SPCA’s plea - make sure your animals are given the best of care

2015-12-10 06:00
<The SPCA is preparing for a possibly busy festive season as animals are neglected as owners depart for their holidays. The organisation has appealed not to give animals as presents for Christmas as most of them end up at the SPCA. Donations will be

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You are asked to be sensitive, compassionate and to exert kindness throughout the festive season with regard to animals.

The National Council of SPCAs and the SPCA movement operate throughout the festive season. Staff will continue to undertake routine duties of response to information involving alleged cruelty, neglect or abuse of animals as these are matters which escalate during this time.

“Please ensure that any animals you may have are given the best of care,” said Christine Kuch from National Council of SPCA.

“Make sure their vaccinations are up to date which is a condition of reputable boarding facilities as well as a basic precaution to ensure the animals’ well-being. It is essential that their every need is catered for whether you are with them or away during this period. Also include a back-up plan in case of injury, illness or any other unforeseen eventuality.”

Beware of online pet sales

The public is urged to take a responsible route when adopting animals. This is where warnings are issued especially regarding online purchasing of pets.

“So many are advertised, so many problems arise not only in welfare terms but also documented cases of scams. Offering to meet someone in a car park to hand over an animal ought to send out warning signals.

“Far too often, people approach the National SPCA for assistance, having paid upfront or given cash without a receipt, only to find the animals is in extremely poor health and unable to trace the seller,” said Kuch.

Microchip identification

Microchip identification is recommended as the ideal gift, if an animal does not already have this form of permanent tamper-proof identification, which is also proof of ownership.

Please carry the number of your local SPCA with you on your cell phone. Even if this is not the appropriate SPCA, they can forward the information quickly.

Above all, please report concerns regarding abuse or cruelty against animals.

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