Several pets in need of new homes
THE Komani SPCA is currently looking for homes for 23 dogs and 11 cats which have found a temporary home at the kennels.
SPCA inspector Betty Cree said two pups, aged between eight and nine weeks, and a few puppies born at the SPCA a few months ago, were among the dogs in need of homes. Eight dogs, aged between nine months and three years, were also looking for homes.
Four male cats – of which three had been castrated – and seven females (two spayed) – were also up for adoption.
Cree said no new cases of animal abuse had been reported to the SPCA lately but that anyone wanting to do so could reach the organisation on 045- 839 2189 or, in case of an emergency, on 082-492 5588.
The number of stray dogs in Komani was showing a steady increase with dogs roaming in the CBD and residential areas. Rampant littering and dumping of refuse were contributing to the problem, with fears that animals would get sick and that rats, attracted to the garbage, would cause disease.
Cree said the SPCA had spent hours over the past few weeks trying to catch some stray dogs suffering from mange in the town’s CBD.
“These dogs are in pain. They freeze at night and burn during the daytime.”
She said the dogs were, however, “streetwise” and difficult to corner, while suggestions to drug the animals had been made but that this came with risks to the welfare of the dogs.
She said people who no longer wanted their pets could drop them off at the SPCA or could contact the vets to have them euthanased.
She thanked the Komani community for their ongoing support of the SPCA. Anyone wanting to donate food or blankets can contact the SPCA.