SPCA full as 2018 kicks off

2018-01-23 06:01
PHOTO: SuppliedTania Ungerer, the SPCA adoptions officer, with one of the dogs that is up for adoption.

PHOTO: SuppliedTania Ungerer, the SPCA adoptions officer, with one of the dogs that is up for adoption.

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THE Kloof and Highway SPCA kennels are full to capacity, as this festive season hits hard with many stray and unwanted animals being brought in.

Even during the week prior to the New Year they received many stray animals.

Over New Year 32 stray dogs, four cats, an injured bird and a severely injured mongoose, were brought into the Kloof and Highway SPCA.

An extra three dogs came in injured, another two dogs had to be put down, one at the owner’s request as it had been severely mauled by other dogs after it had panicked and escaped from its premises.

The other dog was badly injured after being hit by a car on the Dumisami Makhaye Freeway, KwaDabeka.

Heather Ainsworth, marketing assistant at the SPCA said: “A microchip is a great safety precaution. Most vets and shelters have scanners. So if your pet gets lost he or she is quickly reunited with your family. 15 of the stray dogs that were admitted over New Year’s Eve have been claimed.

“It has been noticed that many dogs are reported on social media that have been found and are not brought into the Kloof and Highway SPCA.

“The Kloof and Highway SPCA appeal to the community to report both lost and found dogs or cats so that we can assist in reuniting owners with their pets when they come in looking for their companions.

“On New Year’s Day the Kloof and Highway SPCA opened at 9am to 12pm to release pets back to their owners and to allow people to come through and look for their pets. 15 dogs were claimed.

“A few thoughtful members of the community also popped in to donate food for the animals in our care. We are so grateful for this support and for their concern.”

Ainsworth said that the SPCA asks pet owners to continue to remain cautious over the next few days as remaining fireworks are set off sporadically.

“Stray and lost animals can be brought through to the Kloof and Highway SPCA Standby kennels 24 hours a day at 29 Village Road, Kloof.

For injured animals or after hours emergencies, call our inspector on standby on 073 335 9322. The office hour’s number is 031 764 1212/3.

“If you are missing a pet, please come in personally to the Kloof and Highway SPCA to look for your animal and to make an official lost report. The Kloof and Highway SPCA is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm, and Saturdays from 8am to 12pm.

“We would like to thank all the amazing members of the public who picked up strays over the festive season and New Year and saved these poor animals from harm and gave them comfort.

“A special thank you to the staff and volunteers of the Kloof and Highway SPCA who worked many hours late into the night on the public holiday to manage the influx of animals. Your commitment to the welfare of animals is appreciated and commended,” she added.
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