There is no doubt that all rescue organisations and shelters in SA can rescue companion animals until we are blue in the face – this will NOT address the underlying causes of the animal welfare problems in our country. We have a global society that has derailed from the basics of COMPASSION and RESPECT. We have a humanity that has forgotten its role as GUARDIANS of the planet and its animals. And there is a lot of general ignorance regarding key issues related to sterilisation, responsible pet ownership, re-homing animals, breed discrimination, dog-fighting and even cancer in pets.
The only way we are going to turn the tide, is to invest in solid EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS that will have a real, lasting impact in the lives of our future citizens. We have SEEN 1st hand how children respond to animals, and open their hearts, when they are shown the way back to LOVE.
In pursuit of this goal, PAWS R US (SA) has an “EDU-PAWS” CAMPAIGN that is aimed at working with both children and communities, in order to ultimately help the animals.
The EDU-PAWS CAMPAIGN takes its shape as follows:
- SCHOOL VISITS either on-site at the schools themselves, or at our LINBER KENNELS facility out in the Tarlton area. During these visits, children are brought back to an appreciation of interacting with animals based on mutual respect and love.
- COMMUNITY VISITS based on invitations received from a residential association or other formalised grouping. We offer presentations that are aimed at raising awareness and educating the public.
- DOG-WALKER VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME. This programme is specifically reserved for regular, reliable animal lovers who are able to come through to our facilities to walk our dogs on weekends. The engagement between human and dog has many mutual benefits for both.
SPONSORS/PARTNERS: PAWS R US (SA) are looking for sponsors/partners for this vital campaign. If you or your company would like to find out more about this educational initiative, please do make contact with us.
CONTACT: To find out more about our EDU-PAWS CAMPAIGN, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPCA’s and other animal rescue groups are literally flooded with emails from people who are emigrating and need shelter for their furry kids because they are opting to leave them behind. Here is a critical list of advice in this regard:
- TRY HARDER to take them with. We have become a THROW-AWAY SOCIETY. We firmly believe that when we take an animal into our lives, its a relationship based on commitment. They trust in you to take care of them for their whole life. Do not fail them without 1st doing all the homework and exploring all the options. There are far too many assumptions about quarantine laws and rules in various countries – and often these assumptions are not based on fact. Many countries have updated and relaxed their rules. So MAKE SURE! If you have explored all the foreseeable options to take them with, and you cannot because of cost or quarantine protocols, then as a last resort, you should do the following:
- Contact a REPUTABLE animal rescue and re-homing group in your area and ask them to help you NETWORK your animals in search of a FOREVER HOME. Please note: DO NOT contact them 1 week or a few days before you are bound to leave. This is not acceptable and quite frankly, no-one will be able to help them at such short notice. Wake up! Shelters are flooded. We have a pet overpopulation problem on our hands. CONTACT THEM EARLY – we strongly suggest that you do so at LEAST 3 MONTHS IN ADVANCE of your departure date. This allows time to create full profiles for each of your animals, with good photographs so that the rescue and re-homing group can network them in the various animal lover circles. PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO RE-HOME THEM by yourselves. Animal rescue groups specifically do adoption applications and home-checks in order to sift committed adopters from those who are either having a knee-jerk sympathy response, or are not able to offer a secure home for the long-haul, or have dubious motives. This is the unfortunate reality of our modern society. IF YOU CARE FOR THEM…..DO IT RIGHT. You would not give your child to any passerby, or to people you do not know well enough. DO NOT DO THE SAME with your furry child.
- Make sure that your animal is sterilised, with vaccinations up-to-date, and that they are microchipped and wearing a collar and tag. Not only will you be giving your furry kid the BEST possible foundation for the rest of their lives, but you will also ensure that they are always healthy and safe, and you will be helping the rescue organisation who is assisting you, to keep their costs down. The reality is that rescue groups owe thousands of rands to various vets because there are SIMPLY TOO MANY. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to take care of these vital aspects.
- Walk the road WITH the rescue group who is assisting you – the responsible networking of your furry kids is something you do together. Take an interest in what is happening – ask where their profiles/flyers are being circulated, ask how you can help, make sure that you circulate the networking flyers (created by the rescue org) in your own networks. THIS IS A TEAM EFFORT – all for the sake of the BEST FUTURE for YOUR furry child. Do NOT pass the buck! And even if you end up finding someone who may offer a good home, remember that the actual adoption process (accompanied by home-checks) MUST be done by the rescue organisation themselves – they have the experience in this area – let them do the sifting and checking.
- UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU EVER POST YOUR ANIMALS on a “FREE TO A GOOD HOME” type of site! Gumtree and other platforms for classified advertising is simply NOT appropriate for the FATE OF AN INNOCENT SOUL. And it is the perfect picking ground for animal trafficking and dog fighting syndicates. WAKE UP – it is happening! DO NOT PUT YOUR FURRY FRIEND AT RISK. Animal rescue groups make use of specific animal welfare platforms on social media in order to regulate the messaging and content, and to tap into dedicated animal lover communities. The home-checks also ensure that the parties who respond are legitimate and trustworthy.
- UNDERSTAND THAT IF YOU DUMP YOUR PET AT A “KILL-SHELTER” (i.e. a shelter that has to practice euthanasia due to incoming volume), THEIR CHANCES OF BEING RE-HOMED ARE LESS THAN 50%. If you sign a surrender form, your pet essentially becomes the “property” of that organisation and they can euthanase the animal on arrival. Unfortunately, a practice has also emerged over the years in which kill-shelters will not clearly explain and acknowledge that this will/may happen. Too many people live under the illusion that their animals will be re-homed. SO DO NOT TAKE THE CHANCE! IF YOU DO THE HOMEWORK EARLY ENOUGH, THERE WILL BE NO NEED to GO TO A KILL-SHELTER.
We ask you to PLEASE SHARE this post widely so that more people may have access to this information and advice, and may reconsider the way in which they go about their emigration – with specific reference to the fate of the innocent furry child in their care. WE ARE THEIR EVERYTHING. LET’S ACT LIKE IT.