City boost for SPCAs

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Dave Sa­vides

AN­I­MAL lovers at the Em­pan­geni and Richards Bay SPCA branches were thrilled on Fri­day as R198 000 was paid into each of their bank ac­counts by the City of UMH­LATHUZE.

The grants-in-aid are specif­i­cally in­tended for run­ning costs of the small an­i­mal pounds, which deal in the main with cats and dogs.

Af­ter pro­tracted ne­go­ti­a­tions, es­pe­cially over the past year, Em­pan­geni SPCA spokesper­son Ch­eryl Whittaker was over­joyed at re­ceiv­ing the funds, as well as by the com­mit­ment of Deputy Mu­nic­i­pal Man­ager, Thandiwe Mathe­bule.

‘This is such won­der­ful news to share with the thou­sands of res­i­dents and ratepay­ers who have stood by us through­out our fi­nan­cial strug­gle.

‘There is a long his­tory of bat­tling for sur­vival and both SPCAs have come close to clos­ing doors, had the pub­lic not come to our res­cue,’ said Ch­eryl.

‘We are ex­tremely grate­ful to Ms Mathe­bule for her time and un­der­stand­ing, and es­pe­cially for her ac­knowl­edge­ment and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the work be­ing done by the SPCAs in our city.

‘She also un­der­stands the need to com­ply with the re­quire­ments of the KZN Pound Act.

‘We can now con­tinue the nev­erend­ing work of the small an­i­mal pound with a con­sid­er­able mea­sure of re­lief.’ How­ever, this should not be in­ter­preted as the end of the SPCA’s fi­nan­cial wor­ries.

‘Ev­ery SPCA needs a con­stant sup­ply of an­i­mal food, blan­kets, bed­ding and clean­ing ma­te­ri­als to be able to keep their ken­nels dis­ease free and the an­i­mals com­fort­able and happy,’ said Ch­eryl.

‘We would there­fore ap­peal to the pub­lic to con­tinue in their ef­forts to as­sist us, so that the mon­eys raised can be used for the outreach pro­grammes, ster­il­i­sa­tion projects and as­sist­ing an­i­mals of the in­di­gent and un­em­ployed.

‘This will in­clude staff salaries, ve­hi­cle and fuel costs, uni­forms, sun­dries, elec­tric­ity, wa­ter, medicines, ve­teri­nary bills and vac­cines - all things that must be paid for ev­ery month.’

Good ‘mews’ as mu­nic­i­pal­ity is­sues grants to city an­i­mal or­gan­i­sa­tions

Dave Sa­vides

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