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As the Queenstown SPCA faces losing its home (which would impact so many animals) community members have opened their doors to the paws and the cause:


Queenstown, South Africa (17 January 2024) — Animal lovers across South Africa have been up in arms over the Queenstown SPCA’s lease dilemma.

In December 2023, Queenstown SPCA publicly shared a statement that summarised correspondence they had received from the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality pertaining to the non-renewal of the SPCA’s lease. This which would reportedly affect the facility many animals call home at the end of this month.

Should the non-renewal go ahead, the Queenstown SPCA shares that it would no longer have facilities to “house stray, unwanted/surrendered and abandoned animals”. As such, current animals at the SPCA would find themselves in very tough circumstances should they not be adopted and find forever homes.

However, the community has stepped up in support of the SPCA in several ways. Not only have people opened their homes to the animals through adoptions, but the fight to help their case is also brewing; given that the service the SPCA provides for the animals is a community necessity.

Specialist Investigator Mike Bolhuis has been appointed by the Queenstown SPCA to assist with the matter of the lease non-renewal. Bolhuis has been a voice for animals in need before, as many will recall from the 2019 Flamingo Project—a massive rescue initiative.

Bolhuis shared with Good Things Guy that his Investigation Unit are fully on board with the Queenstown SPCA and will ensure that the fight is dealt with amicably and does not affect the public or the animals.

Those looking to make a difference for the current animals at the facility on Heatherton Farm can do so in two ways:

  • Contact the Queenstown SPCA about adoptions or other forms of help via or on 045 011 0176 or via Facebook here.
  • Mandate Mike Bolhuis via with the subject line ‘PROJECT SPCA QUEENSTOWN’ as your show of public support
  • Bolhuis can also be contacted on the same email for any donations the public wishes to make to Queenstown SPCA in additional support; the details of which would be conferred upon contact.

Sources: Queenstown SPCA/ Mike Bolhuis 
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