Poor dog owners get helping hand

2012-02-28 22:34

Cape Town - An animal welfare group is trying to help impoverished South African dog lovers better care for their pets.

The Mdzananda clinic in Khayelitsha, in CapeTown, started in 1996 in one shipping container.

Today, an operating room and other facilities are housed in seven brightly painted containers equipped with electricity and running water and filled with the smell of anaesthetic and the sound of big and small dogs barking.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) funds the clinic and brings in volunteer vets.

IFAW's Lisa Cant-Haylett says the clinic provides basic care, including sterilisation, and educates people who might not otherwise have a chance to learn how to care for their animals.

IFAW funds a similar clinic in Soweto.

  • Edwina - 2012-02-28 22:50

    Now this is good news for a change

  • John - 2012-02-28 23:07

    Unfortunately, just by the way, SPCA is not making it easier to adopt abandoned animals. In order to get a dog, which would otherwise be put down, cost you approximately R 450. You then have to have your premises inspected by them, at their convenience.

      Sam - 2012-02-28 23:55

      It costs R525 in Cape Town, according to their website. I get kind of miffed at their attitude too, but on the other hand, I can see that there are people around who get dogs for the wrong reasons (ie, not as a pet or companion) so they want to make sure the dogs go to a suitable place that is properly enclosed and equipped for a dog. Most of the animal shelters do this. I do believe, John, that the 'at their convenience' is a bit emotive - they will surely make an appointment, taking YOUR convenience into account to - after all, it wouldn't pay them to pitch up and find nobody home, would it?

      Peter - 2012-02-29 06:10

      The SPCA is correct in the way they do this. A dog is expensive to own, giving it to somebody who cannot afford to look after it is worse than putting it down. If they don't inspect the property the dog could end up living in a place that is a lot worse than it being dead. The R450 includes all its vaccines etc as well.

      GonA - 2012-02-29 07:18

      @John, any other rescue organisation (NPO) askes more sometimes, and also does property checks. This SHOULD be done as they can't just dish out pets to whomever comes in. If people stop their back yard breeding and start being responsible pet owners, the SPCA and other rescue orgs will not have such a big influx of dogs and cats very day/week/month. Walk a day in their shoes, and see what Rescue is all about - I have and it is NOT an easy job... you get some seriously sick people out there.

      chantalvj - 2012-02-29 08:51

      John, if you get a puppy for free from somewhere (backyard breeders who should be banned and fined) then you will have to pay at least R300 immediately for vaccination and deworming, then another R300 a month later and another R300 for the third vaccination. This is almost R1000 just for vaccinations - which are necessary. Then, a responsible pet owner will have to fork out another R1000 (give or take) for sterilisation. This totals R2000 for your "free" puppy. Added onto this, buying him/her food will cost at least R200 a month for decent food. So the SPCA adoption fee is really nothing to whine about. As for inspecting your home - would you keep a Great Dane in a flat? Many people would because they're clueless. The inspection is necessary - and I agree, rather a dead dog than an unhappy, abused one.

      Karen - 2012-02-29 09:01

      Hi John, If you adopt a dog from an SPCA or other animal welfare organisation, the dog will be sterilised, vaccinated, microchipped and dewormed. Having this done privately will cost R2000 + depending on the size and gender of the dog. R450 is an absolute bargain! With regards to the property check, this is to ensure that the property is dog-safe, ...that the perimeter fence/wall is sufficient to keep the dog safe from the dangers of getting lost and hit by traffic. etc...

      Hermann - 2012-02-29 11:16

      @John. All animal welfare societies charge fee mostly to cover the vaccinations. The inspection of the new owner's premises is standard to make sure the dog will be safe and not end up on the street again. Wnt through it myself and fully support the practice.

      comurray - 2012-02-29 13:01

      Here I agree, yet I can purchase a dog from a breeder and there is no SPCA inspection necessary. Double standards when it comes from the SPCA who are always crying out for funds from the public. Adopting this attitude is keeping the general public from donations of any form.

      tarrengl - 2012-02-29 15:09

      if you acnnot afford the R450 for which covers the sterelaisation and vac's how you gonna pay for a vet when the dog gets sick? or need's it rabies or de worming or yearly vac's??? these cost alot more than R450.00....

      Peter - 2012-02-29 15:48

      comurray - I guess you did not care to read any of the other posts explaining what a bargain SPCA dogs REALLY are. It helps to listen to others sometimes, try it.

  • TankTammy - 2012-02-29 00:52

    This made me smile.

  • TankTammy - 2012-02-29 00:55

    btw, spca have been doing an amazing job for years and years.they need funding some way or another as most people would never consider donating anything to them.R400/R525 is NOT a lot if you take everything into consideration.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-29 01:24

      Ship them to Ethiopia, People are starving there

      Max - 2012-02-29 05:37

      @Alan, next time you bite into your burger think about why there are no stray dogs running around in Stellenbosch.

      GonA - 2012-02-29 07:20

      @Alan - lets ship you to Ethiopia...

      godesha - 2012-02-29 07:20

      I agree Tammy. If you take your dog to the vet to have them sterilized, what would the bill be? A lot more than R450 I can assure you and vaccinations will probably cost anything from R350 a shot. When you are serious about adopting a dog, then R450-R500 is a small price to pay. @Alan, you are sick.

      brewster - 2012-02-29 07:34

      You are absolutely right Godesha! That R450/R525 includes the cost of sterilisation (done privately it cost in excess of R1000),all vacinations up to date, the dog being micro-chipped and the membership to Identi-pet for a year. All in all, if you are serious about a dog, a bargain I would say!

