The Sandton SPCA, received a disturbing call on 26 January 2018, a concerned citizen witnessed a dog being stoned to death by a couple of neighborhood children in Lombardy East, Johannesburg. The dog had a apparently been a nuisance destroying bin bags.
As a non-profit organization relying solely on donations, the SPCA has limited resources to meet the demands of their community.
Unfortunately, the Sandton SPCA only have 3 vehicles at their dispsoal to cover a large area. At the time of the incident, all inspectors were out attending to other complaints. By the time the inspector arrived on the scene, it was too late, the culprits had fled the scene and the poor pup didn’t make it.The SPCA team have vowed not to give up until they have found those responsible.
“In emergency cases, the inspectors leave everything they are busy with to tend to compliants. The animals are always our first priority.” – says Jaco Pieterse, Sandton SPCA, General Manager.
After the incident involving the stoned dog, the dedicated Sandton SPCA team got proactive and set up a campaign on Donations-based Crowdfunding platform BackaBuddy to appeal to the public to help raise R90 000 for a new one-ton Nissan NP300 vehicle to better respond to emergency calls in remote areas.
The BackaBuddy campaign went live on the 30th of January 2018 and generated R 88 239.41 with the support of 195 donors. With the funds to purchase a new vehicle, the Sandton SPCA will be able to better protect the animals in their community from unnecessary cruelty and it will also impower their stellization drive.
You can view the Sandton SPCA’s BackaBuddy Crowdfunding projects here
Click here to make a direct donation to the Sandton SPCA.
“We were overwhelmed with the support we received from our supporters and followers. We managed to raise almost the full amount in less than 2 weeks. We would like to thank our donors for their dedication and kindness to the animals we serve and protect. The work we do would not be possible if it weren’t for our supporters “ – says Jaco.
The Sandton SPCA team covers a vast area, which extends from Lonehill in the north to Jules Street in the south, Linbro in the east and Parkhurst in the west. They work hard to protect animals, to improve animal welfare standards, to educate their local community about animal care, and to re-home stray and abandoned dogs and cats. They have over 100 dogs and cats in their care at the moment.
Crowdfunding is a great way for existing non-profit organisations to diversify their income streams through engaging with their existing database, to satisfy specific needs in their organisation.