shop Celebration

SPCA supporters celebrated World Animal Day on 4 and 5 October 2013 by shopping at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA Charity Shop clearance sale in Grassy Park. Shoppers could choose from a wide variety of new and good quality second-hand items that were offered at unbeatable discount prices. From vases, porcelain dolls, curtains, woven baskets, pots, and appliances, to vinyls, pet leads and collars, clothing

and almost everything else - every customer’s needs were catered for. The two day sale was a great success and helped raise R14 164. The SPCA Charity Shop benefits the local community through providing much needed items at an affordable price and all proceeds go directly to the SPCA, thereby aiding the hundreds of animals that the Society rescues and cares for on a daily basis.

Cleaning out before Christmas? Moving house? If you have any unwanted items, old or new, which are still in good working order, don’t throw them away, rather donate these items to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. Contact us on 021 700 4180.

Stress-free holidays for you and your pet? Safeguard your pet and enjoy a stress-free holiday by ensuring that your beloved furry family member is properly identifiable with these new snazzy waterproof, high quality resin pet tags from Stuck2u. Not only will your pet be sporting the latest in doggy accessories, but should he or she go missing during the ‘silly’ season - a time when the Cape of Good Hope SPCA is inundated with lost pets - these tags will make the process of being reunited with your lost pet less stressful. All tags have ample space for the pet’s name and the contact details of the owner. And ordering is quick and easy! Simply go to and select the ‘SPCA Pet Tags’ option from the main menu, place your order and choose “SPCA” under

the delivery options. You will then receive your brand new pet tag delivered to your nearest post office for the low price of only R50! Funds from the sale of these tags go towards the CoGH SPCA’s war against animal cruelty. Order forms are also available from the SPCA vet shops in Plumstead and Grassy Park.

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SPCA Vet Shop

Kitty love

Stockists of all leading pet product brands Festive Fun

Do you have a kitten? If so, why not try the new Hill’s Science Plan Kitten 1st Nutrition Mousse? This product has been specifically formulated to support kittens in weaning and can be fed to kittens from as early as three weeks, up to 12 months. Because Hill’s are so smitten with kittens, to introduce the new range they have a special offer available: when you buy 12 x 85g cans of Science Plan

Kitten 1st Nutrition Mousse or a 2 kg bag of Science Plan Kitten, you will receive a Kitten Adventure Hamper worth R175 for free! This hamper consists of a luxurious coral fleece blankie in grey or stone, two stainless steel feeding bowls and two cute kitten mouse ball toys. This offer is available at the SPCA Vet Shops in both Grassy Park and Plumstead, while stocks last.

The SPCA Vet Shops have fun festive toys and treats to spoil your pet with this Christmas. From Christmas themed catnip mice to Christmas pudding squeaky balls, they have something for every pet. Hurry to the SPCA Vet Shops and stock up on Christmas gifts for your furfriends today!

6 Gabriel Road, Plumstead

Cnr 1st Ave and First Rd Grassy Park

021 761 4463

021 700-4161/40


All profits from product sales are used to support the SPCA’s mission to

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Shop with a cause

Pet owners who care about the welfare of abused and homeless animals can help the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA care for less fortunate animals by shopping for their pet food and products at the recently revamped SPCA Vet Shop in Grassy Park or at the conveniently located Vet Shop in Plumstead. “By simply purchasing your pet care products from the SPCA Vet Shops, you will be making a donation to the SPCA as all profits generated go towards preventing animal cruelty,” says Alison Perrins, SPCA Vet Shops Management Consultant. SPCA Vet Shop Plumstead The SPCA Vet Shop, pictured above and situated at 6 Gabriel Road in Plumstead, offers its customers convenient trading hours, a wide selection of veterinary approved foods, tick and flea treatment products, shampoos and grooming accessories, treats, toys, beds and bowls and much more at competitive prices. Friendly and efficient shop assistant Cadon Hutchings is ready to provide you with any pet care advice and guidance on selecting the best products for your pet. “Although the shop’s product offering is mainly for dogs and cats, there is a small selection of products for other animals too. We are more

than happy to order in products if we do not have your requirements in stock”, said Alison. Trading hours are Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 18h00 and Saturdays between 08h00 to 14h00. This shop offers free and secure parking right at the front door and an affordable home delivery service for its customers who are not able to get to Plumstead. For more information contact 021 761 4463 or email Grassy Park Vet Shop Located at the SPCA’s facility at the corner of 1st Avenue and First Road in Grassy Park, the Vet Shop stocks a wide variety of dog and cat food

Vet Shop Gift Voucher Readers who bring in this voucher and spend more than R50, will receive a free SPCA bowl. Offer Valid 1 December 2013 until 31 January 2014 while stocks last Cape of Good Hope


6 Gabriel Road, Plumstead: 021 761 4463 or Cnr 1st Avenue and First Road, Grassy Park: 021 700-4161

products, accessories, treatments and toys at affordable prices. Vet shop staff members Charmelle Stoffels and Chandre Bailey have many years of experience in working with animals and are therefore fully equipped to assist their clients with all their animal’s needs. Open to all animal owners, this one-stop veterinary shop not only services the SPCA’s Adoption Centre and Hospital clients with pet care advice and products, but also offers a full range of Super Premium Hill’s Science Veterinary and Prescription foods as well as other premium brands for all cats and dogs. Fully stocked with a wide and inexpensive

range of tick and flea products, as well as a selection of shampoos, grooming products, treats, toys, beds, collars, leads and bowls, the shop caters for all your pet’s requirements. Trading hours are Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 16h00 and on Saturdays and Sundays from 08h00 to 12h00. The shop is also open on most public holidays, excluding Easter Sunday, Christmas and New Years day. For more information contact 021 700 4161 or email We look forward to being of service to you and your pets.

The HEAT is on It’s summer again, and time for you to enjoy the beautiful sunshine, beaches and mountains of our beloved Mother City. Whilst we hope that you will also remember to spend time with your pets and include them in your activities wherever possible, we do urge you to remember that animals are not as ‘summer loving’ as their human owners. Here are some tips for keeping your pets safe in scorching weather: l All animals need a constant supply of fresh water. Dogs have no sweat glands and can only lose heat by panting. So they need plenty of water to cool down and pet owners must check and fill their water bowls regularly and leave them in a shady area. l All animals need shelter from the heat and dog kennels should be removed from areas that will receive direct sunlight.



Do not exercise your animals in the heat of the day. First thing in the morning, late afternoon or in the evening are the best times and watch for warning signs - if your dog pants quickly, looks very tired or collapses, it could be suffering from heatstroke. Put him or her in a cool, shady spot and spray its body with cold water.

