Spay and neuter helps reduce animal neglect and abuse

 

If you look at a grain of sand, each one is amazing. If sand was as rare as diamonds, we would probably cherish it. But, instead, we walk all over it, throw it away, dump garbage in it, and never give it a second thought.

Likewise, when there are so many companion animals around due to uncontrolled breeding, it’s so much easier for people to be careless with them, walk all over them, mistreat them, neglect them, chuck them away… After all, another will come along in a minute – they’re nothing special, just one of many. (Of course, if you’re reading this, you probably agree with us that each one most definitely is special and worthy of care.)

In our experience, most animal neglect and abuse is perpetrated, not by actual psychopaths who enjoy abusing others, but by people who don’t care, don’t know, can’t cope, or just don’t have the capacity, be it physically, financially, or emotionally, to do what is needed to offer a good life to their pets. The million daily hurts and neglects continue because there are so many animals that people take them for granted.

Getting the indiscriminate breeding and overpopulation of these animals under control is the best way to reduce animal neglect and abuse. If they aren’t born into the bad situation in the first place, they will never suffer AND the ones that are there already can be cared for better because resources aren’t spread so thinly. As for the few psychos who deliberately go out to hurt animals, it becomes much harder for them to get their hands on one if they’re not breeding out of control.

There are two ways to deal with this: education of animal owners as to the benefits of sterilisation, and sterilisation (spay/neuter) of the animals themselves.

Unfortunately, this is expensive surgery and out of financial reach of many, plus a lot of people in South Africa don’t have access to a veterinarian or transport to get to one. Animal welfares are stretched extremely thin so we encourage those who have access to private veterinary care to save up and have their pets sterilised. This lifts some of the weight off the welfares that can then help animals who live in places where there are no veterinary options.

Although we can’t help the whole country, we aim to educate far and wide, and to use our funds to sterilise the animals belonging to people in our areas of operation – Fisantekraal, Greenville, Klipheuwel, Morning Star Durbanville, and surrounding farms – who can’t afford it. Bear in mind that, even though we’re sticking to one area, the animals themselves do not. People often give or sell animals to other areas, so keeping the breeding in our area under control has a ripple effect outside. If each area’s animal welfares works towards this goal, things will change all over the country.

You can help to improve the future lives of animals in impoverished areas by donating towards animal sterilisation and lobbying your local government to make funds available for mass sterilisation initiatives. It’s the only way to make a real, lasting difference AND save thousands of animals from fates worse than death.

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