It is advised that in the event you become ill and are unable to take care of your pet, have a backup care giver ready to assist.
SECUNDA – With the Covid-19 outbreak worldwide, a plea from animal welfare organisations is for pet owners not to abandon, dump or kill animals due to rumours that the animals may carry the virus.
Abandonment is a crime in South Africa. If for whatever reason you cannot care for your pet, rather contact your local organisations to help make a plan.
According to WHO (World Health Organisation), there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit Covid-19.
It is advised that in the event of you become ill and are unable to take care of your pet, have a backup care-giver ready to assist.
“As fundraising opportunities are limited in the next few weeks we will all depend on financial donations to feed and care for the animals. Since we all have time, please learn more about the organisations and what they do,” said Ms Ancois van Zyl, a local animal welfare activist and representative of Feral Watch and TNR.
Feral Watch will continue to feed the feral colonies in the area under strict regulations. If you do go to the local vets for an emergency, you can drop extra food for organisations there. Just specify for whom you are leaving the donation.
Feral Watch and TNR, as well as the Highveld Ridge SPCA have bins at the Pick n Pay in the Secunda Mall.
The various local animal welfare organisations commented on their activities during the national lockdown.
Because Dogs & Co. said that they will not do any house checks or take or collect animals to or from previous owners or new owners or foster parents during the national lockdown.
“You can still apply for adoptions and ask for photos. We will continue with the process after lockdown. Emergencies will still be handled.”
In the event of your pet falling ill or being injured, contact your local vet beforehand to find out trading times and to what procedures need to be followed before taking your pet into the vet.
We want to assure the public that we are not stopping our operations and we will be helping the animals the same way we always do. We qualify as essential services and as such, we have been placed on the Joint Operations Committee with our local police station.
We have stringent controls in place to ensure the safety not only of the members of our organisation, but also with the human guardians of the animals we assist and protect.”
Here are emergency numbers for all vets and animal welfare organisations in our area:
Highveld Ridge SPCA 082 869 2350 or 082 222 1122
Bethal SPCA 072 573 3122 or 066 397 1630
Eendedam Dierekliniek 082 202 1190
Secunda Animal Hospital 072 549 0993
Syrmia Veterinary Hospital 017 631 2580
Evander Dierekliniek 076 533 4124
Feral Watch and TNR 082 781 9435
Because dogs and Co 081 013 4952
Little Paws Big Hearts 065 989 3149.
If you would like to make a donation to animal welfare organisations please go visit the orginisation’s Facebook page or contact them directly for banking details.
For more Animal Welfare Organisations in South Africa please visit Charity Directory
Disclaimer: The information produced by Infurmation is provided for general and educational purposes only and does not constitute any legal, medical or other professional advice on any subject matter. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Always seek the advice of your vet or other qualified health care provider prior to starting any new diet or treatment and with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you suspect that your pet has a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider.