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RandWest SPCA helps struggling owners to have their pets sterilised

The RandWest SPCA in partnership with a local vet have come up with an almoning system to help pet owners who cannot afford to pay private sterilisation fees to have their pets sterilised.

There is some good news for pet owners who might not have the financial means to have their pets sterilised.

The RandWest SPCA in partnership with a local vet have come up with an almoning system to help pet owners who cannot afford to pay private sterilisation fees to have their pets sterilised.

Candice Cloete, a member of the SPCA Committee said the RandWest SPCA decided to help owners because sterilisation is the only way to prevent future cruelty, and they have always advocated this.

“The SPCA is going to be working with a local veterinarian who will be assisting us with the almoning sterilisations for underprivileged pet owners.”

She explained that to be able to qualify under the almoning system, owners must earn less than a certain amount per month, and are requested to go to the SPCA to complete the almoning form. They also need to bring a copy of their salary slip or SASSA card, as well as a copy of their ID. The rates for cats and dogs differ.

“We are happy to announce that the almoning system is operational and will continue to run for as long as required, but it needs to be stressed however that the RandWest SPCA will not be able to assist people who can afford to take their pets to their own veterinarian for sterilisation.”

Jored Ndlovu, Collet Tshabangu and Candice Cloete. Photo: Michelle Roodt.

“The RandWest SPCA is very excited to start this campaign mainly because we deal with many owners in underprivileged areas who love and care for their animals, but who cannot afford to have them sterilised. This causes animals to be born into a world that is already saturated with domestic animals.”

While the RandWest SPCA advocates that people only adopt animals if they can afford to look after them properly, which includes ensuring that they are sterilised, vaccinated, dewormed and treated for external parasites on a regular basis, they also understand that some people routinely get animals but they cannot afford to care for them properly.

“This system will enable the RandWest SPCA to put a stop to any indiscriminate breeding, and therefore be able to improve the living conditions of these animals.”

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