It's difficult to belIeve that a 12-year old boy continued to ride this horse, despite such severe, raw saddle sores (pictured alongside) on its back. We can only imagine how much it must have hurt the animal.
But that wasn't all our Inspectors found when they examined the horse. It also had severe damage to its teeth, caused by the makeshift 'bridle' of wire fastened into its mouth.
Another horse on the property had severe laminitis – a painful inflammatory condition of the tissues that bond the hoof wall to the bone in the horse's hoof. Despite the fact that laminitis is a serious crippling condition, the boy claimed the horse was just lazy and that is why it wouldn't walk.
Both sufferIng horses were confiscated by the Bloemfontein SPCA and charges of animal cruelty have been laid against the owner and the boy.
This is just one of several cruelty cases reported to our SPCA since the beginning of the year. Our Inspectors are committed to speaking for animals that can't speak for themselves, and taking action to prevent animal suffering.But the truth is, we can't continue this vital work without support from others who care ... people like you who detest cruelty to animals as much as we do, and who are prepared to reach out and help.
Please will you walk beside our Inspectors as they strive to right the wrongs inflicted on so many defenceless animals. Your donation is urgently needed to pay for animal feed, equipment and fuel for the Inspectors' vans. Please click the button below to donate right now online. Thank you.
PROTECTING ANIMALS FROM CRUELTY AND NEGLECT SINCE 1914
The largest SPCA in the Free State, serving Manuaung and surrounding areas, Bloemfontein SPCA is a registered non-profit organisation (002-592 NPO ) and a member of the National Council of SPCAs. We rescue abused and neglected domestic, farm and wild animals, provide a shelter for stray and unwanted animals, offer a pet adoption facility, and educate pet owners on animal care.
We believe in the five freedoms for all animals:
• Freedom from hunger, thirst and malnutrition
• Freedom from discomfort
• Freedom from pain, injury or disease
• Freedom from fear and distress
• Freedom to express normal behaviour
We rely on the community we serve for the funds needed to provide our vital service. If you would like to support your SPCA please click the button to make a cash donation online. We also gratefully accept donations of pet food, blankets and other items.
WE SPEAK FOR THOSE THAT CANNOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES
We work tirelessly, and cover thousands of kilometres every year, to rescue animals from abuse and neglect, and bring those responsible to justice. Our mandate extends not only to domestic pets, but includes farm animals, reptiles and wild animals. Over the past 20 years, 97% of cases brought to court by the Bloemfontein SPCA have resulted in a successful conviction.
We provide veterinary treatment for abused and injured stray animals, as well as basic health care – including vaccinations, sterilisation and parasite control – for dogs and cats belonging to underprivileged people who cannot afford the services of a private veterinarian. Our free dog dipping service is crucial in providing tick and flea control, without which skin irritation and infection becomes a health issue.
Wherever possible, we endeavour to find new and better homes for stray animals, and those that have been abandoned, surrendered, abused or injured. We urge prospective pet owners to adopt rather than buying from breeders and pet shops, which results in a pet overpopulation, with not enough homes to go round.
Our SPCA runs an education programme for school children, teaching them compassion for animals and the basics of responsible pet ownership. Through outreach projects into these communities, we teach people about the need to vaccinate pets against rabies and other deadly disease and the importance of de-worming and parasite control. We also aim to sterilise as many pets as possible.
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dogs and cats admitted
dogs and cats sterilised
cases of animal cruelty investigated
animals received veterinary treatment
kilometres travelled to help animals in need
Stories about our work – and how your donations help
Animal hoarding is a recognised psychological condition where those affected have a compulsion to collect more and more pets which they are unable to care for, causing untold misery and suffering for the animals.read more
Bloemfontein SPCA recently raided the premises of a registered dog breeder and rescued 70 small dogs that had suffered for years. Inspectors described it as a ‘house of horror’, with the breeder placing profit over the well-being of the dogs.read more
One of the worst cases of animal abuse and neglect, this palomino mare suffered severe beatings and injuries from ill fitting tack. We urge horse owners not to sell their animals to people who have no regard or compassion for animals.read more
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078 322 8332 after hours
We are entirely dependent on the community for the funds we need to continue rescuing and protecting animals. Please support our work for the sake of animals that are suffering and in distress. Thank you.donate
It doesn't matter what you do to help, as long as you do something
Gifts of cash are hugely appreciated as they can be channeled into whichever area of need is most pressing at the time. Please use our secure online payment facility to make your donation by card or instant EFT. If you can't afford to give much, please consider a monthly donation. Even small amounts, given regularly each month, make a big difference!
If preferred, please make payments directly into our bank account:
Branch code: 632005
Account no: 9279102644
Account name: SPCA Bloemfontein
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Apply for a MySchool card or add the Bloemfontein to an existing card (you are allowed up to 3 beneficiaries per card). Then simply swipe the card every time you shop at Woolworths and other participating retailers. It costs you nothing, but a percentage of every rand you spend goes towards helping animals in need.
Bloemfontein SPCA has a small, thriving plant nursery offering great bargains on pot plants, succulents and small shrubs.
Visit us to stock up with growing gifts for the festive season – or shrubs and groundcovers to make your garden blooming beautiful!
We appreciate donations of pet food, blankets and old newspapers, as well as maintenance items like paint, office supplies and equipment, etc. Please contact us to find out what our current needs are.
Our generous sponsors, Alexander Forbes and Viking Transport donate a portion of proceeds to our SPCA ... so by choosing these companies for your investment and transport needs, you not only get great services, you also help animals in distress.
Run a marathon ... accept a dare to skydive ... or cycle a race and ask friends and loved ones to donate to our SPCA in honour of your achievement. Or ask people to donate to the SPCA rather than buying you a gift for your birthday, anniversary or wedding.
One sentence in your Will could make all the difference to an animal's life! Please remember the Bloemfontein SPCA when you come to draw up your Will – and consider including a bequest of cash, property or a percentage of the residual of your estate (what is left after all other bequests and taxes have been paid).