The Holiday Season rush has officially begun. In October, the nursing staff from the Animal Welfare Society of SA dealt with 1 154 out-patients and in November they saw 998 out-patients.
AWS SA spokesperson, Allan Perrins said: “Our Hospital Team is seeing a lot more sick and injured patients (many suffering from preventable
diseases like Canine Distemper) and my trips to our busy consulting rooms have become more and more frequent as I am called to meet some of the patients and interview their owners.”
Between now and the end of January 2022, the shelter believes that these numbers will double. The irony of the situation is the more animals the Animal Welfare Society of SA saves the bigger the financial deficit.
Allan explains that this is due to most of their beneficiaries being indigent or unable to make a reasonable co-contribution as in the case of two young boys from Kampies Informal Settlement in Philippi who arrived with a neighbours sick puppy and a note from her elderly owner begging the shelter to please save her.
Allan had the privilege of observing Michelle Hennings attending to the puppy and dealing with the boys one of whom had to be asked to recuse himself as he wasn’t wearing a mask and appeared oblivious to the dangers of Covid-19.
The puppy (the boys never knew her name – so we’ll call her Siobhan) was given a comprehensive examination and treatment by Michelle who also ensured
that the boy went home with a mask to keep him safe.
“Michelle’s dedication and compassionate work ethic mirrors the rest of the team and Allan requests that you please add them to your Christmas Gift List so that they can focus on saving lives and bettering the lives of those who brighten ours”, says the Animal Welfare Society of SA.
To donate towards our patient care bills please click: https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/animalwelfaresocietyofsouthafrica.
Gifts in kind like pet food can be dropped off at their HQ in Papkuilsvlei Road Philippi or at Hart Nursery in Ottery, Starke Ayres Garden Centre in Rosebank, Little Orchard Nursery in Diep River or Forest Drive Veterinary Surgery in Pinelands.
“We look forward to keeping everyone updated on Siobhan’s progress”, the Animal Welfare Society of SA concluded.