“No – man’s – land” dogs

That is how they name them and that is exactly how they live, very miserable, destitute lives.

Hundreds of packs of dogs, tremendously suffer, under very harsh living conditions, in the Negev area and in the rural north of Israel.

Continuous hunger, thirst, illness, being struck by passing vehicles, are all part of the daily insufferable life of these apparently “transparent” dogs, that are so easily ignored.

Thousands of dogs aimlessly roaming rural areas (especially in the Negev), are the result of long term neglect and disregard. However, their overwhelming anguish, is apparent here and now.

There is no savior for those who suffer and require urgent help, those that were hit by cars and trucks, the sick and the infirm, heavily pregnant and lactating bitches and newborn pups, their days numbered in this horrific and sad survival war.

We need your help, so that we can acquire humane capturing equipment and so help and prevent, the suffering of these “No – man’s – land” dogs.

We will not be able to help them all, but surely, we will be able to prevent the immense hardship, of those

who are severely affected.

Thanks to your contributions, we hope to equip the activists who help the abandoned animals in the south of Israel, as they face huge shortages of manpower and capturing equipment.

The cost of bringing these animals to the veterinary clinics and the rehabilitation costs of those that are

adoption – worthy, are very high.

The price of one humane trap for a large dog, is between 1800 – 2500 NIS and we need quite a few of these traps.

We also require several capture poles, nets, protective gloves and any other essential equipment, which is needed in order to capture these ailing dogs, who require immediate veterinary attention.

Transport and manpower costs are a substantial part of the rescue budget.

Your contributions will enable us to have a financial support network, which will allow us to help more dogs and other organizations, who will accommodate and rehabilitate the dogs.

We, here at the Israeli Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, appeal to your heart and ask you to join our important journey to the Negev, to help the “no – man’s – land” dogs.

The more supporters and partners we have on board, the more we can prevent grief and suffering.

You are all life saviors!

The total cost of the equipment is about 76,000 NIS and we do desperately need it, like a breath of fresh air.

Our heartfelt thank you, for your attention and support

The Israeli SPCA family

For donations

International Animal Day 2018

In honor of this special day, we invite you to donate or send a present to the dogs and cats that were abandoned in our shelter

On Thursday, October 4, International Animal Day will be celebrated all over the world. In honor of this special day, we invite you to open your heart and donate or send a present to the less fortunate animals – the dogs and cats that were abandoned in our shelter in Tel Aviv.

Our Society is taking care at any time in hundreds of animals, and the costs of food and medical care are extremely high. We can continue with our important task with your donations. Please help us help them.

Donations of dry or wet food and cat sand can be brought to our shelter in 159 Herzl st in Tel Aviv. You can also order a delivery to us from a pet shop. Donations with credit card can be made in our internet site or by phone: +972-3-5136500.   

Like any other day, also on International Animal Day the public is invited to our shelter to adopt one of the adorable cats and dogs.


Photo by: Ira prohorova

A Helping Hand

Gift packages that will cheer up abandoned animals at Purim time

While we are ordered to be happy and to gladden others at Purim time, in the SPCA we wish to make the abandoned animals happy also – dogs and cats that are waiting anxiously for warm and loving homes – through gift packages that include edible treats, toys and games.

As the holiday approaches, the staff of “Pet Food Stores“, that contributes food and equipment to the SPCA on a regular basis, got together for the benefit of the abandoned animals, and prepared three types of gift packages – for puppies, adult dogs, and cats – at the subsidized price of NIS 30 per delivery.

Pampering gift package for cats
Pampering gift package for cats

Those interested in cheering up an abandoned animal by sending a pampering gift package, may call the “Pet Food Stores” (03-5503440), to make an order by credit card.

Needless to say, one can contribute a more substantial gift and purchase additional products such as bags of food, cat litter, scratching posts for cats or soft and comfortable beds. Orders can be made with all credit cards during the store’s working hours (Sunday-Thursday, 9:30-20:00 and on Friday from 8:30-15:00).

Gift package for adult dogs
Gift package for adult dogs

The gift packages include:
Gift package for puppies: Special chewable stick, rope with rubber ball for chewing, 4 tendon dog chews for dental development, rubber ball for playing and a packet of dog biscuits.
Gift package for adult dogs: Calcium rope chews, packet containing three chewable, bone-covered toys, rubber ball and a packet of dog biscuits.
Gift package for cats: Variety of 8 balls (sponge, plastic and cloth), set of two toy mice, catnip ball with feather and fishing rod cat toy.

We wish to express our appreciation to “Pet Food Stores”, for their cooperation, and wish everyone a very happy Purim.


Contributing and helping the dogs to get through the winter in comfort

Help us to purchase heating lamps that will provide the dogs with a warm winter

Winter is here in all its glory bringing with it stormy winds, heavy rains and extremely cold nights. As we find ways to cope with the difficult weather conditions, abandoned animals suffer terribly during the cold season.

The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel calls upon the public to help us purchase heating lamps for the over 200 abandoned dogs now in our care. Every donation will help at least one dog to get through the cold winter warmly and pleasantly.

