Don’t Delay, Always Spay!

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Many people ask us why we are such avid advocates of sterilisation and the simple answer is because it’s a lifesaver.

It’s no myth that there is an overpopulation of unwanted pets nationwide. Every year thousands of cats and dogs end up homeless and sadly, there are just not enough people to adopt all these unwanted pets.

There are many reasons that pets end up homeless, ranging from the sad fact that people simply cannot afford to keep animals and many animals are abused, neglected and subjected to horrifying acts of cruelty.

Spaying and neutering pets prevents animals from being born accidentally, and is the most effective and humane way to save animals lives.

The benefits far outweigh any negative connotations to sterilisation as your pet will live a longer, healthier life preventing many diseases and discomfort to your animal. It reduces and eliminates breast cancer and dangerous uterine infections in females and prostate problems and testicular cancer in males. The urge to mate will be taken away as well, making your pet less distracted and more contented.

The fear of losing your furry friend due to them wanting to roam to search for a mate is decreased and your loved pet will not get into fights with other animals or get hit by a car.

Aggression is different to protectiveness and an aggressive pet is very difficult to handle and may result in it becoming homeless once again. This is drastically reduced with sterilisation.

Remember, sterilisation must and should be done only by a skilled, professional Vet, who will perform the surgery under general anaesthetic so your pets do not feel any pain. There might be a period of discomfort after the operation, but this is minimal and for a short period of time.

A happy pet is a loved pet, and you are doing the right thing, ensuring your pets are healthy members of your family for many years to come.

Until next time, take care

Tess Fernandez

PRO/Fundraiser for uMngeni SPCA

Meet the team

Anne Smith - SPCA Plant Lady

Anne SmithAnne has been the driving force behind establishing our Gardeners’ Corner, firstly at Campbell Road and later at our Fundraising Centre in Main Street Howick.   She has been with us through thick and thin, planning, executing and running our highly successful plant nursery.   Anne not only sources plants from nurseries at very special prices, she also goes to Kloof SPCA to fetch loads of plants donated from their nursery and she also pots out slips, cuttings, divisions of huge matted plants and other material that is donated by gardeners.  Whatever else she does with her magic wand to produce the huge stock of fine plants, seedlings, shrubs and trees to sell at competitive prices I wouldn’t know but the measure of her success is in the band of loyal supporters who always look for their garden requirements at the SPCA Centre before they even think of going anywhere else.

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