The Mossel Bay branch of the SPCA is presently hosting a Mass Animal Sterilisation Programme (MASP).
The Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with the SPCA, has provided funding for 742 animals from the lesser privileged communities to be sterilised. The MASP team, consisting of Tess, Helen, Wally and Athi, does a tremendous amount of education with animal owners, and each animal brought in is dewormed, vaccinated, treated against ticks and fleas, as well as being sterilised.
The animals are housed overnight to ensure they are ready for theatre the following day, and after the sterilisation, are being sent home with food and a sterilisation certificate.
A number of animals have required further treatment. Often they are brought in already sick or injured. These are referred to our on-site clinic for further treatment, an SPCA spokesperson said.
Dr Dempsey and Sister Ilse ensure that these animals are brought back to good health. Some are kept for a few days to ensure correct treatment is given.
Most sterilisations are being done on site, although a number of local private vets are actively participating: each week animals are being taken to the following vets: Dana Bay Veterinary Hospital, Mossel Bay Animal Hospital, CROFT and Hartenbos Animal Hospital. Once the sterilisations are completed, these animals are then returned home with food and medication where necessary.
"We feel that this is proving to be a very successful project, and would like to express our appreciation to the various veterinary practices involved as well as our sponsors and supporters.
"Should anyone wish to donate towards this, we would be more than appreciative as these funds will go towards providing help for many more animals who otherwise would not receive the care and attention they deserve," the spokesperson said. Contact the SPCA if you would like to assist (044 693 0824).
Many helpful hands are involved in the sterilisation programme.