Tips for a paw-some holiday for your furry friends ‘Tis the season to have fun, entertain your guests and go on well deserved holidays. However, many animals are subjected to unnecessary stress over the holiday season and here are some guidelines to ensuring that your pets can share in the fun too! l



Holiday entertaining: Crowds of people, loud music and sounds frighten animals. Instead of allowing Fido to hang around the party, rather keep your pet safe in a peaceful environment. An animal’s hearing is far more sensitive than a human’s. Therefore please be mindful when, for instance, pulling Christmas crackers and popping champagne and balloons. Responsible feeding: Do not feed your pets left overs such as bones, which can splinter and cause blockages. Also remember that chocolates are poisonous to dogs. Holiday planning: If you cannot take your pet with you on vacation then make sure to place them in suitable boarding kennels or get

When walking, try to stay off hot surfaces (like asphalt) because it can burn your dog's paws. l Rabbits and other small mammals that are kept in outside hutches should also always be kept in the shade as hutches can heat up very quickly. All caged animals, even if they are indoors, should be kept out of direct sunlight. Owners of birds must keep an eye on and monitor the amount of sunlight and heat that can affect aviaries or birdcages which are close to windows. Keep your pets free from external parasites such as ticks and fleas. Consult the SPCA Vet Shop on

It can take as little as 15 minutes for a pet to succumb to heat exposure.




someone responsible to take care of them in your absence. Never abandon them and assume that they can and will take care of themselves because they definitely cannot and will not be able to cope. Travelling: If you are travelling for long distances in a car, ensure that adequate ventilation is in place for your pet and always take a bowl and a few litres of water along. If you plan to stop for a leg stretch, ensure that you have a proper collar and lead to secure and walk your pet. Identification: Make sure your pet is identified with a pet identity tag available at most vet shops or a microchip (inexpensive, noninvasive procedure available at vets and the SPCA). This significantly increases the chances of lost pets being reunited with their owners. Decorations: Animals are generally inquisitive so be sure to keep wiring, wrapping paper, ribbons, and basically anything that they could eat or get tangled up in, out of reach.




021 761 4463 or email for advice on the best product for your pet. Consider clipping or shaving dogs (and some breed of cats) with long coats, and apply sunscreen to your pet’s skin, nose and around the eyes, especially if she or he has a thin coat or is very light in colour. Very important: please do NOT leave animals in cars. On warm to hot sunny days cars heat up quickly and become like ovens. It can take as little as a mere 15 minutes for a pet to succumb to the effects of heat exposure. If you come across an animal left in a locked car please immediately take action to locate the owner either through shopping centre management or security personnel. Alternatively contact the SPCA on (021) 700 4158/9 or after hours and on weekends call 083 326 1604.

Diary Dates Share in the end of year cheer The annual SPCA Bequest Society and Donor Recognition luncheon takes place on Thursday 5 December 2013 at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands from 12h00 to 15h30. For an afternoon of fine dining, good company, and brilliant entertainment, book now in celebration of our animal friends. Contact Carol-Ann Brand now on 021 700 4150 or email to avoid disappointment. Ready to Wiggle and Waggle? It’s the doggy event of the year when thousands of four-legged walkers (and their owners) come together for a gentle 4.5km walk through the leafy suburbs of Tokai. Join us on 1 December 2013 at 08h00 at the School for Maths, Science and Technology on Firgrove Way. Further details at The ‘We CAN make a difference’ 2014 campaign Interested in getting your friends and family to give back in aid of animals? Why not sign up for an SPCA coin collection tin in the ‘We

CAN make a difference’ 2014 fundraising campaign? Whether you ask them to drop a donation into your can instead of buying you gifts on your birthday, or teach your children about the spirit of giving by matching the monetary rewards they get for chores and achievements with money for their cans - the ‘We CAN make a difference’ campaign is all about giving back in a fun and easy way. You have from January until 4 October 2014 to fill up your tins and the top fundraisers will each receive an award of recognition of their support. To sign up now, contact Natasha Johannes on 021 700 4155 or email Calling all cyclists and runners Interested in making your race count for more? Sign up now to raise funds for the SPCA by cycling in the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour on 9 March and/or running in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on 18 or 19 April 2014. To find out more contact Natasha Johannes on 021 700 4155 or email


SPCA HEROES ACSA CTIA goes the extra mile

Airports Company South Africa, Cape Town International Airport (ACSA, CTIA) is committed to nurturing and supporting non-profit organisations that make a real difference in the communities of Cape Town and surrounds. In August 2013 ACSA CTIA took representatives from each of their beneficiaries on a charity road show to visit, experience and share lessons learnt with other non-profit organisations in Khayalitsha and Gugulethu. “To the staff of the SPCA who attended the road show, it was inspirational to share success stories and challenges with others who too dedicate their lives to charitable

causes, and to see first-hand the impact that each organisation has on the community. ACSA, CTIA is genuinely invested in the development of communities and this was evident while on the road show”, said Lise-Marie Greeff-Villet, Resource Development Manager for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. The road show concluded at Hubspace in Khayelitsha where the CoGH SPCA was awarded funding of R175 000 from ACSA, CTIA to assist the Society’s Ani-Pals Education and Mobile Clinic Programme. This programme teaches young learners in schools across Cape Town about responsible pet care and offers free sterilisations for their pets. “We would like to thank ACSA, CTIA, not only for their generous and continued financial sponsorship, but for the real care and support they lend to each of their beneficiaries”, Greeff-Villet concluded.

Just some of the amazing people and companies who made a difference

SPCA bookworms raise over R 70 000 for animals Not only are books the most constant of friends, bring joy and serve to educate, they also bring in lots of money for good causes. Thanks to Cape Town’s bookworms who came out to support the SPCA's annual Canal Walk Book Sale in June and the Read and Feed Book Sale at the Cape Quarter in Green Point in September, over R70 000 was raised for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. Special thanks to the Canal Walk Foundation for hosting the SPCA’s annual book sales, the Cape Quarter’s Village Market management team for allowing the

Read and Feed Book Sale to be held at such a fantastic venue and to all SPCA book donors and volunteer book sorters, who made these sales such a huge success.

Pick n Pay, inspired by animals too

Pennies for paws received an award of appreciation In January, the Cape of Good Hope from our Society. The award for the SPCA launched its ‘We CAN make a top fundraisers in the corporate difference’ fundraising campaign, category went to the Pentaque which encourages individuals and Consultancy and MEC Global who corporates to fill up an SPCA can raised R1043.45 and R401.65 with coins by asking friends, family respectively. and co-workers to part with their pennies in aid of needy animals. Five companies and 24 individuals took on this challenge, which is all about giving back in a fun and easy way, and together filled 47 cans, raising a total of R5 482.35. In October, at a handover event held at the SPCA, top fundraisers 12 year old Jeannie Leigh Botha who brought in R 597.37 and Julia Jeannie Leigh Botha receives her top Aitchison who collected fundraiser award for the We Can Campaign R 602.82, each from SPCA’s Natasha Johannes. 8

In June, a team of staff from Pick n Pay’s head office visited the Cape of Good Hope SPCA in Grassy Park to hand over a generous donation of pet food and blankets. So inspired by the various types of animals that they saw, and the positive impact that each SPCA unit, such as the Inspectorate, Hospital, Horse Care Unit, Farmyard and Education department, has on animals, that they pledged to continue donating pet food to the SPCA for the foreseeable future. “Pick n Pay’s regular donations

of dry dog and cat food, which cannot be retailed but is still fit for consumption, greatly benefits the CoGH SPCA and the hundreds of animals we rescue and care for on a daily basis. As a Society that receives no government funding, we are enormously grateful to companies like Pick n Pay that has a social conscience for charity”, said LiseMarie Greeff-Villet, CoGH SPCA Resource Development Manager.

