SPCA opens new an­i­mal clinic

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - By KATHRYN CLEARY

On Tues­day 14 Au­gust, com­mu­nity mem­bers ea­gerly gath­ered at the Gra­ham­stown (Makhanda) SPCA in hon­our of the grand open­ing of the brand new clinic. In just over four months, through gen­er­ous do­na­tions and sup­port from lo­cal busi­nesses and an­i­mal wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions, the clinic be­came a re­al­ity.

Fea­tur­ing at-cost ser­vices for pet own­ers, Mark Thomas, SPCA Man­ager, hopes that the clinic will as­sist those who can­not af­ford pri­vate ve­teri­nary ser­vices.

Dr Ash­ley Le­mon, Com­pul­sory Com­mu­nity Ser­vice (CCS) vet, has worked with Thomas to make this clinic pos­si­ble.

Fees at the new clinic range from R100 for a male cat to R300 for a large fe­male dog.

“We be­lieve in charg­ing a ba­sic fee be­cause it gives a sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity for that an­i­mal,” said Le­mon.

“The clinic is not free, it’s very ba­sic price, but there is a charge. We want to ed­u­cate peo­ple that if you have a pet you need to make sure it’s fed, it’s warm, if it gets sick you can take it to the vet... me!”

The clinic will host monthly ‘spay days’ for com­mu­nity pet own­ers, pro­vid­ing af­ford­able ster­il­i­sa­tion ser­vices for R100.this week was the first spay day with 30 an­i­mals sched­uled. Last month, in hon­our of Man­dela Day, the SPCA and com­mu­nity part­ners spayed and neutered nearly 60 an­i­mals.

Le­mon and Thomas also plan to tar­get out­ly­ing ar­eas of the com­mu­nity.

“The clinic is sep­a­rate from the SPCA. It’s the SPCA Clinic, but the books are kept sep­a­rately.”, said Le­mon.

“We are look­ing at peo­ple who can­not af­ford pri­vate ve­teri­nary fees. We would like them to come for­ward,” said Thomas.

“We couldn’t be here with­out the com­mu­nity and we ap­pre­ci­ate all the sup­port we con­sis­tently get.”

“I think this is a great step for­ward for the com­mu­nity.”

Thomas and Le­mon would like to thank the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Forestry and Fish­eries; the East­ern Cape Depart­ment of Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment and Agrar­ian Re­form; Me­di­vet; The Wilder­ness Foun­da­tion; Buildit; Cash­build; Buco; AJ Builders; PG Glass; Gra­ham­stown Glass; Ven­ture Signs; Ikhala Vet Clinic; Gra­ham­stown Trailer Hire; Skip Go and mem­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic for help­ing to make the clinic a re­al­ity.

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