SPCA’s top tips on how to keep your pets safe and warm this winter

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POLOKWANE – The South African for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is calling on residents to keep a closer eye on their pets with the approach of winter.

They list access to shelter and warm bedding as important aspects of caring for your pets.

The SPCA’s tips:

• It is advisable that they sleep indoors. If your pets sleep outside, ensure their kennels are waterproof.

• Raise the kennel slightly off the ground to prevent dampness.

• Don’t keep puppies, kittens or other young animals outside in winter as they have not yet built up a resistance to the cold.

• As far as possible, keep them indoors in a warm environment.

• Add a little extra food to your pet’s daily ration.

• Continue exercising your animals – don’t stop because of the weather.

• Don’t forget to protect your pets against fleas and ticks!

• If your dog has a short coat and is kept outside, provide him/her with a jacket for warmth.

• If you’ll be using a heater, ensure it is placed out of reach of your pets.

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 causes suffering 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 at 021 700 4158/59 or after hours at 083 326 1604 for advice on how to erect a running chain.

SPCA braces for winter – needs donations

The SPCA is appealing to the public to make donations so they can adequately prepare for the coming winter.

During winter, SPCA staff and inspectors will be kept busy with thousands of abandoned, abused and stranded 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.

Donations can be dropped off at the SPCA premises outside Polokwane or call 015 291 1088 to make arrangements.

A map to the SPCA’s new location.

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