Animals granted their place in the shade

In celebration of Arbour Month, “greeny” organisation, GreenPop selected the Cape of Good Hope SPCA as the beneficiary of 30 indigenous trees which were planted at the Society in Grassy Park on 27 September 2013. “We have long had a need for trees to provide shade for our animals (and volunteers too) in the horse paddocks and in our big dog exercise runs. Now it seems that our animals will finally get their place in the shade - and just in time for summer too!” said SPCA Communication and Resource Development Manager Lise-Marie Greeff-Villet. “Not only do we rejoice for the sake of our animals, but we are also celebrating Arbour Month, which aims to highlight the essential role that trees play in sustainable development and the livelihoods of people and

Some of the CoGH SPCA and GreenPop staff as well as volunteers who helped plant the 30 trees during Arbor month. their environment”, said Greeff-Villet. Planting these trees, which included evergreens such as in Milkwoods, Water Berries, Yellowwoods, White Karee and a few Acacias, was a big undertaking supported by numerous community members and volunteers who did not hesitate to get their hands dirty in the spirit of reforestation and for the love of animals and nature. The Cape of Good Hope SPCA would like to again extend its gratitude to Greenpop, who not only sourced the trees, but also provided training in planting procedures and maintenance to SPCA staff members who will be nurturing these trees for the foreseeable future.

A heart for charity Romaine Slabbert and her husband Bernard adore animals and have a deep passion for their welfare. So much so that they decided to put their money where their mouths are and in August held a lovely charity dinner at the River Club in Observatory in aid of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. Not only did they hand over the generous proceeds of R16 080 to the SPCA, but also donated loads of pet food, blankets, treats, leads, beds and bowls, as well as tick and flea treatments - items all very much needed by the society.

Making mountains into mole hills 12 year old Ethan Mulligan of Sunningdale Primary School, together with his dad, Richard, took on the incredible challenge of climbing the highest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, in aid of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. Their journey took a total of seven days to complete, and the pair summited successfully in the early hours of 17 September 2013. Upon returning Ethan generously donated R 12 000 to the our Society, which he had collected from supportive friends and family through his Doit4charity fundraising profile as well as his personal blog, Ethan kept his supporters updated with regular blog posts and pictures thereby ensuring that everyone shared in his worthwhile challenge every step of the way. So touched were they by this young boy’s passion for animals

Ethan Mulligan and his determination to reach his goal that the Signature of Hope Trust donated an additional R12 000 to his cause, thereby allowing him to hand over a cheque of R24 000 to us.

Craft of love These cat lovers of the South Peninsula Hand Crafters Guild decided to put their crafting skills to good use by creating a beautiful range of comfy beds made out of recycled old clothing for the many cats and kittens in the The South Peninsula Hand Crafters Guild ladies SPCA’s care. were very proud of their cat beds. “This fantastic donation has come at just the right time when we are bracing ourselves for an influx of kittens during ‘kitten season’ (summer) when irresponsible pet owners allow their animals to breed uncontrollably and then dump the unwanted litters at the SPCA”, says SPCA Cattery Manager Naziemah Roodt.

Sweet treat for a good cause Every year the SA Cake Decorators Guild, Fish Hoek Chapter, donates a beautiful animal themed Christmas cake to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA to raffle off at the Society’s annual Bequest Society and Donor Recognition luncheon held in December. “The talented ladies of the Cake Decorators Guild time after time amaze us with their creative designs and this year is no different - not only is the cake gorgeous to look at, but we know that it tastes delicious too!”, said Bequest and Major Donor Officer Carol-Ann Brand. 9

A friend in need Is a friend indeed This is the tale of Fantasia, her rescue, road to recovery and the friendships she has made along the way. A story that has captured the hearts of many, while highlighting the plight of retired race horses in the Western Cape. Fantasia, formerly known as Coal Mine Canary, was bred and trained to compete, only to be discarded when she was no longer fast enough to grace the race course. Late on Friday 15 August 2013, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA Horse Care Unit received a call for help from a concerned member of the public - “A horse is down in a township near Delft and is not able to get up!” Together with Assistant Stable Master Thomas Mbalula, we raced down dark and bumpy dirt tracks surrounded by informal shacks until we came across a large group of people partying around an open fire and a horse’s body lay prone in a gutter. With heavy hearts we moved towards this drenched, wreck of a horse and believed that we were clearly too late. Then I noticed the animal’s eyes following our approach, eyes filled with fear and defeat. This animal who was supposed to be wrapped up warm in a stable was found surrounded by her greatest fears - flames, loud noises, crowds of people, taxi’s speeding and hooting by, and children playing football using her outstretch legs as a handy goal post. With stomach churning horror we shone our torch over the horse and noticed that this was a thoroughbred mare! A broken beauty, whose careful breeding makes the hard life of township living an impossibility, whose selective breeding has produced a body that demands large amounts of protein rich concentrate feed, shoes for her feet, and shelter from the elements to ensure a sleek, smooth coat. Even with our help, she could not summon the strength to get to her feet. But oh how this noble, brave mare tried. Her instinct to please was strong and even though she struggled and fell, and struggled and fell again, we had to show her that she was right to trust us. Rolling her onto a blanket, way below the dignity that she deserved, we tugged and heaved her into the horsebox. Racing back to the 10

Fantasia with her friend Zumba, the stable dog.

Animal lover and radio and TV presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen with Fantasia and Ou Toppie.

