Tears must explain

2018-04-24 06:01

I’m I the only person who doesn’t understand how Tears operate. Referring to an article which it was published on Tuesday 17 April (“NPO needs help”, People’s Post). As I was reading the article, in the five communities that were mentionedthere is a low employment rate and they have little knowledge of animals. Tears is operating all in these five communities Why? Because they know the finances for most of us. We’re struggling and we so cannot take care of dogs. I agree with them on sterilisation – they doing the right thing. But when your puppy is sick and you take it there, first thing first they will tell you it’s “R1000 deposit” or hand over the puppy to them. Where do I get such amount of cash? Why would they ask for help but they letting us pay such money?

What is it that is going on behind those walls? Aren’t they there to help? This is confusing but they are charging people such money. Surprise them and pay that “R1000 deposit” then you have to shout in order to get your puppy as they won’t give it to you easily.

Daniel Ngceni Email

Mandy Store, Tears operations manager, responds:

As a Pro-Quality of Life non-profit organisation Tears is 100% reliant on funding from the public through fundraising efforts (and donations of nearly-new books and household items for sale in its four charity shops). Tears provides subsidised veterinary support including free sterilisation to the people living in the four low income communities Tears supports.

The only time that Tears will require a R1000 deposit from the owner of an animal being admitted to Tears would be as a result of elective surgery or an orthopaedic procedure, or in the event of a puppy being diagnosed with the canine parvovirus (known as parvo). Parvo is a highly contagious disease that spreads from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their faeces, infected soil or other infected material. There is no cure for parvo, and without treatment has a 100% mortality rate. Without treatment infected animals need to be euthanised or face an extremely painful death as the virus attacks cells in the lymph nodes, intestinal lining and bone marrow, ultimately causes vomiting, diarrhoea and severe intestinal bleeding due to the decomposition of the intestinal lining. Unfortunately treatment is expensive and highly intensive and requires the animal to remain isolated and in veterinary “high care” for a period of two to three weeks. The hard cost to Tears is between R3000 – R5000 per treatment, with the equivalent treatment at a commercial veterinary practise costing the owner a minimum of R15000.

Tears Animal Rescue Chief Veterinary Surgeon, Dr Patti Foster adds: “Parvo is preventable by vaccination which comes at a fraction of the cost of the medication necessary to treat parvoviral gastroenteritis. Puppies need a course of three vaccinations at six week, nine weeks, and 12 weeks old respectively.”


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