RES­CUE RANGERS: FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS GIVEN A VOICE

Fo­cus on an­i­mals’ health

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RE­CENTLY recog­nised as an of­fi­cial Non-Profit Or­gan­i­sa­tion (NPO), Wild Coast Com­mu­nity Vet Clinic (WCCVC Chintsa Dogs), is mak­ing waves in and around the Chintsa com­mu­nity, help­ing pet own­ers with the health and well-be­ing of their an­i­mals.

Started by Chintsa lo­cal, Den­nis Taylor, the char­ity func­tions as part of the Sa­far­i4u vet­eri­nary stu­dent pro­gramme, which has been run­ning since 2013.

“We utilise the vet stu­dents brought in through the Sa­far­i4u pro­grammes and work with com­mu­ni­ties in and around the Wild Coast re­gion in or­der to main­tain the health of their an­i­mals,” Sa­far­i4u ad­min, mar­ket­ing and stu­dent li­ai­son of­fi­cer, Alex Tweedie said

The char­ity, not to be con­fused with the Wild Coast Vet, vis­its com­mu­nity town­ships such as Chintsa, Mooiplaas, Kwel­era, Soto, Ngx­ingx­olo, Mor­gan Bay, Kei Mouth and Ke­fani and runs var­i­ous an­i­mal well-be­ing and health­care treat­ment pro­grammes.

WCCVC Chintsa Dogs treat mange out­breaks, as­sist in anti-par­a­site treat­ment, treat an­i­mals that have been in­jured in car ac­ci­dents, fights, by fence wires or ne­glect. The char­ity also runs var­i­ous com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes on the han­dling and treat­ment of pets and an­i­mals. “Many of the towns­peo­ple recog­nise us and seek our ad­vice on is­sues con­cern­ing their pets, so it’s not that the own­ers of these an­i­mals don't care, it's sim­ply that they don't have the re­sources to care for them.”

The char­ity has also started a spay and neuter pro­gramme pri­mar­ily for those who can’t oth­er­wise af­ford the health care of their an­i­mals.

“By re­duc­ing pop­u­la­tions, we can more eas­ily con­trol the dis­ease out­breaks and the com­mu­ni­ties don't have a fur­ther fi­nan­cial bur­den when pup­pies and kit­tens come along un­ex­pect­edly. Spay­ing and neu­ter­ing also comes with other ben­e­fits such as the re­duced risk of can­cers such as mam­mary can­cers and Trans­mis­si­ble Ven­eral Tu­mours aris­ing in their pets,” Tweedie said.

Cur­rently WCCVC Chintsa Dogs is solely funded by pub­lic do­na­tions.

While Wild Coast Vet as­sists the char­ity tremen­dously with an "at cost price" ser­vice for spe­cific surg­eries, this still comes to R500 per dog for a spay.

“The fu­ture vi­sion for WCCVC is to, with the as­sis­tance of Sa­far­i4u, ex­pand our spay and neuter pro­gramme so that it has es­tab­lished pop­u­la­tion con­trol enough so that a vac­ci­na­tion pro­ject can be com­menced for the ben­e­fit of the lo­cal com­mu­nity and the greater area in the long term,” Tweedie said.

In or­der to raise pro­ceeds for their work, the char­ity is host­ing a fundrais­ing event to­mor­row evening at 6pm at C Club in Chintsa East.

At R50 per per­son, their event, "Gone to the Dogs” prom­ises to be an evening filled with happy mu­sic, good food and var­i­ous raf­fle prizes to be won.

For more in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Tweedie at

atweed­ieis@gmail.com or visit the Sa­far­i4u Face­book page for more in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED.

b WELL CARED FOR: Part of WCCVC Chintsa Dogs work is to treat wounds. This pup, ‘Chomp’ was bit­ten on his torso by an adult dog and it punc­tured his ab­domen. He was cared for by Sa­far­i4u's vet team and placed into a home

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