By Romanye Midgley, former Cape of Good Hope SPCA Horse Care Unit Manager

unit, our visibility was zero, not because of the driving rain, but because of the tears streaming down our faces. How could this happen? We were asked. Sadly, ‘this’, also known as, Bush Racing, happens every Friday and Saturday night on township streets. Here horses are raced on tar or gravel roads around residential blocks with the winners of each race allowed to continuously race until only the ultimate champion is left standing. Collisions with vehicles, slips and falls are all part of this blood sport. The horses have no shoes and are therefore more susceptible to a fall, no special feed, only grass, and thin nylon rope used in their mouths are considered suitable bridles. The collapsed are left for dead. Emaciated and dehydrated, this horse was clearly suffering. Her mouth was torn, probably from a very thin bit used in cruel hands. Abrasions and cuts were visible all over her body, possibly from falling on a tar road or being hit by a car. No hoof walls or soles were left, only the soft fleshy frog on the bottom of her feet. Miraculously, the next day, the will to live was back in her eyes and that is when we made a pact her and I - as long as she wants to fight back, that is as long as I will fight by her side. Two days prior to her arrival at the unit, Ou Toppie, a 35 year old dark bay pony gelding who was found roaming on a Philippi vegetable farm was rescued by our Society. This gentle soul had outgrown his usefulness and after years of devoted service, his heartless owners threw him out onto the streets to fend for himself. Frozen and dehydrated and although nothing more than a skeleton with skin draped over his body, this old boy was still standing with dignity. Despite his age, we were determined to nurse him back to health to ensure that before he took his last breath, he experienced tender love and care, a warm stable with a deep pine shaving bed to rest his weary body, a full tummy and a groomed coat. Fantasia and Ou Toppie became stable neighbours. Every day Fantasia grew stronger and on day four, we harnessed her and lifted her to her feet for an hour and then laid her down again for two hours. Gradually this type of exercise was increased until by day seven, after helping her get up, she managed to stand for an hour all by herself! While Fantasia recovered in her stable, often relaxing with the door open so that she could enjoy the sunshine, she watched Ou Toppie become acquainted with his new environment. She could also see the

activity around the yard - the duck Gemima splashing in the puddles and Mr and Mrs Chicken bickering with one another - and this was enough to keep her entertained. Each day Ou Toppie would stand outside Fantasia’s stable and there he would stay ever so quietly, never intruding into her space, just watching over her with his wise eyes. After a while, he’d slowly make his way to the grass, stopping every few metres to look over his shoulder and quietly nicker to her. This would continue until it was time for his lunch break. On 1 September while working at my desk, my heart stopped when Zumba, our stable dog, came into the office and lay down by my feet. He never leaves the side of a sick horse until the very end. No! She was doing so well, how could she have slipped away, I thought. And with tears streaming, I vaulted over my desk only to pull up very short. Fantasia was up and following Ou Toppie to the grass! I winced at every painful step she took, but she was up, walking, all on her own! Muzzle to muzzle they grazed. The calm, quiet ,professional in me was forgotten - my victory dance, leaps and shrieks certainly startled Tigger and Simon, our two stable cats, and even Gemima stopped eating to look at me askance. It really was the best spring day of my life! A little short of an hour later Ou Toppie led Fantasia back to her stable where she immediately collapsed into a deep sleep while Zumba took up his usual spot and curled up next to her head. This became their routine and today these precious souls have a true friendship and bond. They roam the SPCA’s grounds at whim and know exactly who the soft targets are to wangle a carrot, apple or even a bit of fruit salad out of. They are not beyond wandering into an office to beg for a treat or knock on a window to remind the person behind the glass that they are there. The friendship is evolving as Fantasia becomes the stronger one and now when Ou Toppie becomes weary, he rests against her. In the mornings Fantasia is out first but always waits for Ou Toppie to shuffle out of his stable before leading the way to the day’s grazing. They don’t graze muzzle to muzzle as before but are never beyond each other’s sight. The pair will go on to live out the rest of their days on a charming farm in Philadelphia, with me, their new mom. “Friendship isn’t about whom you have known the longest... It’s about who came, and never left your side...” - Unknown

Sponsor a SPCA Stable

If you love horses and would like the opportunity to give back, why not sponsor a stable and help care for the many less fortunate horses, ponies and donkeys rescued by the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA’s Horse Care Unit on a daily basis? By sponsoring a stable or paddock, you will be helping our Society to give all rescued equines a comfortable place to recover from their often traumatic ordeals, good quality bedding to lie their injured and neglected bodies upon, the correct food required for their recovery as well as any veterinary, dentistry and farrier treatment that they might need. These stables are their homes until they are ready to be adopted. The SPCA therefore calls on all horse lovers to help us make their stay with the unit as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

The cost of being the exclusive sponsor of one of our eight stables – in which those horses are housed that require the most attention and rehabilitation - is R3000 per month. Exclusive sponsors will have a plaque placed at the stable in recognition of their generous contribution. Co-sponsorships cost R1500 per month, and a partial sponsorship can be provided for R500 per month. You could also sponsor a paddock for R300 per month. Paddocks house more than one horse at a time and each paddock contains its own “equine house” that provides shelter, bedding and food to the paddock horses. Sponsors need to commit their support for 12 months. For more information, contact the fundraising department on 021 700 4141 or email

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MAKING INROADS in the community While most people think that the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA just helps dogs and cats, in reality we speak for, protect and care for all animals, of which farm animals constitute a good chunk of our time and resources. An important function of the Farm Animal Unit is to ensure that animals destined for slaughter, whether for commercial, religious, traditional, cultural or ritual purposes, are treated humanely and in accordance with the Animals Protection Act. To illustrate this, recently, while extending good wishes to Muslims who were preparing to celebrate Eidul-adha (Qurbani) on 16 October 2013, the CoGH SPCA worked very closely with the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC), the Halaal Trust and local farm owners to make sure that Qurbani was held not only in harmony with the Muslim religion and culture, but also to abide by the law.

Rescued, confiscated or surrendered farmyard animals, from sheep, goats and cattle, to chickens, ducks and rabbits, find refuge at the SPCA Farm Animal Unit “We’re pleased that no animal cruelty was reported to us over the Qurbani period and we would like to extend our gratitude to the MJC and farm owners for their willingness to work together to ensure that all animals were treated with respect

and compassion. We look forward to further developing and maintaining good relations with the community and their representative bodies, like the MJC,” said CoGH SPCA Inspectorate Manager Moyo Ndukwana. During Qurbani, the Farm Animal

Unit ensures that all animals are confined in such a manner that allows them adequate space, ventilation, shelter, food and water, and advises the community on how the slaughtering should be performed. Transportation to slaughter sites is also a concern for the SPCA and to address this, the unit, in collaboration with traffic officials, man road blocks to prevent the inhumane transportation of livestock. SPCA Inspectors in the Farm Animal Unit also regularly remove stray cattle and goats left to pasture dangerously on the side of major highways; confiscate chickens and farmyard animals kept without food and water in inadequate conditions and from roadside markets; take in neglected sheep, and constantly strive to educate owners on how to properly care for and treat these animals.

Dog fighting - why? Type ‘dog fighting in Cape Town’ into Google and up pops a whopping 1,020,000 results! According to the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA, this scourge in our so-called civilized society is becoming an increasingly popular blood sport.

risk if they are not well-socialised and have been conditioned or allowed to attack or fight, which is usually the case with the rescued Pit Bulls.

Footprints spoke to the society’s CEO Allan Perrins to shed some light on this tragic reality that many animals are subjected to daily.

What are the stakes involved? It is alleged that this is a lucrative blood sport with tens of thousands of Rands being punted as prizes for the winners and winnings for those who bet on the sport. However, we have our reservations and believe that the real value appears to lie with being able to breed with and “sell” the offspring from so-called proven champions. Keeping in mind that we are dealing with a depraved sector of society and that wealth and riches are relative terms, the stakes don’t always involve money but often involve sexual favours and drugs.

