KLOOF AND HIGHWAY SPCA - MEDIA – STERILISATION CLINICS
The Kloof and Highway SPCA have held our first outreach clinic for 2012 based on our premises in Kloof. We concentrated on animals in the Stockville Valley and Motala Heights area. Our SPCA inspectors and volunteers collected animals from these areas and returned them to our SPCA to be treated and sterilised. During the week 27 February 2012 to 2 March 2012 our Outreach Team and Veterinarians sterilised 194 animals. These animals were also treated for parasites including worms; ticks; fleas and mange and were also vaccinated. A number of animals brought in to be sterilised were suffering from illnesses such as Biliary; Ehrlichia and Mange which meant that they could not undergo the operation but had to be admitted to our clinic or sent home with treatment, to be sterilised once they had recovered from their illness.
During 2010 our Society conducted sterilisation clinics where animals were collected from their respective areas and returned to our surgery for a week where they are treated and sterilised by a small staff compliment and one vet, and thereafter at the end of the week, returned to their owners with food, blankets and a new lease on life. This process was time consuming and the number of animals we were able to collect and transport back to our facilities was severely limited due to space; transport and staff constraints.
In 2011 our SPCA extended the outreach programme due to the generous injection of funds from Lotto for the year 2011 which enabled us to purchase much needed resources, equipment and vehicles, for a Sterilisation program which will provide a working team which could operate locally at a venue, thereby being able to treat and sterilise animals on scene. By establishing this unit, our Society was able to conduct more vigorous clinics in the respective areas, staying for the duration of week, making use of four to five veterinarians daily, thereby sterilising more animals and dramatically making a difference in animal welfare within those communities. In October 2011, at our last outreach clinic in Molweni, our Outreach team sterilised 280 animals, which was a huge success. During the course of 2011 976 animals in total were sterilised.
The Kloof & Highway SPCA areas of jurisdiction include vast rural; disadvantaged and poverty stricken communities. These communities hold great value to their animals however they do not have access to basic veterinary services or animal health care. As a result their livestock and domestic animals suffer from parasite infestations; disease and many illnesses, all of which can be easily treated or rather prevented. Another great concern is the rapid overpopulation and uncontrolled breeding of animals which also results in unwanted animals and further health and safety problems.
Sterilisation and effective population control of animals is paramount in preventing cruelty and suffering. With thousands upon thousands of unwanted litters being born into a life where they stand no chance from the beginning, suffering from hunger; diseases; parasite infestations and often left to die alone, the only way to prevent this is by saturating areas with sterilisation campaigns and clinics and educating communities of the importance of population control. Another great concern of uncontrolled breeding are the many unwanted animals that roam the streets scavenging for food and often forming packs that attack small children and other members of the community.
These animals also contribute greatly in the rapid spread of contagious diseases both amongst the animal population and humans alike. The responsibility lies with us all to protect both animals and people from the problem mentioned above as they can actually be managed and controlled with an effective outreach programme.
We must always bare in mind that there are several diseases and parasitic conditions that have the potential of being transmitted from pets to humans and that it is a fact that sick and diseased animals have a direct impact on their owners and largely on their surrounding communities. When we work towards basic animal health care in a community, we directly affect the livelihood and health of the human population of that community. It cannot be argued that healthy animals, means healthy people.
HOW CAN YOU HELP:
Continued funding is always needed to sustain projects like this.
TAX EXEMPTION - Our Society can issue Section 18A tax certificates on request for any donations of cash, services or products.
Kloof & Highway SPCA has been evaluated using the Generic Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Scorecard as per the Department of Trade & Industry's BB-BEE Codes of Good Practice and are proud to have achieved the following rating certificate:
A Level 8 Contributor. As a Level Eight company our customers/clients can claim BEE Procurement of 10% for every R100 spent with us
DONATION OF ITEMS – For each clinic our SPCA appeals for blankets, collars, leads and dog pellets which can be given to each animal that is sterilised and treated.
Sterilisation and effective population control of animals is one of our focus areas in preventing cruelty and suffering. There are thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens suffering from hunger, diseases, parasite infestations, and are often left to die a horrible death.
With your support, we are able to host sterilisation clinics and campaigns which include educating communities of the importance of population control. Over population also contributes towards the spread of contagious diseases such as rabies, both amongst the animal population and humans alike.
OVERPOPULATION IS A MAJOR CONCERN
The responsibility lies with us all to protect both animals and people from the problem mentioned above as it can actually be managed and controlled with an effective outreach programme. When we work towards basic animal health care in a community, we directly affect the livelihood and health of the human population of that community. It cannot be disputed that healthy animals means healthy people.
The Kloof and Highway SPCA have hosted a number of outreach clinics in the past year where on average between 200 to 250 animals are sterilised at each one week clinic. These animals are also treated for parasites including worms, ticks, fleas and mange and were also vaccinated.
A number of animals brought in to be sterilised were suffering from illnesses such as Biliary, Ehrlichia and Mange which meant that they could not undergo the operation but had to be admitted to our clinic or sent home with treatment, to be sterilised once they had recovered from their illness. It costs our SPCA in the region of R50 000 for each clinic. Although we received funding previously from the NLDTF for this we have not received any funding from them to continue with our Outreach Clinics for the year 2014.