New Hope for Pets in South Africa
Hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats are without veterinary care in South Africa; an impossible number to count or even estimate. These animals (particularly dogs) are kept as pets and used for a variety of reasons: security, companionship, hunting, fighting, etc. Therefore even those with homes are not properly cared for.
I have just read over a recent report from an animal rescue team called TEARS that IFAW funds as part of a larger companion animal rescue project in South Africa. The IFAW-TEARS team travels and provides veterinary care in the most remote parts of South Africa surrounding Cape Town, where many companion animals suffer a life of abandonment.
In a period of 6 months, a total of 780 dogs and cats were sterilized (spayed or neutered) and an additional 2034 received veterinary care!!
Not only does this offer potential for population numbers to fall, but animals that would have suffered are now treated and many placed in loving homes.
The clinic base is located close to the surrounding communities; therefore the team is often required to take in unwanted animals. Dogs suffering from mange and malnutrition are successfully rehabbed and adopted by loving families; helping families who previously could not seek assistance. Dogs that have been rescued from horrific dog fighting situations are given immediate care.
These are all examples of the work several individuals are doing in South Africa and I feel it deserves special attention. Visit the slide show above to check out the new photos added from the TEARS report. And read this success story of a South African who recently adopted a pet from the TEARS.