A total of 24 dogs and cats were sterilised in the first spayathon of the year, which was recently held by Fisantekraal Animal Welfare (Faw) in Fisantekraal.
“We plan another one for the end of the month and then – as long as there are no more lockdowns – plenty more this year to try and get more needy animals sterilised,” says Jenni Davies, spokesperson for Faw.
Among the hustle and bustle of activities and volunteers assisting, was Bullet, a local dog that “has appointed himself as supervisor and just comes to give moral support to other animals”, says Davies.
“Bullet just turns up and has done since he was a pup. There are a few dogs that visit the clinic regularly but Bullet was the first and is the one that is always there, without fail, reporting for ‘duty’!” she says.
In 2020, Faw did 527 sterilisations, which was less than originally planned due to lockdown.
“We’re aiming for 600 animals this year. Sterilisation of the animals is our main aim because it’s the best way to really reduce neglect and suffering caused by animal overpopulation,” Davies says.
According to her, the nationwide lockdown took its toll on the animals in Fisantekraal.
“Since lockdown, we’re seeing many more very thin animals, and more and more people come to us to ask for food for their animals because they have lost their jobs. So the need to reduce the overpopulation problem with dogs and cats has become even more pressing now that people are struggling so much to just feed the ones they have,” she says.
Added to that, donations of funds and even food have plummeted. “So have our adoptions, because the general public just cannot afford to help, and we sit with a big problem that we’re trying hard to solve. We are only a small handful of volunteers,” she says.
Faw has a sterilisation fund and is always in need of donations, she says.
“It costs thousands to do one of these spayathon days. The helpers are volunteers, but, although we sometimes have volunteer vets or vets doing their compulsory community service year, they still do need to be paid for their time and expertise. Anaesthetic, oxygen, equipment, medication, syringes and sutures are expensive. People can donate to this fund if they’d like to help solve the very serious problem of dog and cat overpopulation in Fisantekraal, Greenville, Klipheuwel and Morningstar,” Davies says.
“We can only help in our area as we’re a very small organisation run by volunteers without a permanent vet on duty. If people are in need of help for their animals and can’t afford private vet rates, they need to contact the Animal Anti-Cruelty League or SPCA for assistance,” she says.
Faw is appealing for volunteers – not just to help with spayathons, but also with fundraising, organising events, social media, running a market stall, taking photos and videos of the work done, as well as fostering animals as Faw does not have a shelter. They are also looking for donations of pet carriers.
- Contact Faw on 062 258 3547 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to assist.