30 years dedicated to saving animals

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Reinet Meyer

What started out as an ordinary holiday job back in 1990 for senior inspector of the Bloemfontein SPCA, Reinet Meyer, turned into 30 years of service at the Bloemfontein SPCA; a service done with extreme passion and love throughout the years.

With more than 160 successful animal cruelty cases that went to court, and let’s not mention the thousands and thousands of animals she rescued, Meyer has definitely played an immense role in what and where the organisation is today. In an interview with Bloemfontein Courant, Meyer mentioned that the amount of animal cruelty she saw in the first month of her holiday job was one of the reasons she decided to dedicate her life to helping animals in need.

“My motto in life is to help an animal in need every day. Every day we see more and more cases of animal cruelty and it is satisfying to be able to help animals. A bonus for us is our court cases being successful and to be able to get a fine or even jail time for the guilty parties,” said Meyer. Meyer, who is the manager as well as the senior inspector at the SPCA, grew up in Brandfort but has called the City of Roses home for many years. According to her, the nicest part about her job is doing outreach work.

“It is amazing to see the owner of a pet or animal being educated and to be able to see people leave with more knowledge on how to take better care for their animals,” she said. With her primary role to respond to complaints about the ill-treatment or neglect of a range of animals in the community, Meyer is known for not being afraid of getting her hands dirty and working tirelessly to ensure a better future for any type of animal. A significant part of her duties is education, which she loves.

Her team at the SPCA would also like to thank Meyer for her dedication, commitment and love she has for all the animals as well as the training she provided, which turned them into strong inspectors.

Meyer also celebrated her birthday on 17 May 2020 and she is raising funds to help recently discovered hungry and neglected animals. For more information or to make a donation, send an email to bloemfonteinspca@absamail.co.za.

Pierce van Heerden

pierce@mahareng.co.za