The saying goes, “Dog is a man’s best friend”. This is true for everyone, regardless of age, race, sexuality, or financial status.
Sadly most disadvantaged dog owners cannot reciprocate financially and, as a result, are unable to get their dogs vaccinated annually or even sterilised.
To ensure that everyone can benefit from the unconditional love of a pet, fellow Capetonians need to band together to make sure that our city is a healthy and happy place for both two-legged and four-legged residents.
According to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA spokesperson Belinda Abraham; “It is absolutely vital to have your pets vaccinated in order to protect them from potentially fatal diseases such as Canine Distemper or Parvo Virus. By assisting disadvantaged pets to receive much-needed needed vaccinations, we can help keep pets across the city healthy.”
Another important aspect to consider when attempting to boost local pet health and vitality is sterilisation. Sterilization is the best way to prevent unwanted litters and reduce the drastic amount of homeless animals currently roaming in and around Cape Town.
Abraham also notes; “There is a growing concern that when animals go missing they often end up at shelters with no means of locating their owner. We highly recommend the use of Identipet’s microchip technology as a proven means of keeping your pet safe.”
“What better gift to give one’s pet than a voice when they are lost?” asks Identipet’s Angela O’Neale. “With the value-add of microchip TraceBackTM, 24 hour database management, RapidAlert and SOS alerts, the Identipet microchip system is a sure way to protect your pet and give them the love they deserve.”
The Cape of Good Hope SPCA, Identipet and atFrits Pet Hotel & Daycare Centre have now joined forces to introduce the annual Cape Town Pet Upliftment Project (CTPUP) every last Saturday of every month at De Waal Park, Molteno Road.
The first CTPUP will be on the 31st August 2019. The average cost of a vaccination and microchip ranges from R400 to R700. But full vaccination, sterilisation and micro-chipping can be purchased for only R450 at atFrits, your local vet and selected pet stores. Capetonians can now ‘paw’ it forward with this initiative, by purchasing a voucher for a disadvantaged person during the month and on the last Saturday of every month the voucher can be redeemed at the SPCA mobile unit in De Waal Park.
This way we can all ensure that dogs making use of public pet spaces are healthier and safer to be around each other- a win-win for all pet owners. “A healthy animal means a healthy community”, says Yanic Klue, owner of atFrits Pet Hotel and Daycare Centre.
In relationship with the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, atFrits will become the official CTPUP port of call for homeless people seeking medical attention for their animals and will help facilitate followup vaccinations as well as pick-ups and drop-offs of the tended to animals. This is a lifelong commitment, where all parties involved strive to create a safer space for all animals, whether they are fortunate enough to benefit from regular veterinary care or not.
“With this initiative we can change the lives of so many in Cape Town, and my biggest wish is that events like CTPUP be embraced the world over. By standing together and making sure that animals are afforded the opportunity to be healthy and happy, we are contributing to the beautiful spirit of the city and acting as a true community”, says Klue.
Proceeds raised will go towards the Cape of Good Hope SPCA so that they can keep doing amazing work for disadvantaged animals in dire need of love and veterinary attention.
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.