How big of a problem is dog fighting? While no one really knows for sure, based on our experiences and recent media reports, it is safe to assume that there is a sick minority of dog owners who lust for blood and if one considers the sheer number of Pit Bulls out there, which is sadly the preferred breed for fighting, then we all have reason to be concerned.


What are the misconceptions? That fighting dogs were bred to fight and that Pit Bulls enjoy tearing each other apart. This cannot be further from the truth. It is also believed by those who participate in dog fighting activities, that by allowing dogs to kill each other in a fighting pit, you weed out the weak and in the process strengthen the breed. Another unfortunate misperception is that the SPCA despises Pit Bulls and considers them too dangerous to be kept as pets. The truth is that we believe that the Pit Bulls can be wonderful pets, however, in general they present a serious bite

What happens to the dogs that are rescued? Sadly but unavoidably many - not all have to be humanely euthanased as they are too aggressive or unpredictable to rehome. Does the SPCA work with authorities to address this issue? We have productive working relationships with SAPS as well as the city’s Law Enforcement. The challenge lies in the court system and the inadequate sentences handed down to perpetrators. Are Pit Bulls seen as a status symbol? Pit Bulls add perceived street credibility to the otherwise pitiful profile that most dog fighters encountered by the SPCA portray. Unlike their owners, they are tough,

Guidelines to pet owners The SPCA advises residents living in areas where fireworks will be discharged to adopt the following guidelines to help protect their pets: l Ensure all animals have identification; preferably a microchip or at least with a dog tag because without identification, the task of reuniting lost pets with their owners will be that much more difficult; l If possible, stay at home with them; l If you can’t be at home, keep your pets inside and preferably in a room that is safe and secure; l Try and mask any noise by drawing the curtains and playing calming music; l Put familiar and comforting things around them; l Give your pets a nutritious and balanced meal - this is likely to make them more sleepy; l Give them something to chew on, a chewy bone or catnip toys for cats; If you suspect your pet will react badly to fireworks, please seek professional advice from your veterinarian who may prescribe a sedative to help them cope. There are also effective homeopathic remedies available that may be bought across the counter at vet shops to help keep your pet calm.

Fireworks - know the law says SPCA Each year during Fireworks season, countless animals and humans are left injured and traumatised by these so-called “festive pleasures”. Whether over Guy Fawkes, Diwali, or on New Year's eve, members of the public are urged to be mindful of the dangers of discharging fireworks as well as what the law says about the use of firecrackers. “The SPCA is opposed to the use of any fireworks which emit a loud noise, due to the trauma and injuries they cause animals. Because animals are able to hear a wider range of sounds than humans can, the sound from fireworks is at least seven times louder to them and therefore their natural response would be to try and escape the sound with sometimes tragic consequences”, said CoGH SPCA Inspectorate Manager Moyo Ndukwana. The Animals Protection Act clearly

states that “it is illegal for any person to terrify any animal” yet despite the SPCA’s efforts to educate the public on the dangers and legalities of using fireworks and lobbying government for a total ban on the use of fireworks, injuries and trauma to animals occurs each year during fireworks season. The Firearms and Explosives Ordinance also makes it illegal for any child under the age of 16 to use or buy fireworks and it is illegal to use or sell fireworks without an official permit except at an officially designated site. In spite of this legislation,

fireworks are still sold in many corner cafés to anyone with money to buy and let off at home where they pose a potential danger. For a list of designated areas that have been assigned by the City of Cape Town for the safe discharge of fireworks, visit Harming an animal with fireworks will result in prosecution and concerned members of the public are to please report any acts of alleged cruelty to the CoGH SPCA on 021 700 4140/59 or after hours and on weekends to 083 326 1604. To report a fire, call 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cell phone (enter the number on your cell phone as a speed dial). Members of the public with information relating to the illegal sale or use of fireworks should please report the information to the Metro Police call centre on 0860-POLICE (765 423) or to the SAPS on 10111.

Left: CEO Allan Perrins embraces a lucky rescued Pit Bull cross named Bella at the SPCA’s facility in Grassy Park

dog fights. Huskies for instance are allegedly drenched in fresh blood and used as bait dogs. Is Illegal backyard breeding part of the problem? In a province with an admitted dog over-population problem, any form of backyard breeding adds to the animal welfare problem. Most backyard puppies survive on pure instinct and hone their killer instincts making them desirable fighting dogs that are quickly snapped up by fighting pimps.

loyal and if cared for correctly, can make excellent companions. They are one of two breeds that appear to have status value, the other being Huskies.

Is the recent spate of dog thefts linked to dog fighting? We suspect that some dogs are stolen and trafficked into neighbouring countries to be used in

Is this a national problem? Yes and it is even an international problem. The most recent successful raid was on a smallholding in the Plettenberg Bay area where a number of ‘Kingpins’ were caught in the act and brought to justice.

How can the public help? Be our eyes and ears. We cannot win this war without allies and we need all caring Pit Bull owners to help us win this fight by reporting any dog fighting suspicions and activities to the SPCA and/or local law enforcement office. Please help us in this battle. We continuously need funds to cover the costs (salaries, vehicles, equipment, etc.) associated with mobilising a large enough and welltrained team of inspectors who can monitor, intervene and educate people in all the communities that we serve throughout our 11 000 km2 operational area. If you can help, contact Inspectorate Manager Moyo Ndukwana via email


Your R50 can feed an animal

and win you R10 000! Since July 2012, 16 lucky animal lovers from all over Cape Town have each won R10 000 simply by supporting a cause close to their hearts, namely the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA. You can also stand a chance to win by getting your tickets today for the CoGH SPCA’s monthly Tails Up lucky draw competition and you'll be saving precious animal lives at the same time! All you need to do is sign up for 12 Tails Up competition tickets at a mere R50 per ticket, giving you 12 chances to win each year. To increase your chances of winning, you can even purchase more than one ticket per draw. What’s better is that the Tails Up competition is limited to 2000 people, which means that the odds of winning are great. “Each month, your Tails Up ticket will directly aid the CoGH SPCA, a society that receives no government funding and relies solely on the public for financial support to continue our


vital lifesaving work”, said Lise-Marie Greeff-Villet, Resource Development Manager for the society. Sign up today by emailing ‘Let’s get those tails wagging’ to or call 021 700 4171.

