SPCA calls for bet­ter un­der­stand­ing from pub­lic

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

seams with an­i­mals that had been picked up as strays, dumped at the re­ceiv­ing ken­nels or sur­ren­dered as un­wanted pets. `It is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to find homes for the high vol­ume of an­i­mals that are sur­ren­dered, dumped or brought in to the SPCA as strays. `We keep an­i­mals as long as we can in the hopes that we will find homes for them, but ken­nel stress is a very real prob­lem and, once an an­i­mal has ken­nel stress, it is cruel to keep it caged.´ Cordiglia said an­i­mals with ken­nel stress are al­most im­pos­si­ble to home as they be­come ag­gres­sive, bounce around the ken­nel or hide. `When peo­ple come to view an­i­mals and see an ag­gres­sive one, one that is con­stantly bounc­ing around the ken­nel or one that runs and hides, they are not in­ter­ested in those an­i­mals. `Keep­ing a dog locked up in a ken­nel in­def­i­nitely is an­i­mal cru­elty.´ The SPCA also en­coun­ters many peo­ple who are un­will­ing to adopt any mixed breed dog or cat, but are after spe­cific breeds. `We do some­times have pure bred dogs up for adop­tion, but most of the time we have cross breeds. `It is our view that if peo­ple are true an­i­mal lovers, they will be happy adopt­ing any breed of dog, just to know they res­cued an aban­doned an­i­mal.´ Peo­ple want­ing spe­cific breeds of dog per­pet­u­ates the `back­yard breeder´ prob­lem, which of­ten sees dogs il­le­gally bred, kept in cruel con­di­tions and pro­duc­ing mal­nour­ished pup­pies that are of­ten ei­ther flea−in­fested or sickly. THE SPCA in Richards Bay has spo­ken out about the mis­in­formed opin­ion of many who take to so­cial me­dia to paint the or­gan­i­sa­tion as one that in­dis­crim­i­nately kills an­i­mals. `The truth is that if all pet own­ers ster­ilised their cats and dogs, we wouldn´t have the high num­bers com­ing through our gates,´ said El­iz­a­beth Cordiglia, SPCA Vice Chair­per­son. This fes­tive sea­son saw the SPCA al­most burst­ing at the

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