Can’t find your dog? Head to the SPCA

2014-01-10 00:00

SOME families may find that their dogs are not at home when they return from holiday.

If they are lucky, their dogs have found their way to the SPCA for safekeeping until their return.

The Pietermaritzburg SPCA kennels were overflowing following the huge number of fireworks on New Year’s Eve. As people return from holiday, the kennels are slowly emptying.

Alistair Sinclair of the Pietermaritzburg SPCA said there are still 43 stray dogs at the kennel.

“The dogs that were brought in were either gathered by our inspectors or by people who brought them in. Slowly people have come to collect their animals when they find out they are not at home,” Sinclair told The Witness.

Sinclair added that it is vital for people to physically go to the SPCA to find their dogs rather than just phone in. Going down to the kennels will make it easier to identify your dog.

“People often phone and say they are missing a brown and white dog or a Jack Russell. This makes it difficult for us to identify the animals. A dog may be more brown than white, or may not be a pedigree Jack Russell, so we have classified them differently. It is best to come and look for your dog.”

For people who have boarded their dogs at the SPCA while they are away, it is important to inform the SPCA if they are going to be gone for longer.

“Some people board their dogs with us and then never pick them up. If we have not been informed by the families that they will be coming late, their dog will move from the kennels to the pound after seven days. During the Christmas holidays we extend that time to 14 days,” said Sinclair.

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