Our lucky draw past winners include: October 2013: Patrys Niemand, Kuilsriver September 2013: Bruce Scott, Brackenfell August 2013: Cornelia Hanekom, Milnerton July 2013: Christo Visagie, Stellenbosch June 2013: Gavin Ludolph, Southfield May 2013: Heidl Wolter, Plumstead April 2013: Tracy de Lange, Schoongezicht March 2013: Taryn Ryan, Bergvliet February 2013: Liza Black, Newlands January 2013: Myles Lasker, Hout Bay December 2012: Sean Tucker, Durbanville November 2012: Suzanne Zakarian, Bloubergstand October 2012: Tanisha Neill, Constantia September 2012: Craig Peirce, Durbanville August 2012: Elicia Rabie, Strand July 2012: Nicola Walker, Diep River

Left: October 2013 winner Patrys Niemand

Right: June 2013 winner Gavin Ludolph

SPCA reaches out to animals in Atlantis

Horse owners travelled long distances to be seen by SCPA Vet, Dr Lauren Chong Atlantis pet owners who brought their dog or cat in for the free sterilisation, also received a Hill’s sponsored blanket for their pet

In celebration of World Animal Week (4-10 October 2013), the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA mobilised the services of their Inspectorate, Hospital, Horse Care Unit, Farmyard and Education departments to reach out to the community of Atlantis on 7 October. As part of the initiative, the SPCA sterilised and treated a number of animals at no cost and at the same time educated pet owners on responsible pet care. A total of 42 dogs and cats were sterilised, dewormed and dipped. The CoGH SPCA Horse Care Unit also vaccinated and dewormed 38 horses and gelded two stallions. Passionate about animal welfare, premium pet food manufacturer, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, sponsored the sterilisation procedures for all cats and dogs and provided each pet with free food and blankets. Cipla Vet also came on board by generously donating all tick, flea and deworming treatments and thanks to Vetserve, all equines were dewormed. Said CoGH SPCA Communications and Resource Development Manager Lise-Marie Greeff-Villet: “The area of Atlantis has a great need for animal welfare services, mostly due to the absence of a resident animal welfare organisation at work in the area. We’re pleased that the community now have a better understanding of the importance of sterilisation and the purpose of the SPCA”.

“Although there is still much work and education to be done in the area, it’s a step forward when members of the community start requesting our advice on animal related matters and we intend to continue to work with them in the best interests of their animals”, she added. After noticing the large numbers of horses in the area in need of assistance, the CoGH SPCA again visited Atlantis on 29 October - this time to offer advice and guidance on proper feeding, exercising and housing of equines. Thanks to the generosity of the Cart Horse Protection Association who teamed up with the CoGH SPCA, 40 horses received free farrier treatment, many of which had never had their feet treated before. “The horses are much-loved pets and their owners want to give them the best but unfortunately do not always have the resources to do so”, said Greeff-Villet.

Animals received free treatment at the SPCA’s mobile clinic

Inspectorate Manager Moyo Ndukwana loads an animal to be sterilised at the SPCA’s Hospital 15

Cape Town’s top dog For the second year running, the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA and super premium pet food manufacturer, Royal Canin, searched for Cape Town’s top dog and finest feline in the SPCA Royal Canin Mutt and Meow of the Year online competition. After four weeks and hundreds of entries received, the winners of the coveted titles were announced on 23 July 2013. Mutt of the Year The top dog title went to Sabi, a dog rescued from the side of a road in a township near Wellington. Burnt, starved, dehydrated and riddled with fleas, and despite having had a tough start to life, Sabi has deeply enriched the life of her owner, Rene May. “When I saw the tiniest black puppy trying to climb up the pavement, before my husband could stop the car, I was already half way out the door! The hardship and torture she’d already endured in her very short life was obvious. Sabi also got her name that day. After a good bath and dressing of her wounds, she went out for dinner with us. We ordered sushi and before either of us could stop her, she made a beeline for the sushi, and devoured a little clump of wasabi! Today, feisty Sabi is our other dog Lorrs’ best friend, has melted our hearts and needless to say, brings our family endless joy”, said Rene. Boeboe, owned by loving mommy Sanette Meiring earned 2nd place, while cutie pie Nemo owned by Hansa Ranchod was announced as the 3rd place Mutt of the Year winner.

Right: SPCA Royal Canin Mutt of the Year, Sabi, with her beloved family Rene May, Megan and Evan


and finest feline Meow of the Year The Meow of the Year was awarded to Smokey, the rescue cat that overcame having to get around with no eye-lids and complete blindness in one eye. In her entry owner Marlene Kloka wrote: “Everyone told us to give up, that putting her to sleep was our only option. We refused. After undergoing a blepharoplasty, electrolysis and wearing the ‘cone of shame’ for two months like a trouper, Smokey got a new lease on life. She never lost her sweet and lovable nature and after three years I can confirm that she is a walking miracle. Smokey does not know she only has one eye and she has the heart of a lion. She is the bravest of all our babies, even climbing trees the others won’t. Smokey remains by far the most lovable of my gang of five kitties and loves to talk, mostly giving orders to her human slaves. We go ‘ga-ga’ every time she stares at us with her little ‘squinty’ eye and meows very softly. Smokey has a very special place in our hearts and anytime we can spend with her is a blessing.” Second place Meow of the Year was awarded to Muffin owned by Nadhia Ayliff, and third place to Pickles, owned by Fazila Soobramoney. Fundraisers of the Year The winner of the Top Meow Fundraiser’s category was McEnroe,

whose owner Candice NoakesDobson raised R 1000 in the form of donations for the CoGH SPCA by encouraging friends and family to vote for her pet. The Top Mutt Fundraiser was Jackson, who together with his owner Vee Ashlin raised an amazing R2210 for the society! The competition, which aims to remind people of the undeniable bond that can form between an animal and its owner and the important role that a pet can play in a human’s life, raised more than R36000 for the CoGH SPCA, twice as much as the year before. Entrants were required to upload a photograph of their pet along with a short description of why he/she deserves the prestigious title and how the animal has enriched their lives. Entries were shared with the world and evaluated by a panel of judges, which included famed SA comedian Marc Lottering, much loved radio and TV presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen, and international awardwinning actress and presenter Natalie Becker. Said CoGH SPCA Communication and Resource Development Manager Lise-Marie Greeff-Villet: “Working at the SPCA, we come face to face with the cruelty of humankind every day, and we eventually start to lose faith in people. However, as we read through the almost 200 amazing stories of

2013 SPCA Royal Canin Meow of the Year Smokey with her smitten owner Marlene Kloka

animal rescues and human-animal relationships that loving pet owners shared with the world through this competition, we were reminded again of the thousands of animal-lovers out there who open their hearts, minds, wallets and their homes to animals in need every day. We then know we (animal welfare workers) are not alone in our vision of an animalcruelty free society, and a small part of our faith in humanity is restored. We cannot fight this battle alone – and we are so thankful to each and everyone out there, who stands alongside us.” According to the judges, choosing the winners from the hundreds of

entries received proved to be quite a challenge. Said competition judge, Royal Canin’s Louise McQueen, “It was a tough competition to judge as all of them are deserving of the titles”. “It was the most difficult thing I have had to do in ages! Judging the Miss Universe pageant is easier!” said Marc Lottering. Winners were awarded fabulous prizes from Royal Canin, Cipla Vet, PetAlive, Scratzme, the SPCA Vet Shop and Tamed and Framed Pet Photography. They were also presented with floating trophies, medals and rosettes.

