The Cape of Good Hope heeded the call of a community in need; they set off on a trip to the Northern Cape to assist a community with their animal welfare.
Calvinia, Northern Cape – The community of Calvinia saw a need to educate the people about animal welfare and care. To do this, they reached out to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA and asked them to visit and assist with an outreach programme.
“We were humbled to have been approached by the community of Calvinia in the Northern Cape which recognized the value the CoGH SPCA could bring to animal welfare needs in their area.
Our team heeded the call and on Monday the 3rd of June, CoGH CEO Moyo Ndukwana and colleagues set off on a three day outreach program to share valuable insights with the community.”
The team visited primary schools and saw a positive response from the 550 learners they engaged with. They performed a puppet show which was engaging and filled with helpful information for the children to understand.
“We were welcomed into the local primary schools and immediately saw the positive effects our Ani-Pals Education show had on the learners. Education Officers Lucille Boonzaier and Junior Ngculu provided over 550 children at Hantam Primary and Calvinia Primary with a comprehensive understanding of how to correctly care for and love all living creatures.”
Senior Inspector Alwyn Marais and CEO Moyo Ndukwana conducted knowledge sharing sessions with the Calvinia SAPS compromising of their K9 unit; Stock Theft Unit; Vispol; Crime Prevention Unit and Provincial Traffic.
The training was designed to equip the Calvinia SAPS with information regarding the latest developments in animal cruelty legislation, as well as a deeper understanding of how to identify and approach potential cases of animal abuse in their community.
Inspectors Carina Bodenstein and Elani Steenkamp conducted a community-wide check to assess the welfare needs of local pets. One hundred twenty-eight animals were dipped and subsequently signed up for an upcoming sterilisation drive which will help control the local animal population and assist with creating a healthier community for both pets and their owners. Local farmers were provided with practical advice on how to better the lives of their animals and taught why it is of critical importance to provide adequate shelter, food, fresh water and basic veterinary care to their animals.
“It was a truly inspiring experience to be invited to a community that is committed to improving the welfare of its animals. We thank all those involved for inviting the CoGH SPCA to be a part of this project and are hopeful that Calvinia will do its utmost to uplift the lives of its animals and be a shining example of a community that treats all living creatures with compassion and kindness.”