On 31 January 2012, Premier Helen Zille announced her commitment to help develop a new consciousness to animal welfare in the Western Cape. She identified a three pronged approach we welfare organizations and community veterinary clinics deal with on daily basis:
- Implement Mass Sterilization Programmes
- Roll out Humane Education
- Enforcing policing acts of cruelty to animals
Envirovet CVC(community veterinary clinics, a project by SAVA), Lucky Lucy Foundation(registered welfare organization) and Humane Education(registered education trust) took the opportunity to prove a different approach, one that certainly will be the sustainable answer. And our convictions received a massive oomph of enthusiasm and support not to mention HUGE SUCCESS!
Klipheuwel was targeted to implement a pilot project that was designed based on international standards to address the crisis of over-population in a disadvantaged, informal settlement and in the month of June we took head of a full Mass Sterilization, Vaccination, Deworming, Registration, Microchipping and Primary Health Care campaign backed up with a database of all the information:
- Sterilize and treat 100% of the animals of Klipheuwel
- Implement an extensive education programme in the community
- Carry out a full Pet Census
- Involve and train all the community leaders and selected members so that a follow up and maintenance programme can continue afterwards
- Create a database with owner and animal information
This approach brings about not only short-term but long-term results which benefits the community and the animals. This also proves the provision of better control of zoonotic diseases but also a proven link between animal abuse and human violence. We have to focus on rekindling the spirit of care and respect for all life, helping youngsters through their animals to find a new sense of self-esteem. Animal abuse and cruelty has a domino effect in our society: witnessing cruelty and abuse causes a loss of feeling, of empathy. This is one of the biggest lessons we hope will come out of the Klipheuwel Project in a rather rare initiative, joining forces to fight for ultimately what we all want: a safer, healthier, better functioning society with less abuse and neglect caused by massive over-population and reducing this crisis so people and animals can co-exist in peace.
Statistics for our project in the month of June 2012 after achieving a 97% sterilization rate:
- Sterilized: 155
- Microchipped, vaccinated, dipped and dewormed: 272
- Immediate Primary care for urgent cases: 26
- Klipheuwel Population: 657 houses and 257 animals
We are doing this because we want to break the cycle and it won’t work without a properly planned and executed strategy. Mass euthanasia will never win the war as we belief ‘Don’t confiscate and Euthanize, Educate and Sterilize.’
We stand together and humbly thank our supporters, each and every single one, and our major sponsors especially: FiveStar ID, Watershed Rescue and Rehabilitation Fund as well as Dancers love Dogs (Brigitte Reeve Taylor).
And with this we would like to end off by asking if our donors are perhaps still in hibernation? We are watching some of our bills rise heatedly whilst our bank account shivers with cold not in favour, so for the sake of the braks, do you think you would be able to help us cover a few of our bills with a penny or two? There is no other appreciation or gratitude than that of our rescues continuously benefiting from your suppawt:
- Tygerberg Animal Hospital: R40,000 +
- Norpharm Animals Medication: R15,000+
- AWS Sterilization Bill: R20,000+
- Dog Food Bill: R4,500 per week
Please place your paw in your pocket and sniff around for a donation you may have, however big or small.
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