Animals sure to woof and meow in approval at launch of SA's largest adoption kennel

2016-06-10 11:39
City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for safety and security Alderman JP Smith and a kitty. (Supplied, Cape of Good Hope SPCA)

City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for safety and security Alderman JP Smith and a kitty. (Supplied, Cape of Good Hope SPCA)

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Cape Town – The most advanced and largest adoption kennel of its kind in South Africa was launched in Grassy Park, Cape Town, on Thursday.

After a year of steady construction, the Cape of Good Hope (COGH) SPCA proudly unveiled its facility in the presence of some of the city's devoted animal lovers.

With the quarantine, pre-adoption and adoption pods complete, the kennels could now accommodate up to 300 animals.

Previously, there were as many as three small dogs in a single kennel because of space constraints.

The facility boasts luxury features including as underfloor heating.

Each dog would receive a comfortable and hygienic dog bed. Improved biosecurity would help control the spread of deadly diseases.

Reducing kennel stress

JP Smith, safety and security mayoral committee member, usually known for his hard stance against criminals, was pictured cuddling a ginger kitten.

He said the shelter was critical to the city's constitutional responsibilities as the SPCA took in the majority of stray, abandoned and rescued animals in the area.

"The decision to invest in a redevelopment was seen as a vital move in securing the future sustainability of the organisation as a whole," COGH CEO Allan Perrins said on Thursday.

Their older buildings were more than 20 years old.

Various structural problems had begun to negatively affect the overall efficacy of their operations, he said.

The new structure would reduce the risk of kennel stress, by giving each animal their own space, while still encouraging a degree of controlled socialisation.

The COGH SPCA was established in 1872. Its operation covered approximately 11 000km² excluding the coastline.

SPCA adoption centre in Grassy Park, Cape Town. (Supplied, Cape of Good Hope SPCA)

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