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Humane Education

The SPCA believes that humane education is fundamental in teaching people to respect and care for animals.

Througout the year, our Education Team teaches school children about responsible pet care, animal welfare principles and the goals and mission of the SPCA. Education Officers visit pre-schools and primary schools throughout the greater Cape Town area to give talks, show DVDs and present the SPCA’s Ani-Pal Education programme, which includes an interactive puppet show and classroom activity booklets.

School children from impoverished communities are encouraged to bring their pets for free sterilisation and parasite control as part of our Ani-pals education programme.

In 2007, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA’s Ani-Pal education programme was awarded top honours by the World Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (WSPA), which considered the animal welfare educational programmes from organisations in 90 countries.

To make a booking for a school group to visit the SPCA or for the SPCA education team to visit your school, please call the Education Unit on 021 700 4181/40 or email


The Ani-Pal Programme

The programme consists of two legs:

  • An exciting puppet show, starring Sipho, Zoe, Sally and Twinkles, aimed at Grade 3 to 5 pupils. This teaches them the five Ani-Pal care rules. Role-play using puppy ears, and educational posters highlight the five rules and the relation between healthy pets and healthy children;
  • A special SPCA Mobile Clinic day at the school. Schools in underprivileged areas – and community members from the surrounding area – are encouraged to bring their pets to the Mobile Clinic to be sterilized free of charge.

To recognise responsible, caring behavior, children who hand their pets in to be sterilized at the Mobile Clinic are rewarded with a photograph of themselves and their pet in an Ani-Pal photo frame. This ensures that the Ani-Pal pet care rules remain uppermost in their minds and they continue to be responsible pet owners.

Although these educational efforts are targeted at schools in the Western Cape’s disadvantaged communities, the Ani-Pal material and puppet show is also available to children throughout the greater Cape Town area.

To register for the Ani-Pal programme or puppet show please e-mail or call 021 700 4181 and speak to an SPCA Education Officer.


School Community Service Opportunities

Learners needing to complete their Community Service assignments are invited to support the SPCA by volunteering at one of our fundraising events or exhibitions. Due to a change in operational requirements, we are no longer able accommodate community service learners at our kennel facility in Grassy Park.

To sign up, submit the following to SPCA Volunteer Coordinator Juan August a month prior to the assignment due date:

  • A stamped letter from the school stipulating the students’ community service requirements
  • A completed volunteer application form, which is available on request via

As we are only be able to accommodate a certain number of students at any given time, students will be selected on a first come, first serve basis and those selected are required to attend a brief orientation session.

For further information, kindly contact Juan August on 021 700 4180 or email

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R100 a month
keeps a dog safe with vaccinations and dipping

R320 a month
feeds one dog or cat

Just R25 a month
adds up to R300 over a year – enough to spay or neuter a pet

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Need information on pet care?

Check out our special section for cat and dog owners, or ask Cathy from Pet Alive about common pet care problems.


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