      Kevin - 2012-02-29 17:46

      @alan-not-so-smart jnr ...vomit comment...

  • Pen - 2012-02-29 07:35

    Um, what am I missing here? If you cannot afford an animal YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE THEM! It's like perpetually having children and you cannot afford to care for them.

  • Jenna Smal Lombard - 2012-02-29 08:02

    We really need something like this in Mthatha! We have loads of stray and ill treated dogs here! It is good to know that there are still people that care and look after their dogs :) well done guys!

  • TankTammy - 2012-02-29 09:19

    @Godesha and @brewster - Totally correct. I worked at a veterinary clinic for a long time and to sterilize a female dog is about R1500, maybe more now.Innoculations go up to R450 a shot.The SPCA and other like organizations need all the help they can get. they've certainly got my support, all my dogs were strays.

  • Snoopy.zn - 2012-02-29 09:29

    I bought a dog from the SPCA, Dec 2010. As per the contract signed with the SPCA, they will do routine checks to ensure the puppy is doing well, and well looked after. 2 weeks after receiving my pup, we had to take her back as she has a horrible skin condition, got to SPCA Randburg, explained the situation and that i would like to have the dog checked out by a vet. Their attitudes stank, and they left my pup in a cage on the counter in reception stating she would have to stay their until someone can see her. While I was walking back to my car, I came to the realisation that they couldn't be bothered, so I turned around and fetched my puppy. A year and a bit later, none of them has so much as followed up to see if the dog is still alive.. SPCA is not what they use to be, its all about money! Sick!

  • Snoopy.zn - 2012-02-29 09:36

    I'm very glad, now knowing, that there are still people trying to help our abused, and abandond pets.. Animals are the most wonderful creates on earth.. And it breaks my heart driving past townships seeing emaciated dogs, puppies and cats.. Well done guys.. I wish the law would be strickter on animal abuser and neglect. Much rather donate to animal wellfare institutions than donate to human charity institutes.

  • Marcelle - 2012-02-29 10:04

    Brilliant! Animals are just as important as humans and need to be looked after.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-02-29 10:36

    I would rather by a dog or a cat from a KUSA reg breeder, then get it from the SPCA you never know what you are getting from them, at least from a registered breeder, you see the parents and can follow the pedigree back at least 5 generations and even though it may cost you R10.000 for the dog and then extra for what ever medical procurers needed, And the best food you can afford, you are getting what you want.not some ones elses throw outs. I do not support the SPCA because they do not support KUSA Registered breeders.

      Sam - 2012-02-29 10:53

      That is the weirdest non-rationale I have ever heard. Unless you are a troll, of course, which seems more than likely. Have a wonderful life, and rather leave dog-keeping to people who actually have a heart instead of a calculator.

      GonA - 2012-02-29 11:50

      Someone else's "throw outs" is someone else's treasure... I have one of those little treasures and I will not swap her for ANYTHING !!!! Remember some of those dogs were loved once, the owners abandoned them. AND some are even KUSA registered... I too do not condone breeding - in ant form or kind, KUSA or no KUSA. More should be done to prevent so many animals ending up in shelters.

      Snoopy.zn - 2012-02-29 15:05

      Wow, your a special kind of F@cked Up! Heartless B!tch.

      Peter - 2012-02-29 15:50

      The way some people reason confuses me enormously.

  • TJ - 2012-02-29 11:20

    I wish they had something like this where I live. I am a single mom to a special needs child who has a cat that he practically worships and a bid dog as a companion pet and 'best friend' and who also keeps us feeling slightly safer. Unfortunately, with the cost of dog food and cat food and trying to keep my child's tummy full (almost impossible), there is not much left over for vet bills. The vet is town is very expensive and it's difficult getting any assistance from the SPCA either. As far as they are concerned, I can afford vet bills as I am employed. However, they don't take into account expenses. My son would never be able to cope without his beloved pets. At least there is a government hospital (that is quite good by the way) if we are ill. But who do you go to for your pets?

      GonA - 2012-02-29 11:52

      @TJ, try and reach out too some of the NPO's one of them might be able to assist!

      Peter - 2012-02-29 16:05

      Vets unfortunately also have ot make a living, a vet practice is a business. Don't hear of human doctors giving out freebies. Most vets do a lot of pro bone work for the SPCA - like only covering costs in sterilisations etc.

  • phillipa.mill - 2012-02-29 11:47

    People shounldn't have pets if they can afford food or the well being of the that animal PERIOD!!!!!

      phillipa.mill - 2012-02-29 11:48

      can't not can oops my bad

      phillipa.mill - 2012-02-29 11:49

      my spelling is up to sh1t as well today :(

  • Katharina - 2012-02-29 22:56

    As we speak my lovely dog of eight years are at a vet awaiting my decision to put her to sleep or not after a failed op. I have paid R2000 up front, then was asked for R2500 more or my dog would have to be put to sleep. After some unlucky complications I have to now pay another R1800. It now seems as if I clearly cannot afford a dog. The poor vet also have to make a living...

  • SIMSI.1 - 2012-02-29 23:10

    if you feed him love him ...lots of water nourishing food ... a walky a day or even when you have time ...a ride in your car ... he will love you forever ... and stay with you forever ... does not matter if both of you end up in a shack ... or have to live under a bridge ... if anyone dare separate him from you .. that will be the end of him ...

  • SIMSI.1 - 2012-02-29 23:13

    You can teach a dog to obey traffic lights and even how to cross a road where there are no traffic lights ... This is being done in some countries ...

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