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The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) has found a silver lining in the dark cloud of dog fighting, having confiscated three dogs that may have been stolen from loving homes. The animal welfare organisation is now appealing to the public in an attempt to find – and reunite – the rightful owners with the lucky rescues. Rescue 1a

Rescue 2a

Rescue 3aa

The NSPCA rescued eight dogs and arrested eight people in connection with dog fighting in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria, in the early hours of 05 December 2013.

“Our investigation indicates that three of the dogs recovered may have been stolen. These dogs are well adjusted and happily interact with care givers. They were obviously once well loved and cared for,” says Este Kotze, the Deputy CEO of the NSPCA.

Wendy Willson of the Special Investigations Unit of the NSPCA explains, “When we recover dogs we look closely at behavioural patterns, how the dogs react to different people, and a behaviourist is called in to give an assessment. In this case these assessments, coupled with our investigations, have indicated to us that three of these animals may have once had loving homes. We will do whatever we can to reunite these animals with their owners.”

None of the dogs found were micro chipped, making it difficult to track the original and rightful owners. However, it is most likely that the dogs originated in the general Pretoria region.

If you believe that you may be the owner of one of these dogs, you are requested to send an email to with positive identification including a photograph of the dog, a detailed description and background information. The NSPCA will follow up to verify.

Please note that the NSPCA will only respond to e-mailed communications with positive identification of a specific dog. We ask for the public’s kind understanding in this regard: – owing to time constraints and the pressure on our resources at this time, we are unable to take telephone calls on the matter.

Thoughts on saving our rhinos

The Administrator October 25, 2013 Animals

Some thoughts on legalising the rhino horn trade from John Hume.

Photo credit: Rhinodotcom

It must surely be common sense that if you have a supply to a market and you cut that supply, the demand will find an alternative source of supply.

If we cut the supply of chickens from South Africa, the demand will find […]

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The cruellest cup of coffee you will ever drink.

The Administrator October 11, 2013 Animals

Kopi Luwak, the most expensive and cruellest coffee, is now available in South Africa.

Don’t buy this coffee

The NSPCA’s Wildlife Protection Unit is shocked and disappointed that Kopi Luwak coffee is being imported into South Africa and is being sold by some coffee shops and online retailers.
Kopi Luwak is made from the solid excrement (faeces) […]

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Desperate situation as animals starve.

The Administrator October 8, 2013 Animals

“Animals starving to death constitutes an emergency” is the message from the National Council of SPCAs to our Government. “You need to step in – and quickly.”

Photo credit: Bristol24-7

Our Government was advised of the dire situation of animals starving to death in the Northern Cape in late July. The NSPCA went public with […]

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World Animal Day – United Nations recognition motivated

The Administrator October 3, 2013 Animals

World Animal Day falls on 04 October. It marks the start of International Animal Week and this year, the National Council of SPCAs is delighted to add our voice and support for official recognition of the day by the United Nations (UN).

The world-wide campaign which launches on 04 October has been initiated by the […]

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NSPCA launches new campaign for fuel.

The Administrator August 28, 2013 Animals

The National Council of SPCAs is launching a campaign to generate funding – for fuel!
“It is an essential,” explains Christine Kuch. “So often fuel costs are dismissed as overheads yet if the operational units at the NSPCA are to remain effective, funding for fuel costs is vital.”
The NSPCA covers areas where there is no […]

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Relief for starving animals – Klein Damrose area

The Administrator August 5, 2013 Animals

Photo credit: Bristol24-7

The NSPCA sprang into action when it discovered that farm animals in Klein Damrose were starving due to the effects of the drought and lack of natural grazing.
Sincere gratitude is expressed to all caring and compassionate people who contributed.
Appreciation is also extended to the Northern Cape Department of Agriculture who undertook […]

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Starving animals – NSPCA intervenes and saves lives and supports the community

The Administrator July 29, 2013 Animals

Photo credit: Bristol24-7

Animals in the drought-affected rural community of Klein Damrose near Kuruman in the Northern Cape have been assisted thanks to swift intervention by the NSPCA’s Farm Animal Protection Unit.
Families in the area own around 100 cattle as well as sheep, horses and donkeys.
The drought led to grazing being depleted and […]

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Thank you

The Administrator July 11, 2013 Animals

John Hume and RhinoDotCom would like to hereby thank Minister Edna Molewa and all at the DEA, as well as all relevant advisers and confidants who have considered and opted for a proposal to legalise trade in rhino horn. We know and appreciate the levels of work, commitment and courage that it has taken to […]

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NSPCA calls for ban on wild animal acts in circuses

The Administrator April 15, 2013 Animals

Video footage received by the NSPCA of an elephant being terrified and beaten has led to criminal charges being laid against the Brian Boswell Circus. This cruelty is shameful!

Picture credit: Animal Defenders International – file picture

The NSPCA has previously raised its serious concerns and objections to the unnecessary use of wild animals in […]

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