New year, new tasks
Happy New Year from the Grahamstown SPCA. Welcome to the first of our monthly updates from your local SPCA.
We have had a busy and challenging end to the year with multiple cruelty issues, including animals being stabbed and farm animals being left to starve.
We have also had to deal with cows stuck in the bottom of empty dams, donkeys falling into uncovered drains, being injured and run over, dogs suffering from Parvo virus and distemper and being run over.
In addition, we also collected an unwanted cat that had been scalded with boiling water, together with her very malnourished kittens.
It has been a busy time for boarding and we have seen a lot of unwanted kittens and dogs being brought in.
We have also experienced two serious veld fires in the past two months (both of which have come very close to
Animal adoptions, although they have dropped in number due to the time of year, continue to be good and it has been wonderful to see Duchess’s kittens go to their forever home as well as long-stay Puss in Boots and his new friend Luna.
Dog adoptions have also been consistent, with Magnolia going home and Baloo being reserved.
As we look forward to the year ahead and the challenges it brings, we continue to be humbled and grateful to the continued support from the community and businesses, without which we would not be able to help all the animals in our community and surrounding areas who so desperately need it.
At this time of the year we are still experiencing very hot weather and continue to remind everyone of the importance of making sure that all animals have not only sufficient food, but also wa- ter and shelter. Please do not leave animals in vehicles and or on open back vehicles or trailers unattended in this hot weather.
Thank you so much for your continued support for your SPCA.
For a great way to start the year, why not adopt one of our kennels for the year? Details on Facebook.
Please follow us on Facebook and have a look at our adoption photo albums.
This is where you will find write ups and pictures of all the animals we have up for adoption.
For all queries including emergencies, please contact us on 046 622 3233.
For general enquiries, please email us: Opening hours 9–4 weekdays; 9–12 Saturdays and 9–12 Sundays.
• Mark Thomas is the Manager of the Grahamstown SPCA.
A fire this week that threatened the SPCA was one of the operational challenges facing the facility.