The City of Cape Town has announced it has doubled its funding to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA to R9m for the next three years.
The city said that “The first three-year service level agreement was worth R4.5m and this time the city is increasing the allocation to R9m for the same period.” The agreement would assist the SPCA’s law enforcement department enforce by-laws by impounding stray animals or animals involved in attacks, in order to find new homes for them.
Mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, says that outsourcing animal welfare matters to people with experience is the way forward for successful animal welfare in Cape Town and South Africa, “There is immense value in outsourcing animal welfare matters to those with the requisite experience, instead of trying to recreate that capacity within the city.”
“With this new agreement, the City of Cape Town provides more funding for animal welfare than any other municipality in the country.”
The SPCA helped 9 279 animals during the 2016/17 financial year, said the city. Cape of Good Hope SPCA CEO, Allan Perrins, said that this agreement will allow them to focus all of their efforts on the prevention of cruelty to animals, instead of being focused on raising the much needed operating funds.
— City of Cape Town (@CityofCT) July 21, 2017
In the first five months of 2017, the city’s animal control unit impounded 140 animals, responded to 90 animal attacks, and served 124 notices to comply with its animal By-law.