Unwanted pets need homes

09 January 2019 | Local News

The festive season has seen in an increase in the number of animals surrendered to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Windhoek.

The SPCA is thus urging members of the public to visit its kennels and consider adopting these animals.

Animal surrenders occur when members of the public ask the SPCA to take in their pets because of cost burdens and other factors, including illness.

“We have seen an increase in the number of surrenders. We have had about 50 surrenders up until now. Over the festive season, we often see an uptake in the number of surrenders to the SPCA,” SPCA Windhoek general manager Hanna Rhodin said. She urged members of the public to consider adopting pets instead of buying them, as this would assist the SPCA.

“We want to see these animals rehomed. We are urging members of the public to adopt animals rather than buy new ones,” she said.

According to Rhodin the SPCA Windhoek only collected one stray animal over the festive period. She also emphasised the City of Windhoek's strict stance against the use of fireworks at private dwellings, for which special permission must be sought.

“We have not seen an increase in the number of strays over the New Year. The stray animal population of Windhoek is also a problem.”

She called on residents to consider donating to the SPCA or volunteering their time to the organisation.

OGONE TLHAGE

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