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Animal NPO vaccinates township dogs against rabies

SOME 185 dogs were vaccinated against rabies in Malundi Township, near Craigieburn by non-profit organisaiton, 4 Paws and a Tale Rescue on Sunday, 3 November.

“With rabies a real and frightening problem in the Craigieburn and Umkomaas area, we have been fortunate in that the Amanzimtoti SPCA supplied us with rabies vaccines making it possible to vaccinate dogs and cats in the area,” said the organisation’s Nicky Koekemoer.

“Children in the community were asked to spread the word and by 8am on Sunday we were ready for the first arrivals. People were most appreciative as the state vet has not been in the area for a long time and all the dogs barring two had never been vaccinated before.”

Nicky described rabies as a killer disease not only for the animals but also for humans who come into contact with an infected animal. “It is frightening to know that many of the people we deal with do not realise the danger or they could die if infected. Education in this regard is so urgently needed.”A second outreach will be undertaken within the next few weeks.

She thanked Trish Tweedle who assisted with paperwork and Tracey Girling from the SPCA.In Malundi Township, Nicky also feeds 87 dogs and 35 cats daily. Money for food mostly comes out of her own pocket. If anyone is able to assist with donations, deposits can be made at First National Bank Scottburgh, 4 Paws and a Tale Rescue account number 623-7011-199, branch code 220227. For more information contact Nicky on 084-626-5508.

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