A long journey to render services

2019-06-18 06:00
During the SPCA outreach in Calvinia.

During the SPCA outreach in Calvinia.

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Cape of Good Hope SPCA went the extra mile to render their services in Calvinia, in the Northern Cape, from Monday 3 June.

Explaining the three-day long outreach, the SPCA chief executive officer (CEO) Mqabuko Moyo-Ndukwana says: “We mainly focus our services in Cape Town in our magisterial jurisdiction areas. However, should a dire need be presented to us, we will strive to be of assistance with the limited resources at our disposal.”

He says they had accepted an invitation from the authorities in Calvinia due to a need.

Moyo-Ndukwana says though residents are aware of the importance to care and to protect their pets, they do not have exposure to services.

He says it’s mostly cats, dogs and sheep in the community that need to be sterilised.

He adds that they also raised awareness through their Ani-Pals Education show, providing over 550 children at Junior Ngculu Primary, Hantam Primary School and Calvinia Primary School with knowledge of how to correctly care for and love animals.

In a statement, SPCA spokesperson Tara McGovern says local farmers were provided with practical advice on how to improve the lives of their animals and the importance to provide adequate shelter, food, fresh water and basic veterinary care.

SPCA senior inspector Alwyn Marais and Moyo-Ndukwana conducted sessions with the Calvinia police.

“The training was designed to equip the Calvinia police with information regarding the latest developments in animal cruelty legislation, as well as deeper understanding of how to identify and approach potential cases of animal abuse in their community,” says Moyo-Ndukwana.

A team from the SPCA will revisit the community to finalise their work. “We are planning a follow-up trip. This will focus on sterilisations. Any funds that can be contributed to this project will be greatly appreciated,” says Moyo-Ndukwana.

Warrant Officer Jan Du Toit of Calvania Police Station says the programme was much needed. He confirmed there is barely an animal care awareness and the closest SPCA is in Kimberly, about 650km away.

Du Toit thanked the SPCA for the training and demonstration at the station.

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