GRAAFF-REINET NEWS - The Graaff-Reinet SPCA has been essential towards the care of local animals since its establishment in 1968, but now the organisation faces financial challenges.
This was discussed at the organisation's yearly Chairman's report on 18 September, where financial auditor Don van Wyk of Van Wyk Theron Accountants discussed the matter with a few locals who attended the meeting at the SPCA kennels.
Committee member Ann Davidson told the Advertiser that, although it is facing challenges, the SPCA will continue to operate as long as finances permit.
"Plans in place to obtain funds include various fund-raising activities and the continuous exposure to the public through social media of our work and need for their support."
According to Davidson, the SPCA is firstly seeking financial donations, but donations of books for the organisation to sell from their book corner are also welcome.
"And anything that can make the lives of the animals in our care a little richer," she added. The SPCA is also looking for someone to assist with maintenance of the SPCA bakkie, at a minimum cost to the SPCA. Acting Chairman John Biggs said on the day that, had it not been for the generosity and support of the residents and businesses community of Graaff-Reinet in the past, the SPCA would have surely faced closure years ago.
From 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020, the local SPCA ensured that 68 dogs and cats found new homes. During this period, 610 animals were admitted to the SPCA, and the generous support of the community enabled the SPCA to help them, Biggs added.
In addition, 27 animals were sterilised during a spayathon. Hillary Chaplin and Jean Pieterse also assisted pig farmers of the area, by taking water to them when the drought was at its worse.
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