Highveld Ridge SPCA needs your help – Ridge Times

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“There are more good animals than good homes,” said Ms. Mariska Strydom, President of the Highveld Ridge SPCA.

The local SPCA has suffered bad publicity in the past and nearly closed in 2018, but has since seen a complete turnaround.

The minimum cost to run the Highveld Ridge SPCA each month is R60,000. That’s without their monthly vet bills which range between R20,000 and R40,000.

The cost includes salaries, vehicle operation, animal feed, and day-to-day operation of the SPCA.

“Our vet bills are our biggest expense each month,” Ms. Strydom said.

The SPCA is a non-profit organization that relies solely on community and business funding.

They serve areas such as Secunda, Evander, Trichardt, Kinross, Leandra, Lebohang, Eendracht, Charl Cilliers, eMbalenhle and Val.

Currently, the SPCA has five permanent staff, two volunteers and a committee of six people.

Besides cats and dogs, the SPCA also welcomes livestock from farms and wildlife, such as owls, among many other creatures. The SPCA is also home to guinea pigs and turtles.

“Because of the region we are in, we see a very diverse range of animals. We have specific rehabilitation facilities that take in these animals if we are not able, ”Ms. Strydom said.

She said the wild animals are taken to rehabilitation centers as soon as possible to minimize the animal’s distress.

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“Unfortunately, in some of the severe cases that we see, we have no choice but to euthanize the animal. Any decision made at the SPCA is in the best interest of the animal,” Ms. Strydom said.

Currently, the SPCA is operating at 50 percent of its capacity.

“We are picky about where our animals go, so we have a strict adoption policy,” committee member Mr Dawid Viljoen said.

The adoption process consists of a meeting. Application forms will need to be completed with personal information such as identification number and proof of residence.

A deposit must be paid for a home inspection. If the request is approved, you will have to pay the outstanding amounts.

This will include the sterilization of the animal, the microchip and the first vaccination.

“We have to look for the best home for these animals. Every animal that leaves these premises must be sterilized, even our guinea pigs, ”Ms. Strydom said.

She said adoptions have increased over the past year.

“In one day, we had a record number of seven adoptions,” Ms. Strydom said.

Adopting a male dog is R850 and the female is R1 100. If the male or female dog has already been spayed, it will cost you R530.

Adopting a male cat is R850 and a female is R850. If the male or female cat has already been sterilized, it will cost R530.

A deposit of R250 is required for the pre-reception check. If approved, it will be added to the adoption fee.

The R250 deposit for the pre-hospitality check is non-refundable if you are not approved.

She said there had been a huge increase in animal cruelty, dog fighting and animals used as bait.

“If you know of people who commit acts of cruelty to animals, you should report it. According to the APA, if you see cruelty and don’t report it, you are just as guilty as the people who commit the cruelty, ”Ms. Strydom said.

She said the SPCA has 24 hours to respond to cases of cruelty.

“If you don’t report animal cruelty, you are just as guilty,” Ms. Strydom said.

The SPCA receives 6 to 14 cases of animal cruelty each week.

The SPCA has several means for the community to get involved, such as:
• Adopt a kennel
• My school
• SnapScans
• Volunteering

There is also a flea market on the premises of the SPCA.

Donations can also be made to the SPCA bank account: FNB – Account number: 62218637489

You can also donate directly for vet bills.
Evander Animal Clinic Inc – Standard Bank Secunda – Check: 081404719 – Ref n °: 24. Send proof of payment by email to [email protected]
Secunda Animal Hospital – ABSA Secunda 632005 – Acc number: 1012361463 – Ref number: 9872. Send proof of payment by e-mail to [email protected]
The following donations are always welcome:
• Puppy food • Kitten food • Cat litter • Blankets • Diesel • Dewormer • Cattery items • Bandages • Dry cat and dog food • Goat food • F10 products • Black bags • Giant rolls • Stationary.
You can also donate non-perishable food to staff.

For emergencies, contact 082 222 1122. Or contact the office during office hours on 082 869 2350.

Visit the Highveld Ridge SPCA Facebook page for more details on adoptions.

“We would like to thank the community and our volunteers for their continued support. Keeping our doors open would not have been possible without the support we receive, ”concluded Ms. Strydom.

Trading hours for the SPCA are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On Sundays they are closed but there is staff on site from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Please call the office to make special arrangements.

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