We speak for
all animals


The Durban & Coast SPCA has been 'speaking for animals' for over 100 years.
From humble beginnings in 1897, we have grown to a large and successful organisation
operating from spotless, modern premises in Springfield Park.

We 'speak' for animals

The Durban & Coast Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (South Africa) is a registered non-profit organisation (002-312 NPO), an incorporated association not for gain and a member of the National Council of SPCAs.

We rescue abused and neglected domestic, farm and wild animals, promote responsible pet ownership, provide a shelter for strays, and a veterinary service for pets of underprivileged people.

We receive no state funding and are reliant on the community we serve for operating costs. Compassion costs nothing, but pet food, veterinary equipment and supplies, vehicles for transporting rescued animals, etc does. If you would like to support your SPCA please click here to make an immediate donation online. We also gratefully accept donations of pet food which may be dropped off at our premises in Springfield Park.

The present Management Committee comprises:

Mr Peter Chrystal President
Mr Neil Aubert Chairman
Mrs Tarryn Wright Vice Chairman
Mrs Bronwyn Lovell Honorary Treasurer
Mrs Tara Baxter Honorary Secretary
Mr Michael Jackson  
Dr John Morton  
Mr Yassien Saib  
Ms Yvonne Boden  
Ms Victoria McDonald  

Meet the staff below.

Satellite branches

Two sister SPCA societies provide services in Phoenix and Ballito respectively. Having separate branches located in areas of great need helps streamline our service to both animals and those who care about them.

The Phoenix SPCA, situated at 163 Avonford Crescent, provides a Veterinary Clinic and health care service for pets of disadvantaged owners who cannot afford the services of a private vet. Food is sold to assist with fundraising.

Situated at Farmwatch R 83, off the M4, the Dolphin Coast Branch is managed by Inspector Debbie Filmalter (pictured) and provides a complete service, including facilities for stray, abandoned and rescued animals, Inspectorate services, a Veterinary Clinic and adoption service. The branch also runs a charity shop, The Dog Box, situated at 11 Jack Powell Road in Ballito.

Over a Century of Compassion

The SPCA movement began in England in 1824 and over the years, has spread across the globe. Almost every country in the world now has an SPCA. Founded over 100 years agao in 1897, the Durban & Coast SPCA is the largest SPCA in KZN. Despite facing insurmountable odds through many difficult years, our SPCA has gone from strength to strength and become a dynamic, recognised body, considered to be the foremost authority on animal welfare.

Far more than just an animal shelter and adoption facility, the SPCA plays a humanising role in society, educating people – especially children – about the rights of all living creatures, and working for better legal protection for animals (particularly farm animals) and more severe penalties for perpetrators of cruelty.


Meet THE Team

The day-to-day running of the organisation is undertaken by a highly qualified and dedicated team of veterinarians, inspectors, kennel staff, and admin staff, under the leadership of General Manager, Caroline Smith.

Caroline Smith

General Manager


Trish van Gogh

PA to the General Manager


Dr Gilson Muchopa

Senior Veterinarian


Dr Belinda Augustyn



Mary Koen

Bequest and Income Development Co-ordinator


Veno Thekalal

Accounts Clerk


Juliet Nadarajan

Kennel Manager


Lindsey Fogarty

Income Development and Communications Manager


Jay Metadad

Inspectorate Manager


Pam Pretorius

Hospital Manager


Sarah Chapman

Finance and Administration Manager


Candice Sadayan

Chief Inspector

How you can get involved

If you love animals, please support our efforts to protect them from cruelty and neglect. There are lots of different ways to help.

Sponsor a Yard Cat

Provide care and shelter for one of the cats that live permanently at our SPCA because they cannot be re-homed – with your monthly sponsorship gift of just R100.


Volunteering is an enriching experience for anyone who has some free time on a regular basis and wants to make a difference. You need to be over 16 years of age, reliable and have your own transport.

Get a MySchool Card

It costs you nothing, and you'll help animals every time you swipe the card at Woolworths and other participating stores. Be sure to nominate Durban & Coast SPCA as the beneficiary.

Donate cash

We receive no state or municipal funding for the work we do. Donations from the public, especially regular monthly payments by EFT or credit card, are always needed.

Support Coffee Cats

Enjoy a cuppa or a light meal in the tranquil setting of our cafe and tea garden. Meet our famous yard cats, browse plants for sale, visit our charity shop or Adoption Centre.

Include us in your Will

If kindness towards animals has been one of the guiding principles of your life, wouldn’t you enjoy knowing that your voice against cruelty, neglect, greed and ignorance will continue to be heard beyond your lifetime?

Donate unwanted items

Your unwanted furniture, clothing, household appliances, books, jewellery, etc can be sold in our charity shop to raise funds towards the care of our furry orphans. We also appreciate gifts of pet food, blankets, etc.

Collect small change for us

If you own or manage a retail outlet or are a member of a club, why not keep one of our collection tins on your counter? Small change mounts up quickly and makes a big difference to our Society!

Shop til you drop

We have a charity shop filled with amazing bargains, as well as a section of brand new pet products – collars & leads, tick & flea remedies, grooming products, toys & pet food.

Buy plants

Fill your garden with beautiful healthy seedlings, shrubs and trees supplied by Ladybird Landscapes. Large selection available at our nursery, adjacent to Coffee Cats.

Participate in our events

Throughout the year we run a series of competitions and events – from a fantastic trail run along the Umgeni River to Paws in the Park, a fun day out for you and your dog. You'll also find us at the ECR House & Garden Show.

Report cruelty

Animals can't speak for themselves - they need compassionate people to speak for them. If you know of an animal that is being ill treated or neglected, call us on 031 579 6501 or our emergency after hours number, 083 212 6103.

Amanzimtoti: 031 904 2424/5

Dolphin Coast (Ballito): 087 550 0512 /083 653 0127 (Emergencies)

Dundee & District: 034 212 2851

Empangeni: 034 792 9129/078 306 1439 (Emergencies)

Eshowe: 035 474 4169

Estcourt: 36 352 1476/083 555 9758 (Emergencies)

Greytown: 033 413 1181/033 413 1522

Howick: 033 330 4557/033 330 2672

Kloof & Highway: 031 764 1212

SPCA Inspector

Kokstad: 082 771 7229

Lower South Coast: 039 312 0962

Mooi River & District: 033 263 1526

Newcastle: 034 318 2346

Phoenix (Avonford Crescent) : 031 500 6452

Pietermaritzburg: 033 386 9267/8/9

Richards Bay: 035 753 2086

Sani: 033 702 1884