Calling all animal lovers! While we’ve been in the safety of our homes during lockdown, the vulnerable animals in our communities have not been as lucky.
With fundraising efforts severely limited and adoptions dropping, pet shelters are under strain. They, and the animals they care for, need your help, whether you donate money, buy pet food or give your time to help out.
If you’re ready to take action, here are four organisations to get you going:
With large gatherings of people prohibited under lockdown, the SPCA in Sandton had to cancel three fundraising functions in one week – and that’s just one branch of this nationwide organisation. The SPCA relies on funds raised at these events to keep its doors open and care for the animals. Adoptions have also dropped, as lockdown is not an ideal time to take on a new pet.
Tears Animal Rescue
Many pets in low-income communities are going hungry as their owners can’t afford to feed them. You can donate to buy food for these pets here.
Four Paws in South Africa
As lockdown continues and people experience greater levels of stress, there is an increased risk of domestic violence against pets. If you suspect that animals in your community are being abused, please report it. Find out more here.
Woodrock Animal Rescue
Funded through community support, Woodrock Animal Rescue is a non-profit welfare organisation, which relies heavily on donations. Besides donating money or goods, you can adopt, foster, volunteer or sponsor an animal.
Taking care of pets whose owners are ill
It’s also important to make plans to ensure your pets are properly cared for during the pandemic, in case someone in your home becomes ill and is hospitalised. The Animal Welfare Society of South Africa recommends these steps:
- Identify a family member or friend to care for your pets.
- Investigate options for boarding your pet. Make sure all vaccines are up to date and that medications are documented with dosages and instructions.
- Keep pet crates, food and extra supplies for your pet, in case the virus spreads in your community and you need to move them to reduce social exposure.
- If you haven’t already, get a collar with ID tags and have a microchip implanted.
By having a plan for your pet, you can do your part to ensure animal shelters are not overwhelmed. You will also protect your pet from unnecessary stress. It’s highly unlikely you will need to put the plan into action, but it’s best to be prepared!