From left to right: Nemo (Mutt 3rd place) and Hansa Ranchod; Boeboe (Mutt 2nd place) with Sanette Meiring; Sabi (Mutt of the Year 2013) with Rene and Megan May; Jackson (Mutt Fundraiser 2013) with Vee Aslin; Nadhia Ayliff (owner of Meow 2nd place Muffin); Pickles (Meow 3rd place) with Fazila Soobramoney; Smokey (Meow of the Year 2013) with Marlene Kloka; and McEnroe (Meow Fundraiser 2013) with Candice Noakes Dobson. 17

Snake nursed back to health In July, a Burmese Python came to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA’s Wildlife Unit in an appalling condition. The adult female reptile was suffering and ill due to being kept under extremely poor captive conditions, and in a cold and wet environment, which led to the development of pneumonia, mouth and scale rot.

Passionate about wild animals and their wellbeing, the team of three Wildlife Unit Inspectors immediately began rigorous treatment including a course of antibiotics which was required to nurse the animal back to good health. After weeks of medication and care in a warm and comfortable environment, the animal made a


full recovery into a vibrant, healthy snake. Said Brett Glasby, who together with his two fellow inspectors put in lots of hard work and effort into helping the animal pull through: “We are overjoyed with her recovery and look forward to releasing this beautiful animal into a suitable location on the guidance of Cape Nature”.

After weeks of medication and care.

Lending a hand to Harris Hawk

Wildlife inspector, Megan Reid, examines the Harris Hawk for possible injuries.


In September 2013, the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA Wildlife Unit received a call from a concerned member of the public about a large bird of prey that appeared to be stuck high up in a pine tree in Hout Bay. Inspectors Brett Glasby and Megan Reid arrived on the scene only to discover that the bird was in fact a Harris Hawk, which is a North American bird of prey popular to the falconry industry. The bird’s jesses (thin straps traditionally made from leather) and frayed lead - both instruments used in bow-perching - was entangled with a branch and is what caused him to become stuck eight to 10 metres up the tree. The inspectors enlisted the help of

the Hout Bay Fire Department and thanks to the bravery of Gavin Woolsteincroft and the # 3 platoon of the department, who went above and beyond the normal call of duty to assist the CoGH SPCA, the bird was safely rescued. The stray hawk was taken to the CoGH SPCA’s Wildlife Unit for a medical check and thankfully, the animal was unharmed. After conducting a home check to determine whether the animal would be living in suitable conditions, the inspectors reunited the Hawk with its grateful owner. Special thanks go out to Gavin Woolsteincroft, David Muller, Grant Magerman, Romolla Frieslaar and Station Commander Prince of the Hout Bay Fire Department.

A watchful eye on wildlife While the SPCA movement is opposed to wild animals kept in captivity, in reality housing animals in wildlife sanctuaries, zoos and in animal parks is not against the law. As the society for prevention of cruelty to animals, the SPCA’s role would be to ensure that the animals kept in such facilities are happy and environmentally enriched. In October, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA’s Wildlife Unit proactively visited a number of these facilities in the Boland area to ensure that their animals were being kept in suitable conditions. Depending on the needs of the specific animals, such inspections aim to make sure that all animals: l l

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Are healthy; Have the correct food and sufficient water; Do not show signs of stress; Are provided with physical and mental stimulation, such as toys, swimming and exercise facilities, as a bored animal can

Tigers are sometimes provided, amongst other things, with tyres to play with - which they thoroughly enjoy. And don’t worry - a few minutes after taking this photograph, the tiger continued his play and lazily rolled out of the tyre



easily become stressed and/or depressed. Are provided with the necessary space to claim an area as its own territory if required; Are kept safe from visitors by checking that their enclosures are properly secured and in the case of reptiles, the SPCA would look at the temperature of the enclosures

to make sure that they are suitable. “We’re pleased that we did not encounter many issues, other than a few water bowls needing more frequent replenishing and about two animals that required minor veterinary attention. We also used the opportunity to guide and educate the animal handlers on how to further

improve the living conditions of the animals”, said SPCA Wildlife Unit Inspector Brett Glasby. If you ever visit a wildlife facility where you find something that bothers you, please do not hesitate to contact us and report it to 021 700 4158/9 or email

The seal that stopped traffic When Wildlife Unit Inspector Brett Glasby received a call from the City’s Law Enforcement requesting assistance with a seal, he did not expect to find an enormous seal smack bang in the middle of the busy Baden Powell Drive.

The seal, unperturbed by the major traffic delays he was causing during peak hour traffic, was warming up on the tar road after a possibly long swim. Using a normal beach towel wrapped around the animal’s head to limit the chances of stress-induced shock, Brett gently guided the animal back over the sand dunes towards the beach. “It is not uncommon for naïve seal pups to wander onto the road in search of warmth, but this is the first time that we have witnessed an adult male on a road. Seals usually enjoy some sun on the rocks, but since there were no rocks in the area, we assume that he decided to use the tar road as an alternative”, said Brett. He added: “The animal was in a fairly good condition other than

having a few cuts and bruises which suggests that he may have been in a fight and was forced off his island by other males during the current breeding season”. The Cape of Good Hope SPCA Wildlife Unit will be monitoring the area to ensure that he does not return to the road. Should members of the public come across any stranded seals, they should contact the unit on 021 700 4158/9 during office hours or on 083 326 1604 after hours and on weekends. The SPCA has the necessary permits to transport seals and works closely with Marine and Coastal Management to have any seals relocated back to the relevant island. It is an offence to touch, feed or transport any seal without the necessary permits. 13 19

Get Active Calling all fun-loving, adventure seeking, animal lovers! The Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA invites you to cycle the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour on 9 March 2014 or run the Old Mutual Two Oceans

Marathon on 19 April 2014 as part of Team SPCA. Whether you’re a novice or a fitness fanatic, Team SPCA is all about having fun and getting active for a good cause.

