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Garden Route SPCA George & Mossel Bay
The Garden Route SPCA (044) 878 1990/1993 O/H | Emergency A/H 082 378 7384
Mossel Bay 044 693 0824 / 072 287 1761
Mossel Bay – here’s your chance to help the SPCA combat dog-fighting!
With close-cropped ears and his massive head leaking blood like a sieve, this fighting Pitbull will not get veterinary treatment in case the vet notifies the police. The dog has been trained to fight by being caged in the dark, enraged by being prodded with sticks and then given the confidence to kill by having stolen cats and small dogs tossed into the cage to vent his rage on.
Dog-fighting is a fast-growing threat that none of us can ignore. Attracted by the easy money from owning a fearless Pitbull or from placing bets on a winning dog, dog-fighting can be a starting point that leads people into a life of crime. It’s an easy step from there to robbery and violence. Even ‘bait’ animals, (used to train Pitbulls to fight), might be our own much-loved pet, stolen by out-of-work youths to sell to dog-fighters. It’s a growing problem which affects us all. But what can we do to help combat this insidious threat?
“The Garden Route SPCA is doing everything it can to put dog-fighters behind bars... but we also want to create a ground swell of people who are AGAINST dog-fighting! This will help give people the confidence to report people who own fighting dogs as well as provide the police with information on when and where fights are taking place,” says Senior Inspector Salomé Botha.
“So, in George we have launched a unique ‘Pitbull Club’ for township youths who own Pitbulls,” continued Botha, “and we are giving these young men an alternative to fighting their dogs! With help from a trainer from the George Police Dog Unit and members of the George Dog Club and Eden Dog Training, Club members are starting to pit their Pitbulls against the challenge of reaching higher and higher obedience training levels and developing competitive agility skills such as ‘fly-ball’.
“We now want to launch a ‘Pitbull Club’ in Mossel Bay. We are asking all animal lovers and everyone who is against crime, to help us get the Club going by attending our special fundraising breakfast on Saturday 7 July at 9.00 at the Protea Hotel Mossel Bay, Old Post Office Tree Square. Not only will you have a delicious breakfast, but you will also learn about the Dog-Fighting that is happening on our doorsteps... plus your R70 ticket will help get the Mossel Bay Pitbull Club off the ground. Businesses (such as Security Companies) or individuals who may want to get further involved with the Club, should also come along. Tickets can be obtained from the Protea Hotel (044 691 3738) or from the SPCA itself (044 693 0824).”
CAPTION: Eating out of her hand! Police Dog Unit trainer, Caryn Kritzinger, was able to teach a Club Pitbull to ‘sit’, ‘lie’ and ‘heel’ in 10 minutes... much to the amazement and delight of the Club members!
Give us your TIME!
Walk our Adoption dogs and cuddle our Adoption Cats
Wednesdays 2pm – 4pm
Join our Charity Shop Team
Contribute by becoming a MEMBER
Contribute by becoming a DONOR
Our Wish List
Cat- traps to catch feral cats
Old leads and collars
Old dog kennels
Blankets and towels
A large capacity washing machine
Constant supply of dog/cat food, toys for kennels
Dog and cat food
Old fencing, gates and fencing wire
Equipment for Inspectors to help them in their jobs, like catchpoles
EVENTS AND FUNDRAISERS PLANNED TO DATE:
- Saturday 20th August “COME SHOW OFF YOUR DOG” fun and educational dog show at Parkdene Primary
School (provisional date)
- Friday end August BINGO – exact date to be finalized.
- Wednesday, 14th September MAIN GOLF DAY, GEORGE GOLF CLUB
- Saturday , 24th September STREET COLLECTION, GEORGE
- 4 to 10 October ANIMAL WEEK – Library displays in George and Mossel Bay
- Saturday, 19th October COLLECTION – WILD OATS MARKET
- Saturday, 22 th October OUBAAI HOME AND DECOR SHOW
Dangers facing our free-roaming cats
Currently the Garden Route SPCA Mossel Bay is investigating a case of a cat called Kassimeer, who has just been shot (for a second time) by a person using a bow and arrow. Any case of deliberate cruelty is prosecutable under the Animal Protection Act.no 72 of 1962.
Cat owners are often not aware of narrow escapes their cats experience on a daily basis. Cats are renowned for their inquisitive nature - the expression “curiosity killed the cat” is an unfortunate truism! While out exploring, cats face being run over, being bitten by dogs or snakes, being infected with Feline AIDS from fighting with an infected cat or becoming lost and ending up at the SPCA! They can get cancer from sun exposure, pick up worms, ticks and ringworm and there is a very real chance that neighbours may be using rat or other poisons in their gardens!
Unfortunately, there are also a few people who deliberately hurt cats!
