SPCA cares for 11 400 animals in just one year

Chairman of the SPCA Shirley Elliot (left) and Chris and Shelley King.

SEVERAL positive new developments were reported at the Lower South Coast SPCA’s annual general meeting held last Saturday.

“This year has certainly been a very challenging one,” said chairman Shirley Elliot. “With the slow economy, projects to improve our facilities might take place over a longer period of time.”

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The overall number of animals assisted by the society had decreased by 12.18 percent. This still totalled a massive 11 400 animals.

Trainee inspector Sabelo Ngcobo was commended for his consistent dedication to the animals and continually going that extra mile for the society.

SPCA committee members (from left) Ian Ackerman and Marlene and Erich Bense at the AGM.

New staff members included Lauren Ferreira, who was promoted to operations manager, Rozane Scholtemeijer (general reception), Kelsey Hohls (clinic reception) and Madri Koen (marketing and fund development). A special mention was made of the two new veterinarians, Dr David Mayida and Dr Navitha Ganesh.

The society showed an increase in revenue of 13.9 percent, compared to the previous year but a large portion has been earmarked for the licensing and completion of the animal crematorium and the rebuilding of the oldest cattery block.

Manager of the SPCA, Michael Muller, chats to Linda Brand (left) and Linda Lyte.

The Beekman Group was thanked for its generous donation of the incinerator required for this project, valued at over R250 000. The air pollution and waste management licence applications are in progress.

For long-term sustainability a key focus point of the society will be the aggressive marketing of its own little lottery called High 5, where members pay R50 a month and can win cash prizes.

Marno Bester (left) and Alwin Hohls.

The dedication of everyone was highlighted at the end of the AGM. “We appreciate all that you have done and continue to do to ensure the animals entrusted to our care are looked after in the most humane way,” said Ms Elliot.

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