Cape Town - About 1 500 unwanted and stray cats and dogs were taken in by the Cape of Good Hope SPCA this festive season. “Every year there is an increase in these cases,” said inspectorate manager Moyo Ndukwana.
He said the animals included a cross-breed dog, who was given as a Christmas present, “but the novelty wore off and it was seen as an unwanted gift”.
Ndukwana said the inspectorate dealt with 1 078 unwanted and stray animals between December 24 and Monday and there were also 470 walk-ins (people bringing in strays and unwanted dogs).
“Having an animal is not a right, it’s a privilege. Animals are not commodities.”
He said the message of sterilisation was extremely important.
“This helps to reduce unwanted litters.”
Ndukwana urged the public to report acts of cruelty to animals to the SPCA on 021 700 4158/59.
Meanwhile, with New Year’s Eve only a day away, the SPCA has also urged the public to consider the danger that fireworks pose to animals.
He said the SPCA was opposed to the use of any fireworks which emit a loud noise, due to the trauma and injuries they cause animals.
“Because animals are able to hear a wider range of sounds than humans can, the sound from fireworks is at least seven times louder to them and therefore their natural response would be to try and escape the sound with sometimes tragic consequences.”
Last month the Cape Argus reported that Guy Fawkes Day (November 5) had been one of the “worst and busiest” nights for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA in recent years.
By 11pm on the day its inspectors had received more than 40 calls.
The Gorfinkel Animal Hospital at its Grassy Park premises had received a number of badly injured animals. Two of the animals, a dog and a cat that were hit by cars, died.