Baby it's cold outside!

Please help keep our furry orphans warm this winter

Winter is here!

Last Monday, we woke up to grey skies and a distinct nip in the air. By early afternoon, temperatures had plummeted, the wind was howling and icy rain and hail started to fall. We even had a tornado sweeping through parts of Durban!

Thank goodness we had this dear little pup safe before any of that happened!

Only a few days earlier, Thabang from the Inspectorate Team rescued the puppy from a drain after a passer-by heard it crying. There must have been a gap in the manhole cover, and the puppy fell straight down to the bottom.

What would have happened if it had been there when the storm hit, we dread to think.

Instead, while the rain pelted down, this little pup was snuggling into a couple of cosy blankets in the kennels office.

But, he's only one of 92 dogs and 40 cats at our SPCA right now. And all of them need at least one fresh clean blanket every day – or two when it's really cold.

It means we go through piles and piles of blankets at this time of year and, after being washed day in and day out, most of them are in a sorry state. Those that haven't been been chewed to pieces by our naughty pups are thin and threadbare.

Please will you help us stock up with new blankets before the colder weather really sets in?

Because we buy in bulk direct from the suppliers, we get the best possible price – which is why we ask you to make your donation in cash, rather than buying blankets on our behalf. In this way, we can stretch your donation further.

Plus, we can be sure of getting the right type of blankets. Unfortunately, the cheap ‘felt’ type aren't suitable because they disintegrate in the wash.

If you can spare R220 now, it will buy a pair of small pet blankets. R190 buys a blanket for a large dog and R435 buys a budget 4-pack for the animal hospital.

Any amount towards this urgent need will be ‘warmly’ appreciated by our furry orphans. And they deserve this small comfort. Because they don't have cosy homes of their own ... with owners who let them hop up on the couch or even share their own beds.

It's your kindness that ensures they’re warm and safe. Thank you for caring about lost, abandoned and ill treated animals that have found sanctuary at our SPCA ... and for helping us to make their lives more comfortable.

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