Training for animal rescuers

2017-04-18 06:01
Moyo Ndukwana, chief inspector of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, gave a presentation on animal cruelty and animal bylaws at a recent workshop.

Moyo Ndukwana, chief inspector of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, gave a presentation on animal cruelty and animal bylaws at a recent workshop.

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Rescue Rehab SA (RRSA), a national non-governmental organisation based in Table View, facilitated the first of a series of training workshops for animal rescuers and potential volunteers on Saturday 8 April.

The majority of the 42 delegates represented 18 animal rescue organisations such as Tears, Manenberg Pets Project, 4Paws, the Animal Anti-cruelty League, Lucky Lucy Foundation, Animal Lighthouse Shelter, Animal Welfare Society Stellenbosch, Barefoot Rescue, Cape Dachshund Rescue Outreach Programme, Drakenstein Animal Rescue, Fisantekraal Animal Welfare, Helderberg Animal Rescue Team, Husky Rescue SA, Mzananda Animal Clinic, Peanut Animal Welfare, Pitpals, Sighthound Rescue SA, and Valhalla Park Animal Rescue.

The RRSA was formed to teach skills and share knowledge on the various components of animal rescue and welfare and sound management practices and sustainability to caregivers of animal charities.

The training workshop covered the following topics: Animal cruelty and animal bylaws, basic medical assessment and CPR and home checks and responsible adoption (all three presented by the Cape of Good Hope SPCA).

There was also presentations on basic animal handling and behaviour (presented by Just Dogs Behaviour) and recognition of diseases (presented by African Tails).

Additional workshops of a similar nature have been requested as far afield as Worcester, Hermanus and Gauteng, says Dave Thorpe, a trustee of the RRSA.

Scratzme, the Lekker Barkery, Quintessential and Fulltums sponsored prizes on the day, while Scarlett Leslie Photography sponsored the professional photos of the event and Dolphin Beach Hotel and Blowfish Restaurant also gave their support.

Participants provided glowing reports of the workshop with each delegate receiving a personalised certificate, Thorpe says.

To join the Rescue Rehab SA volunteer crew, email info@rrsa.org.za. Donations are welcomed. For more information visit www.rrsa.­org.­za.

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