January to August 2019
It’s been a busy year so far! And, now that the weather will be warming up soon, we’re gearing up for sterithons and outreaches. Follow us on Facebook for regular updates and photos.
47 animals adopted
We’re so glad that 47 FAWbies have found their forever homes and say a big thank you to those who adopted! Some of them are long-timers and that makes it even more special. Check out our ADOPTED album on Facebook – and please share the ones we still have that are so deserving of great homes.
We currently have 18 dogs left at the shelter and a handful in foster care (not because there aren’t more dogs but because we don’t have any more fosters!)
579 sick and injured
The most common injuries we see are caused by:
- Car accidents – which usually result in broken limbs and scrapes.
- Dog attacks – causing bite wounds, abscesses, and trauma – these can be fights between dogs on the same property, territorial dogs on the streets, or even people setting their dogs on others for ‘entertainment’. The dogs most involved are, more often than not, unneutered males.
- Humans – it is sadly common to treat dogs with burn injuries from having boiling water thrown on them (often to separate fighting or mating dogs) or dogs that have been hit or kicked.
The most common illnesses we deal with include:
- Tick bite fever (bilary and erlichiosis)
- Stomach upsets, whether caused by food or a bug
- Canine parvovirus, especially in puppies
- Skin conditions, especially mange and flea allergies
- Poisoning, both deliberate (so people can break into the house) or accidental (for example, eating a poisoned rat)
We aim to treat most of these in our clinic on site. Having our own clinic has made the world of difference in the speed with which we can help the animals AND the costs! Now only really severe cases, animals needing xrays/scans and those needing constant supervision and bandage changes need to go to the vet in Durbanville.
Sterilisation is our number one priority because the root cause of animal neglect is animal overpopulation.
Dogs generally go into season from around 6 months old (cats at around 4 months) and can get pregnant during their first season. They are pregnant for around 2 months.
Imagine a dog in front of you. She has 2 puppies.
8 – 10 months later, each of those puppies have 2 puppies
8 – 10 months later, each of their 2 puppies have 2 puppies. Now you have 14 new dogs in 2 years.
Most dogs will have 2 litters per year (cats, 2 – 3). And they can have puppies from different fathers in one litter. This is not pleasant for the mommy dogs. It also puts all those babies at risk of neglect, abuse, and suffering.
NOW imagine a hundred dogs in front of you… That’s 140 dogs! In 2 years. The areas we serve combined have dogs and cats numbering in the thousands. We regularly come across dogs with litters of 8, 10, 12 or more.
FACT: There simply aren’t enough good, loving homes for that many animals. And THAT is why sterilisation is so important. So, thank you for your donations which are used to spay and neuter!
FAW Bank Account
Nedbank Cheque Account
Account Name: Fisantekraal Animal Welfare
Account number: 1039 094 171
Branch code: 10 39 10 (Tygervalley)