Last year, 120 Team SPCA members from all over Cape Town young and old and of different fitness levels - raised close to R450 000 for the CoGH SPCA. “In 2014, we hope to have even

more people make their race, challenge or just about any event count for more. Most importantly, every pedal push, stride, hill, and all the tears and sweat will be worth the pain for those happy barks and

12 year old Ethan Mulligan conquered Kilimanjaro in aid of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA


for Animals wagging tails”, said CoGH SPCA Challenge Fundraising Coordinator Natasha Johannes. She adds: “It may sound hard to raise this amount of money, but it’s been proven more than possible by all past Team SPCA members. Plus you will be offered lots of advice and fundraising tools to make it easier to encourage others to support you”. Team SPCA is not just open to sports enthusiasts; anyone can join simply for the love of animals. Whether you plan to bungee jump, skydive or lose weight, organise a dance or zumba marathon or ask family and friends to make donations in lieu of a gift for your birthday or anniversary, you too can make a difference to the life of an animal in a special way. Recently 12 year old Ethan Mulligan set out to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro with his dad and decided that he wanted to do more than just climb a mountain. He summited on 17 September and raised over R24 000 thanks to the support of his friends, family and others that he inspired. Nine year old Lilla Fleischmann, the youngest Team SPCA member to date, took part in the first-ever Colour Run in Cape Town on 19 October and raised R2 330 for animal welfare, a cause close to her heart. Meanwhile, on the same day but on other side of the Cape Town, Roland Croxford, Reza Eksteen and Chanel de Bruyn ran, crawled, climbed over and under 18 obstacles that stretched over a 12km course during the Cape Town New Balance IMPI Challenge - simply for their love of animals. Team SPCA member Linky Potgieter ran the Knysna Marathon on the 6 July and raised R2 200. A number of Team SPCA members set up their own fundraising blogs

Reza Eksteen, Chanel de Bruyn and Roland Croxford at the 2013 Impi Challenge

while others chose to deposit the money directly into the CoGH SPCA’s bank account. Ethan selected to raise funds via while Lilla asked her friends and family to donate to her cause on and a few others have since opted to use It’s easy to manage your fundraising initiatives through websites like these. Simply register as a fundraiser and ask all your friends and business colleagues to visit your page to support you. You don’t have to handle any cash yourself and all the money is passed on directly to the SPCA. The Team SPCA Cycle Tour 2014 is generously sponsored by UltraDog, Bayer and Cape Union Mart, while the Team SPCA Two Oceans Marathon 2014 running shirts are sponsored by New Balance.

Nine year old Lilla Fleischmann

Left: Donne Deacon from Claremont, Liezel Human & Riaan Veldtmann from Gardens at the Cape Argus Cycle Tour.

Below: Team SPCA member Linky Potgieter, ran the Knysna Marathon on 6 July and raised R2 200

To find out more, contact Natasha Johannes on 021 700 4155 or email, like our Facebook page ‘Cape of Good Hope SPCA’ or follow us on Twitter @SPCACape.

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For the love of animals The Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA is privileged to have a team of supporters that comprises of individuals, corporates, trusts and very special bequest society members that join arms in their fight against animal cruelty. They share a common goal - to help make the world a better place for those who cannot protect themselves the animals. Each year the CoGH SPCA hosts sponsored luncheons as an opportunity to bring together these likeminded individuals to celebrate their love for animals and pay tribute to their generous support of the SPCA and their vital lifesaving work. In June, supporters attended a Bequest Society Luncheon at the Old Mutual House in Bishops Court where guests not only enjoyed a lovely meal, but also listened to famed chiropractor and guest speaker Dr David Black of Gabriella’s Umbrella who shared his knowledge about chiropractic animal care as well as a few happily-ever-after recovery stories of animals that underwent chiropractic treatment. Guests and SPCA bequest society members John and Elize Beach said: “We would like to thank you for such a special lunch. We really enjoyed every moment! Dr Black’s compassion and dedication for animals is exceptional and the hard work displayed by the SPCA team was most encouraging”. In August, representatives of various trusts that manage charitable foundations and corporate sponsors, were invited to another special luncheon to thank them for their support and their investment.

Bequest members Carla Hanekom, Giovanna Sartor, Rowena Evans and Miriam Gordon, Kim Shiffman, Jutta Fitzmaurice, Ann Middleton, Anne Wozniak, Ingo Holland and Jenny Chambers at the Bequest Luncheon

Anthony Nicklin (middle), from the Hoheisen Charitable Trust who loyally supports the CoGH SPCA Wildlife Unit, received a certficate of recognition from SPCA CEO, Allan Perrins (left) and SPCA Chairman Dr Theo Shippey (right)

the year in good spirits with fine food, good Save End company, and loads of heartwarming moments as SPCA looks back through the past year’s the the highlights, successes and challenges at their annual Bequest Society and Donor Recognition Luncheon. Date The Christmas luncheon takes place on 22

5 December 2013 at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands. Bookings are open to members of the SPCA Bequest Society, their friends and family. Because seats are limited and fill up fast, book early to avoid disappointment. Contact Carol-Ann Brand on 021 700 4150 or email


Ever wondered what happens to animals once they have been rehomed by the SPCA? Here are a few happyever-afters to warm your heart!

Zoe, now part of the furniture Angus and Molly We bet that when Angus, a male wirehaired cross puppy, arrived at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA as a stray in April, that he didn’t expect to find a wonderful new home AND a new best fur friend! James Van As and his partner decided that it was time to welcome another pet into their lives, and especially to be a companion to their old girl Molly. Down the row of excited barks and energetic tail wags of the SPCA’s adoption kennels, James came across Angus in his kennel, ready and waiting. It was an instant match. Angus now lives in the lap of luxury in Fish Hoek with his best friend Molly and together they spend their days being showered with love, good food and more than enough attention in the Van As household. He is even spoilt with regular vacations at the family’s holiday home in Pringle Bay where he and Molly enjoy long walks on the beach!

In July, Janita Hotlzhausen came to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA in search of a feline friend. What she found was much more than just a cat. Zoë, a stray with a long black and white coat, yellow eyes and a gentle nature, stole Janita’s heart with one simple purr and cuddle, and the rest as they say, is history. Zoë is now literally part of the furniture in her new home where she enjoys relaxing on the kitchen shelves when she is not busy enjoying lots of affection from her new family. “She is the most loving cat anyone could have asked for and brings me so much joy! Thank you SPCA for allowing me to have this precious gift”, said a smitten Janita.

New kids on the block In September three young stray goats found refuge at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA’s rustic farmyard. Silly Billy, Naughty Nan and Spaniel, as they were named by former SPCA Farmyard Manager Romayne Midgley, soon became popular residents in the yard and never failed to attract some ‘Oohh’s and Aahh’s’ from passersby due to their undeniable cuteness. Farmyard staff were required to hand feed these little kids every two hours throughout the day and night, tucked them in cosy blankets at

night and ensured that they were fed only the best to build up their immune systems and to make sure that they received all the nutrients they needed. It’s not surprising that strong bonds were formed and so when farm owner William Steenkamp applied to adopt them into his lovely farm in Phillipi, tears of both joy and sadness flowed. “I must admit that I cried when I handed them over because we were going to miss them dearly, however, knowing that they were going to be happy in their new forever home, made the tears of sadness turn into joy!”, said Romayne. According to William, the kids have settled in nicely and spend their days playing out in the fields with the rest of the farm animals and enjoy sleeping in the barn at night.

In Memoriam John Beck is a firm believer in the collective value of coins, so much so, that he saves every spare penny he has. When his beloved pet dog Oscar passed away recently, John decided to donate a bag full of coins that he had been collecting for months to a cause close to his heart, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, in memory of Oscar. Thanks to John and Oscar, the SPCA received a donation of R410.57 to be used to care for the less fortunate animals in their care. To the SPCA, every cent counts – thank you, John


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Magazine of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, CAPE TOWN, South Africa