Winter has arrived in Cape Town, and just as we hall out our thick winter woollies and blankets – so should you also pay your pets some extra special attention.
Here are some tips on how to keep them warm and snug during the colder months:
Do not keep dogs on a chain outside in the cold
The SPCA opposes the chaining of dogs. Chaining a dog deprives the animal of its natural right to freedom of movement, it is cruel and causes mental and physical suffering. It may even lead to the death of a dog. A chained dog does not have the ability to develop or function normally (mentally or physically); protect itself from the elements or defend itself. It is a contravention of the Animals Protection Act (No 71 of 1962) to chain an animal under conditions that cause it sufferering or to provide inadequate shelter regardless of the reason(If a dog has to be restrained for a valid reason, the only acceptable method is a running chain.
Please contact the SPCA Inspectorate on 021 700 4158/59 or after hours 083 326 1604 for advice on how to erect a running chain.
During winter, our staff and inspectors will be kept busy with thousands of abandoned, abused and surrendered animals seeking shelter from the elements. Our food stores are already under great strain – if you can help, consider making a donation of dry dog/cat food or a financial donation through our website at www.spca-ct.co.za.
Food donations can be dropped off at our premises in Grassy Park or at any of the drop off points listed on our website.