The Sandton and Eastern Metro SPCA is actively involved in providing opportunities for animal education and community engagement. Our goal is to promote empathy, kindness, respect, and responsibility towards all animals.
Our Education programme consists of the following key engagements:
- School visits
- Pound visits
- Community Service
- Holiday Programmes
- Mobile Clinic Days
The Pre-School presentation focuses on ‘Animals’ needs and our responsibility towards them. The outcome of this presentation is to make children aware of the fact that animals have the same basic needs as we do and that it is our responsibility to respect and provide for those needs. Classes are addressed individually to maximise the interactive nature of this 20 – 30 minute presentation. Items are shown to aid the discussion.
The Primary and Senior School power point presentations are 30 minutes. Individual classes, each grade or the school as a whole are addressed.
There are three presentations available:
- General SPCA Presentation
- Understanding Dogs
- Facts about Cats
The information is adapted to suit the age and level of animal experience of the group. Each presentation builds on the one before – one presentation a year allows exposure to the whole programme over a three year period.
There is no cost involved. Some schools like to do a collection prior to the presentation, but this is entirely up to the school.
The visit is one and a half hours and includes the following:
- Information about the SPCA and the work that we do; how animals land up at the SPCA; the adoption process, the people who work at the SPCA
- What happens to the animals while at the SPCA (Basic Pet Care)
- Dipping – demonstration of dipping and bathing if possible
- Deworming – specimens of worms showed
- Vaccinations – importance and frequency explained
- Sterilisations – vet observation is possible if appropriate
- Microchipping and tags
- Opportunity to interact with the animals
There is no cost involved. Some schools like to do a collection prior to the visit, but this is entirely up to the school.
Community Service at the Sandton SPCA is supervised by a staff member or trained adult volunteer. We schedule specific dates for pupils to do community service as we do not have a staff member or volunteer available to supervise every day.
There are 2 options available:
First-Saturday-of- the-month Program (Grade 4 – 12)
The first Saturday of every month (except December) is scheduled for community service. The morning is from 9am – 12. Your first visit to the SPCA starts with a short education session and tour before you spend time with the animals. This gives us the opportunity to explain how the SPCA works and how you will be helping us. Subsequent visits (on scheduled dates) will not include the education and you will be able to interact with the animals in their kennels, wash dogs, groom cats etc.
We do ask for a donation of R100 for each visit in support of our program. Please bring a snack/drink for yourself and wear comfortable/old clothes.
16 hour Community Service Program (Grade 8 – 12)
This is a structured 4 Saturday program (commit to all 4 Saturdays 9am – 12) It is run 3 times a year. The 16 hours are made up of 12 hours at the SPCA and 4 hours personal time (a small collection/ selling 5 raffle tickets). The focus of the program is on interaction with animals, and with primary school children from Alexandra.
The first Saturday is an education session to become a ‘leader’. The following three Saturdays involve each ‘leader’ being paired up with 2 pupils from schools in Alexandra. The goal is to pass on information about cats and dogs through interaction. For further details and to sign up, please contact us on (011) 444 7730.
Holiday Programmes are offered threetimes a year (March, June and September). Neighbouring schools are invited to send a maximum of 30 pupils. The programme runs for 3 mornings and involves education, contact time with the animals, creative activities and movement/drama workshops. This is another opportunity for volunteers to get involved.
Mobile Clinic Days
Alexandra township schools are approached to host a Mobile Clinic Day. Each class is visited before the event to promote and explain the importance of the event. Dog owners throughout the community are invited to bring their dogs for deworming, spraying against parasites and vaccinations (depending on availability). These events require the support of many volunteers and are advertised in advance.
If you are within are municipal area and would like to have our education officer visit your school please contact us on (011) 444 -7730 or firstname.lastname@example.org.