News Release

Local businesses support sterilisation outreach project

The plight of strays is heart-rending, as these defenceless animals are left to fend for themselves, often starving and sick, in ever-more hostile environments. In few places in South Africa is the problem as evident as in the poverty-stricken community of Olievenhoutbosch, a township situated behind Midrand and Centurion. Plagued by extremely high levels of unemployment and poor education, Olievenhoutbosch is in close proximity to a large number of agricultural small holdings, home to large numbers of unsterilised marauding dogs. The dogs are owned primarily by farm workers, although a fair number are owned by impoverished landowners.

Taking action to alleviate the suffering of these animals, the Society for the Upliftment of People and Animals (SUPA) – a project based animal and people related welfare organisation based in Centurion – in conjunction with Fourways Equine Clinic, an internationally renowned and respected equine veterinary practice in Midrand, recently hosted a community outreach project just outside Olievenhoutbosch, where a definite need for the spaying and neutering of the indigent animals has arisen.
Sterilisation is the most humane and effective method of controlling the stray animal population. Since sterilisation prevents further breeding, it contributes to reducing the number of stray animals over time, as well as the aggressive and violent behaviour often associated with these desperate creatures.

“The primary objective for this outreach is sterilisation, although minor medical assistance was also provided to the animals of the local communities,” says Marizda Kruger, Chairperson and Project coordinator SUPA.

The outreach was made possible through sponsorship from local business as well as private individuals. Paws Resort Kennels and Cattery in Bridle Park, Midrand, kindly donated the use of their facilities, where highly qualified veterinarians including Dr Barnard and Dr Odendaal of Fourways Equine Clinic, part of the Equine Care Hospital (Equicare) in Midrand, performed surgery simultaneously. Dr. Roy Page from Paws Resort assisted with a few sterilisations, while veterinary nurse Malaika Loschke, assisted with anaesthetising patients.
Merial South Africa, animal health company and manufacturers of the proven tick and flea product FRONTLINE® Plus, contributed with donation support of an anaesthetic drug, that was used during the sterilisations. “The contribution that Merial made towards this outreach was truly amazing,” concludes Kruger. “Without Merial’s assistance and those of the other pharmaceutical companies that contributed, this outreach would not have been possible. During this one-day outreach, 26 dogs and 1 cat were successfully sterilised. The impact of this over a two- year period could mean a reduction of 1 664 unwanted animals in the stray population.”
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