New year, new tasks

Grocott's Mail - - MAKANA VOICES -

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.

Photo: Tim Bull

A fire this week that threat­ened the SPCA was one of the op­er­a­tional chal­lenges fac­ing the fa­cil­ity.

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