City boost for SPCAs
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.’
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