All the contacts and info you need on fireworks night

 

With so many posts telling you who to call when animals run off due to fireworks/thunder, we decided to collect them and put them in ONE place – much easier.

The major animal welfares with shelters – this is where most strays end up. 

  • Cape of Good Hope SPCA: 021 700 4140 or 083 326 1604
  • AACL Epping 2: 021 534 6426
  • AACL Bellville South: 021 951 3010
  • Animal Welfare Society Philippi: 021 692 2626 or 082 601 1761

FACEBOOK PAGES FOR STRAYS/LOST ANIMALS in Cape Town

There are MANY more lost-and-found groups and pages on Facebook popping up all the time so, if you don’t see a group for your area here, please check. Remember to post on your neighbourhood groups too!

EMERGENCY 24-HOUR VETS CAPE TOWN

  • Tygerberg Animal Hospital Bellville – 1 Kontiki Avenue, Glen Ive, near Stodels –  021 919 1191
  • Panorama Veterinary Clinic – 1 Uys Krige Drive, Panorama –  021 930-6632
  • Cape Animal Medical Centre – 78 Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth –  021 674 0034
  • Belmont Road Veterinary Clinic – 16 Belmont Road, Rondebosch – 021 685 7750

LEGAL

Law Enforcement: 021 596 1999

Metro Police: 0860-POLICE (765 423)

South African Police Service (SAPS) on 10111

(If you have any information relating to the illegal sale or use of fireworks please report the information to the Metro Police call centre or SAPS.)

ADVICE TO PROTECT YOUR PET

Keep your pet indoors! Make sure that they cannot get out anywhere. Panicked pets bolt, dig their way under fences, scale over walls, etc. and can be severely injured or lost forever. Remember to ensure that they have food, water, and a place to ‘toilet’. Please don’t leave them in the yard all alone thinking that it won’t happen to you – it can and it does. Be the hero your dog thinks you are!

Collar and tag. If your pet doesn’t have a collar and tag, sort this out now. Even if you have to get one of those plastic ‘key ring’ jobbies. Make sure cats have a proper cat collar that won’t strangle them if they flee for safety into a tree.

Microchip. If your pet is microchipped, make sure it is registered – too often, we see found pets with a chip but the chip has not been registered, thus rendering it as good as useless. Pop in at any veterinary practice – the reception staff should be able to scan your pet in a few minutes to make sure. If your pet is not chipped yet, check in your area for microchipping services – all veterinary practices offer this as well as many animal welfares. It usually costs under R250.

Stay calm and do not fuss over them if they are freaking out. Animals interpret high-pitched voices as unsettling or a signal that you are afraid. Act exactly as you normally would around them. 

Keep the TV or radio on and/or use a fan for white noise. This helps to disguise fireworks or thunder noises and creates a familiar feeling. 

Create a safe space. Prepare a cosy spot for them, preferably where you usually spend time, such as the TV room. Provide a ‘den’, such as a cat igloo, covered crate, or even a blanket fort (cover chairs with blankets). Cats may prefer to be higher up. 

Keep them away from windows and draw the curtains. Noise is louder near windows, and the flashing lights can add to their panic. 

Exercise your dog earlier in the day. This works off excess energy while ensuring that they are safely indoors before the noise begins. 

Get cats inside early. Remember to provide a liter tray and close even the smallest windows. 

Make a ‘thunder vest’ for scared animals – but get them used to it now in a calm, happy environment so they know to associate it with good things.

ADVICE FOR ANIMAL LOVERS WHO MAY SEE SCARED ANIMALS

  • Put a towel and leash in your car in case you need to catch a scared animal. You can use the towel to cover the animal, which helps to protect you from being bitten and calms the animal, plus it will make it easier to pick them up if they are injured. 
  • Be careful! Scared animals may bite; don’t put yourself in danger.
  • Have a camera/phone with camera on hand to take a picture and post it to Facebook if you see or find a stray.
  • Prepare a spot in your garage or bathroom for a stray in need. 

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