Following consultation with experts in the field, we in the Society have decided to equip the dog kennels with infra-red heating lamps. These lamps have many advantages: instant and focused heating, low electricity consumption, water and wind resistance, and extensive life spans of thousands of hours of use without need of ongoing maintenance. In addition, the lamps are user-friendly, non-toxic and approved by the European and Israeli Standards Institutes.

If you want to help abandoned dogs to have a warmer and more comfortable winter, we will gladly accept your contributions towards covering the costs of the heating lamps.
The price of each lamp is NIS 200.

To give your donation for one lamp, click here.

In addition, in order to provide clean and warm bedding for the cats and dogs, in the Society, situated at 159 Herzl Street, we will be happy to receive blankets, sheets and towels.

We wish you and all the animals a warm and cozy winter.

Food for Life

Food Ahoy! Help us purchase food for the animals being sheltered in the SPCA

Did you buy your dog or cat a bag of a new brand of food that he doesn’t seem to be very enthusiastic about? Did you have to change the type of food your dog eats, leaving you with a bag of food that is not being used? This food would be happily received by the SPCA for the animals in its care, as would a contribution for buying animal food.

The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel never closes its doors on any animal in need, taking care, at any given time, of hundreds of dogs and tens of cats, horses, donkeys and other animals. Each month the dogs in the shelter consume more than a ton of dog food – most of which goes to the dogs awaiting adoption, while some of the food is special food for puppies under supervision or dogs under veterinary care.

The monthly food expenses for the animals are very high, reaching tens of thousands of NIS. We are turning to the public with a special request to contribute unutilized food for the animals in the shelter. Monetary donations for food purchases can be made on our internet site or by phone: *4553.

Thanking you in advance for all your contributions.

Cat and Dog Paradise

Immortalize your Beloved Pet and Help Other Animals

Parting from a loved pet can sometimes be unbearably difficult. An animal that gave us so much joy, kept us company at many stations of our lives and is the source of so many memories, is suddenly gone, leaving a huge, gaping rift in our lives. The ways of coping with the death of a loved pet differs from person to person, though many find comfort in a memorial of one kind or another.

The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel invites the public to take part in a unique project, by making a donation for the welfare of animals while immortalizing your pet. By taking part in this project, all those who donate over NIS 1,000 may memorialize their pets on our memorial board with a plaque displaying the animal’s picture and a personal inscription.

הנצחת חיית המחמד על לוח זיכרון
הנצחת חיית המחמד על לוח זיכרון

The memorial board hangs at the entrance to the puppy shelter, a special department for puppies that were abandoned at an early age and are kept under veterinary supervision. When they reach the age of three months they are given their first vaccinations, and then they are ready to go out to their adoptive homes. Part of the donations are used for ongoing maintenance of the department, though all donors are welcome to choose how their contribution should be used: for food, care for horses and donkeys who are undergoing rehabilitation in the Society after being abused or neglected, expensive surgical procedures, special equipment for the winter, renovation of the petting zoo, aids and accessories for the Department of Education and Humanities, etc.

For further information, please contact the Society offices at *4553.

It’s Cold Outside

A Warm Winter for the Abandoned Cats and Dogs

Autumn has arrived and with it the first cold winds and rains heralding the coming winter. As the winter months approach, we in the Society are busy fixing up all the facilities to ensure that the animals will enjoy the best possible conditions and will not suffer from the winds, cold and rain.

These preparations and all the work involved make heavy demands on our budget, especially installation of the overhead awnings and wind barriers that will protect the animals from the wind and rain, special equipment for heating the enclosures, greater amounts of food and medicines as well as inflated electricity bills. In order to provide all of these for the animals who have found shelter in the Society, we will gladly receive financial donations to cover these expenses, as well as contributions of blankets, towels, sweaters and toys for the pets.

Awnings: The enclosures housing the dogs are divided into two parts – one closed with special resting areas where food and water is placed, and the other is open space giving the dogs the possibility of being out in the air and allowing potential adopters the possibility of seeing each one of the animals. Last year the Society invested a considerable sum installing awnings to protect the animals from wind and rain. These can be opened and closed on demand. As this winter approaches, we wish to complete the installation of these awnings.

Food: In cold conditions, the body needs more “fuel” to keep warm and during the winter months animals, too, are in need of extra food. Each month the Society uses more than a ton of animal food, and in winter the amount is even greater, as is the budget needed to cover these expenses.

Heating: Air-conditioners were installed when the cat home was renovated a couple of years ago. However, in the puppies and small dog departments there are still enclosures that need special warming lamps. Financially, this means increased costs for purchasing expensive equipment as well as soaring electricity bills in the winter months.

Medications and Personnel: The winter months bring with them increased sensitivity to illness amongst dogs and cats, some of whom suffer from respiratory diseases. The treatment and medical care make greater demands on the medication supplies and increased personnel is needed in the veterinary clinic.

We invite you to visit the Society, to choose a new four-legged friend and to offer it a warm home for the coming winter and for the rest of its life. Thank you in advance to our contributors. Wishing you all a warm and pleasant winter.

