From a post on the Harare SPCA Facebook page. Reproduced with permission.
In the short few hours we were open today we were bombarded with calls about cruelty and neglect. Our inspector responded to multiple calls for help from members of the public. Sick, emaciated , abused and abandoned dogs and feral cats were uplifted. As the inspector raced to attend to one call, a few more were phoned in. One vehicle, one inspector and very little fuel but still we managed.
Meanwhile at the hospital there was a steady flow of patients needing veterinary care. Puppies dying of parvo and distemper are a common daily concern. Bitches that are literally skin and bone and feeding large litters of puppies are a heartbreaking sight. Today 3 malnourished, surrendered puppies that had not responded to treatment and feeding began to show signs of the irreparable damage to their systems so we had to let them go to prevent any further suffering. We saw a pit bull cross pup with mutilated ears (literally hacked off). Pups separated from their mums too soon showed signs of emotional anxiety. Another suspect rabies case was uplifted. Owners were assisted and educated.
This work takes a huge emotional toll on the vets and staff. Compassion fatigue sets in. It’s difficult to go home at the end if the day and block it all out. Sleep does not come easily. The reality is that tomorrow will not be better than today.
Responsible pet ownership is the only way forward.
- Please vaccinate your pets.
- Spay and neuter your cats and dogs.
- Microchip your pets.
- Hold onto and care for your aging pets, they are not disposable items. On the contrary they are sentient beings that need you more as they grow older.
- Educate those around you on good pet ownership.
- Teach your children to be compassionate and kind.
- Report cruelty (all reports are kept anonymous.)
Make tomorrow a better day.
Harare SPCA Facebook page
Harare SPCA website