Wounded Wildlife Animals Need Your Help after Cape Town Fire. Photos from SPCA and Helderberg Wildlife Rescue
Wounded Wildlife Animals Need Your Help after Cape Town Fire. Photos from SPCA (yesterday) and Helderberg Wildlife Rescue (March 2021), with photoshop by SAPeople

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA urgently needs all our help for the wildlife that has been injured by an out-of-control fire which began raging on the Table Mountain slopes on Sunday morning. The SPCA emergency response efforts have been underway since yesterday. Inspectors were dispatched to the Rhodes Memorial site on Sunday to look for wounded and displaced wild animals.

SPCA call to help animals cape town fire
Photo: SPCA at Cape Town fire, 18 April 2021

It is apparently too dangerous to enter the area right now. “We are monitoring the periphery for any animals fleeing the flames and we are deeply concerned for those who may be trapped in the inferno,” said the SPCA. “As soon as we can, we will be combing the fire-ravaged areas for any injured animals who will be brought back to our short-term wildlife care facility for treatment. Donations of dressings, bandages, Silbecor ointment, cool packs, fresh fruit and vegetables for the animals and supplies like energy drinks, energy bars and eyedrops for the team in the field will be highly appreciated.”

Residents asked to leave water for animals

The SPCA is also calling on residents in the area, close to the fire, to please place shallow plastic containers filled with water in their gardens for the animals who will be in desperate need of a drink.

If you come across an injured animal and it is safe to do so, please try to confine larger animals and place smaller animals in a covered cardboard box to minimise their stress and call the SPCA on 0833261604 (available 24/7).

Leave donations at Absolute Pets

The SPCA announced on Monday that Absolute Pets have agreed to co-ordinate donations for them:

If you would like to (please) help, this is what the wounded animals need:

  • bandages,
  • wet and dry dressings,
  • cold packs,
  • Silbecor ointment,
  • fresh fruit and vegetables, and
  • supplies for SPCA Inspectors

These items can be dropped off at the following Absolute Pets Stores:

• Flamingo (Tableview)
• Welgemoed
• Cape Gate
• Gardens
• Constantia
• Cavendish

If you live abroad or anywhere in SA, your help would still be greatly appreciated:

The SPCA says: “Please direct monetary contributions via the dedicated link below.”

Donate to the SPCA here please:
https://capespca.co.za/latest-news/how-can-i-help-emergency-response-information/ (Fastest, safest payment method)

If the PayFast page isn’t working for you, here are direct bank details:

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA
Branch Constantia 025309
Account 071832858
Cheque account
Reference: your name and the word FIRE

If your pet needs emergency accommodation

The SPCA, PDSA and Frits Dog Hotel have opened their doors to assist people in Cape Town evacuating their pets free of charge. “We will offer a safe haven for the animals until the disaster is over. NB: We advise the owners to bring their vaccination cards for the animals with them,” says the SPCA.

Trailer Needed

The SPCA says: “Our Inspectors have a desperate need for a trailer to be able to transport emergencies supplies now and for emergencies that will occur in the future. If anyone can assist with a second hand trailer, that would be most appreciated.”

P.S. Please only call the SPCA for animal emergencies at the moment so that they can keep their lines open for animal emergencies.

The SPCA thanks you for your support! Please share this post. Thank you.

fireman save tortoise Helderberg
Firefighter Asive AB Les Bizwaphi who saved this tortoise in a fire last month. Photo: FB/Helderberg Wildlife Rescue – “Not all heroes wear capes.”

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