Saving the Horses and the Donkeys

Horses and donkeys who have undergone abuse or neglect are treated in the Society’s stables

For many people, the horse represents freedom, and in their imaginations they see noble horses galloping happily in wide, open spaces or being cared for and pampered in professional stables. Unfortunately, such imaginary scenes do not represent the reality, and even in the 21st Century, many horses and donkeys are used as vehicles and suffer criminal neglect and abuse on a daily basis.

The True Picture
Many horses and donkeys are driven to work beyond their capabilities by their owners, and in absolute contradiction to all animal welfare laws: The owners harness the animals to extremely overloaded carts, slave-drive them under terrible conditions for hours on end, without food and water, they beat them mercilessly, rent them out to others, neglect their medical problems which consequently worsen as time goes by, and sometimes they even abandon the animals when they have no strength left to go on.
It is not rare for unsuitable harnessing to be improvised including the use of rusty and harmful metals that cause the unfortunate animals damage from chafing, deep wounds and severe infections. Often they fall victim to intended and cruel abuse at the hands of their owners or strangers. In addition, the carters have difficulty integrating into the city traffic thus endangering not only themselves and their animals, but also drivers, passengers and passers-by.
Donkeys and horses are animals with very high pain tolerance levels,able to function under very tough conditions, even when are suffering from medical problems. They persevere till they reach the critical point, when they collapse. The health conditions of these neglected horses and donkeys is disgraceful, and without professional care they are slowly dying in agony from their wounds, illness, starvation and dehydration.

The Absorption and Rehabilitation Process
Since its foundation in 1927, SPCA Israel has been taking in horses and donkeys suffering from neglect and abuse and taking care of their rehabilitation. These animals usually reach us following reports from passers-by from all over the country, and the Society is one of the only places that takes them in and cares for them. For this reason it is very important not to turn a blind eye to the sight of a neglected horse or donkey, but to report any such instance immediately to the local authorities, the police or the Society.
As mentioned, many horses and donkeys reach us in grave medical condition, suffering from under-nourishment, all kinds of injuries, arthritis, rotting hooves, infections and other health issues requiring long periods of rehabilitation.
When horses and donkeys reach the Society, they undergo medical examination by veterinary specialists in this field. They are then examined by expert hoof trimmers and horse shoe professionals. In accordance with these professionals’ recommendations, treatment is undertaken. This treatment usually includes hoof trimming and shoeing on an ongoing basis, various vaccinations (rabies, tetanus, flu), worming and implanting of microchips. The rehabilitation process, which can last for several months, depends upon the specific diagnosis for each animal, including food additives and vitamins, various types of surgery and physiotherapy.
The high costs involved in treating horses and donkeys can reach tens of thousands of Shekels per month, but despite the financial difficulties, we are proud of the fact that in the last five years, the Society has treated and cared for over 500 animals throughout the country, all of whom were rehabilitated and for whom new homes were located.

Finding a New Home
The period of time that the animals remain in the Society’s stables varies according to their medical condition and depends also upon when a new home can be found for them. Every application to adopt is thoroughly checked, and staff members from the Society go to visit every potential home to ensure with absolute certainty that the future owners have proven experience with rearing horses and donkeys and that the animals will be under veterinary supervision at all times. The horses and donkeys are given to the new owners at no charge, who, in turn, have to guarantee that they will return the animals to the Society if they find that they cannot, for any reason, continue to take care of them. These immense efforts are made to ensure that the horses and donkeys, that were the victims of so much abuse and neglect, will live comfortably, receive appropriate treatment and will not be dragged back into the cycle of suffering from which they have just be saved.
At the same time, the Society is working at minimizing the animals’ suffering at the parliamentary level by promoting laws that protect their welfare and on the legal level by bringing to justice those responsible for the criminal abuse of these animals.

Hoof Trimming and Shoeing 
Hoof neglect and erosion in horses and donkeys reaching the Society are common phenomena requiring long-term, expensive treatment by professionals in this field. Horses and donkeys require on-going care of their hooves. When this care is not given, the consequences are severe pain and difficulties that can cause distortion, lameness, open wounds, infection and so on.
The role of the horse’s iron shoe is to protect the hoof from erosion. During the shoeing process, which is carried out every few weeks, the existing shoe is removed, the hoof is shortened, then trimmed and shod with a suitable shoe. When horses are not treated professionally and the shoeing is done amateurishly, the horses suffer from severe pressure on the hoof that can lead to arthritis, pulled tendons and muscular problems.

Help us to help them
The rehabilitation process for horses and donkeys is protracted, complex and very expensive as it includes costs of high quality food, medical treatment and comprehensive professional care.
Approximately 20 horses and donkeys are cared for in the Society’s stables, with the average monthly cost of the upkeep and care of each animal reaching sums of over NIS 3,000. We do our utmost to provide optimal conditions during the rehabilitation period along with the best care by leading veterinarians, all of which can be accomplished thanks to the contributions made by a number of special people.
In order to meet the challenge of this important goal, we need your help with contributions to cover these ongoing costs, as well as to improve the conditions for the horses and donkeys staying in the Society (purchase of specialized equipment, renovation and expansion of the stables, costly surgery, and so on).