Protecting those who cannot speak
SPCA Swellendam is dedicated to the promotion of good animal welfare and prevention of cruelty to all animals.
Cruelty does not only affect pets, it also affects farm animals and wildlife.
Animal welfare, whether for pets, farm animals, animals in transit, or at a place of slaughter, should be considered in terms of the “Five Freedoms.”
Our Society educates the public, exposes perpetrators of cruelty, enforces the Animal Protection Act and promotes responsibility, care and compassion for all animals.
Swellendam SPCA have been actively promoting animal welfare in the region since 2001.
Our own area of operation covers 3835km² and we are also called on to assist animal welfare organisations who don’t have certified Inspectors, in neighboring municipal district towns too.
Through our trained dedicated staff, the help of our local volunteers, the municipality and in co-operation with local law enforcement bodies, our presence is making a visible difference to the lives of animals in our community.
Our services to the community include:
- On-site kennels and a cattery in which stray and surrendered animals are safely housed and cared for until claimed, or rehomed.
- A weekly veterinary consulting room for preventative treatment purposes is run by the staff after working hours, working under the supervision of a principal veterinarian. Treatment at the consulting room is offered at cost to animals from low income households.
- Periodic outreach services in outlying areas.
- Regular sterilisation drives held in and around our municipal area.
- On-going education initiatives are undertaken at schools and public events.
With your help we can continue to build onto our successes and remain committed to improving the lives of animals in our community.
Nedbank current account: 102 0480 890
Branch code: 132 105
Report incidents of cruelty against animals by completing this form. Your report will be handled in strictest confidence by a dedicated case officer and all information will remain confidential.
Swellendam SPCA was started in 2001 by a small core of community members concerned by the plight of animals in the town and surrounding rural areas. Until that time there had been no animal welfare body active within this huge municipal area where poverty and a high unemployment rate contribute to large numbers of animals being in desperate need of help.
For the first 3 years a few dedicated volunteers held education drives at local schools, went house to house in the township educating owners and identifying animals for sterilisation; and held weekly clinics where animals were dipped and minor ailments were treated. In 2004 Swellendam SPCA negotiated sole use of the old Community Center in Railton from which to establish a permanent base.
Swellendam SPCA successfully lobbied the local municipality to promulgate By-laws regarding animal sterilisation and continues to engage this body on critical issues. We also work cooperatively with local Law Enforcement bodies and other local welfare agencies to promote animal welfare in the region. The Railton facility has been upgraded over time to enable us to provide services to the community we currently offer.
With your help we will continue to build onto our successes and remain committed to improving the lives of animals in our community.
Our dedicated team at SPCA Swellendam.
Nicky Appelboom, Natalia Brown, Yanou Olderwagen & Jeannette L’Estrange.
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