SPCA seeks funds for vet scales

2016-04-05 06:00
 Photo: supplied Society manager Barbara Patrick with Barbara Lauscher asks the community to support the SPCA.

Photo: supplied Society manager Barbara Patrick with Barbara Lauscher asks the community to support the SPCA.

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THE Kloof and Highway SPCA is appealing for sponsorship towards the costs of two veterinary scales which are needed for its recently upgraded clinic facilities.

Speaking to the Fever Barbara Laubsher, SPCA marketing and fund-raising manager, said it is vital to have these scales as the amount of feed for an animal may be directly dependent on its weight, medication and dietary supplements which must be accurately measured.

“A standard dose for a small animal may be completely ineffective for a larger one and an appropriate dosage for a large animal may be toxic for a much smaller one,” she said.

Laubsher described the The Kloof and Highway SPCA animal clinic as a primary health care clinic and provides services that include sterilisation, vaccination and treatment of medical and surgical cases.

“The clinic can only be used by the underprivileged i.e. pensioners, grantees, unemployed people and people who earn low salaries.

“The clinic is non-profit generating and is in place to serve the community the best we can,” she said.

She said the SPCA hopes its efforts will lead to a reduction in the amount of cruelty cases seen.

“We encounter terrible acts of cruelty that humans inflict on animals. Even though we see this every day we still believe in humanity,” said Laubsher.

“We believe that with education and with provision of basic animal health care to the rural communities the amount of cruelty seen will diminish.”

Laubsher said the SPCA is trying to instil in people a new culture, one where a dog or cat is not just an animal, but a member of the family to which they need to give dignity and respect to.

“Basic needs like provision of quality pet food, clean water and shelter needs to be emphasised. Sterilisation helps control the population, and in so doing, controls the spread of diseases like rabies.

“Vaccinations are critical in the control of dangerous disease that could otherwise be fatal.

“We are proud to say that we have a dedicated team of skilled individuals that work tirelessly to help sick and injured animals every day,” she added.

Laubsher said working in the clinic can be stressful, overwhelming and sometimes dangerous, but at the end of each day the staff leave to go home with smiles on their faces knowing their hard work has helped its four-legged friends in some way.

“The Kloof and Highway SPCA Clinic assist thousands of injured, sick and unwanted animals every year. We would be so grateful for any help the community can offer.”

To assist or find out more, contact 031 764 1212/13

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