Cats are classified as free roaming animals BUT it is every cat owner’s responsibility to ensure their cat’s safety!
Statistics indicate that the life span of an indoor cat is far longer than an outdoor cat. Many indoor cats can live for 20 years. In comparison the average outdoor, free-roaming cat’s life expectation is around 5 years!
So what can cat owners do to ensure their pet’s safety... while also provide a happy and stimulating life-style?
For wandering cats, the best solution is a large walk-in outdoor cat enclosure complete with plants and a cat ‘jungle-gym’ and a cosy ‘kennel’ up off the ground. Such pens can be built up to the house so the cats can access a favourite room. Contrary to what cat owners think, it is very possible to train a cat to walk on a leash and harness. It is easiest to train a cat while still young.
Cats are loving, personality-packed, family members who enjoy attention and in return will ensure that you enjoy a purrrfect day…!
Mall reports dogs left in hot cars!
Twice the Langeberg Mall had to call on the SPCA when dogs were found in baking hot cars over the holiday season.
“Dogs are at greater risk of dying from being left in a over-hot car than a human baby!” says Mynie Mynhardt, manager of the Mossel Bay SPCA. “When the outside temperature is 26°, in just 8 minutes the temperature in a closed car parked in the sun rockets to 45°... and even if the windows are all open it will climb to 37°!
“Because dogs have no sweat glands, the only way they can try and cool down is to pant! Panting pulls air over the wet surface of their tongue and nasal passages and helps cool the blood in the veins running under those surfaces. But it also uses up oxygen... and in a closed or insufficiently ventilated car, oxygen depletion leads to internal organs being damaged or shutting down. The dog can die some days after being overheated!” she warned.
Should you see a dog in obvious distress in a hot, closed car, call your nearest SPCA with the position of the car and its colour, make and registration number, so they can take action. SPCA Mossel Bay: (044) 693 0824 or 072 287 1761. SPCA George: (044) 878 1990 or 082 378 7384.
To cool down an over-heated dog, douse it with water and give it water to drink. Cover it with a wet towel until it stops panting.
For more details contact Vanessa Barnard, Garden Route, SPCA Vice-Chair, 082 444 3712
Jumble turns into life-saving operations!
Recently, 3 pro-active vets, a group of caring volunteers and the always-keen staff of the Garden Route SPCA got together to sterilize 75 dogs and 5 cats from the poorest areas of Mossel Bay - all in a single day!
It was like a well-oiled production-line. Dogs with names like “Killer”, “Bullet” and “Danger” were collected by the SPCA the previous day, dipped and labelled. Transported to the venue the next day, they received welcomed cuddles from volunteers while awaiting their turn to be ‘prepped’ for surgery. Experienced SPCA Inspectors then shaved tummies and inserted intubation tubes and intravenous needles. Then the vets took over. Volunteers watched over the sleeping animals, lying in blanketed rows in the recovery area, and walked the waking dogs around while their anaesthetic grogginess wore off. The ‘early’ patients were then returned home while those that were still a bit wobbly went back to the SPCA for supper and a good night’s sleep before going back home.
‘Sterithons’ – or mass sterilization days – save thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens from being born into a life of abandonment, neglect and suffering. (Just one unsterilized bitch and her unsterilized offspring can produced over 60 000 puppies in just 6 years!) Although the vets donate their time to the ‘sterithon’, there are still some R5 000 in costs for ‘pre-med’ drugs and anaesthetics. These costs are paid by the Garden Route SPCA from private donations and from sources such as the SPCA Charity Shops in George... yes, your unwanted furniture, curtains or clothing could go towards saving the suffering of hundreds of unwanted animals!
“We’d love any donations of jumble! They can be dropped off at the SPCA Clothing or Home Shops in the York Mall Arcade, 100 York Street (just below Standard Bank,) between 10.00am and 1.00pm any day but Sunday. And for larger donations, just ring me on 083 292 1190 and I’ll arrange collection.” says Estelle le Roux, the volunteer who looks after the shops. For people in Mossel Bay please contact Vanessa on 082 444 3712 or drop your jumble off at the SPCA, Bill Jeffrey Avenue, Mossel Bay (Tel. 044 693 0824).
“We already have far too many starving, abandoned and mange-ridden dogs in our underprivileged areas,” says Frieda Jansen van Rensburg, manager of the Garden Route SPCA, “and that’s primarily due to the current unemployment levels. Many owners simply cannot afford to sterilize, treat or even properly feed their animals! So a huge ‘thank you’ is due to the vets and volunteers who help boost the sterilizations that the SPCA and other animal welfare organisations do on a daily basis”.
CAPTION BOTTOM : SPCA staff expertly slide a intubation tube into a drowsy “Killer’s” throat.
CAPTION TOP : Waking up to a new life without the drain of incessant litters!