NSPCA: Dogs offered ‘free to good home’ are being sent across south Africa’s borders

2009-08-25 00:00

THE National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) yesterday warned that pet dogs that are advertised as being free to good homes, are being taken to other countries in Africa and used for hunting, breeding or as security dogs.

NSPCA spokeswoman Christine Kuch said they were asked by a colleague in Zimbabwe to advise rescue centres, animal welfare societies and the public in general not to sell or give their adult dogs to people they don’t know, should they be emigrating or want to hand over their dog for any reason.

Kuch said people with “dubious motives” actively trawl the Internet and classified advertisements looking for adverts offering animals “free to a good home”.

“Investigations by the NSPCA revealed that brokers sourced dogs, undertaking to find them homes on plots, when in reality they were being sold as security dogs and taken to countries further north in Africa.”

Kuch urged that if anyone is unable to keep a pet, they should consider not only all the options, but the potential consequences of what option is being considered.

She said that SPCAs will not turn away any animal being donated and will make extra efforts to find suitable and permanent homes for animals.

“Pre-home checks are undertaken, legal adoption agreements signed and all animals homed are sterilised.

“The reality of what happens to give-away pet dogs is harsh, but needs to be kept in mind.”

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