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Wellington DBV/SPCA

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Email: info@wellingtonspca.co.za        Kantoor Bestuurder : Colleen McQueen    Telnr: 021-8643726    

 Faksnr. 0867303046   Adres: InterpaceStraat, Wellington ,7655     N/ure   : 0829059184


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"The Underdog Project" - Leon Gous het die paaie van die Wes-Kaap asook so ver as Beaufort-Wes en Oudtshoorn aangedurf op sy motorfiets om die mense bewus te maak van die nood van ons 4-been vriende asook die mense wat met hulle werk. Hy het op Sondag 25 November 2012 ons plaaslike DBV besoek as deel van sy reisplan. Sy reis strek oor 6 dae en 3000km en hy besoek 16 dierewelsyns organisasies in die 6 dae. Baie dankie Leon vir die wonderlike werk wat jy doen!    Dankie Sanet

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Taking care of your pets when you go on holiday

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Cat & DogThe end of the year is upon us and many people use this time to go away on holiday. It’s all good and well that you go away for a couple of weeks but have you made the necessary arrangements to make sure that your pets are properly cared for while you are away? You won’t leave your children unattended at home without caring for them, why should your animals be any different?

To make sure your pets get the care they deserve, here are a few things to consider.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Ghandi

 Boarding Facilities

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 Big Dog and Little DogIf you want to put your dog in a boarding facility or kennel while you’re away there are few things you should keep in mind and be on the lookout for:

*             Don’t leave it too late. These facilities are often booked up months in advance.

*             Take your pet to the vet to make sure their vaccinations are up to date. Also make sure you’ve given them their flea and de-worming treatments.

*             When considering boarding facilities, go for an unannounced inspection beforehand. Make sure the kennels are clean, offer safety from other animals, are secure and sheltered from the elements. Also make sure that there is enough staff to look after your pets and that a regular check-up is done to ensure that they are comfortable and safe. Regular exercise is also something that should be considered.

*             When booking your pet in, make sure that the facility is aware of any special requirements your pet may have and that they are able to cater to them.

*             Leave your vets details in case they need to be contacted or visited in the event of an emergency and inform your vet of the arrangement.

 Pet Sitter

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 If you don’t feel comfortable leaving your pet at a boarding facility with strange animals, then a good alternative is to get a pet sitter that will come and stay with your pets or look in on them a couple of times a day.

This can be a costly option, but don’t be tempted to simply pay your next door neighbour’s teenager to look after your pet. If they haven’t looked after a pet before, they might not be able to give the required attention and care your pet had become accustomed to and might end up neglecting your animal therefore doing more harm than good.

“Until one has loved an animal,  a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” - Anatole France

The same precautions must be made as if you were to leave your pet at a boarding kennel. It is also a good idea to ask for a few references. It is advisable that the pet sitter visits your home before you leave, in order for you to see the way your pets react to him or her.

Taking your Pet on Holiday

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Man and Dog FishingThere are many pet friendly accommodation options available. This sounds like the ideal solution to your problem, but not all pets enjoy travelling and it can cause them a great deal of stress. If this is the option you want to take, please take the following into consideration:

*             If you are staying at a hotel or resort, double check in advance that they do allow pets.

*             Take your pet on a short road trip before your holiday, to see how they react in the vehicle and to make sure they do not get car sick. If your pet does get motion sickness, quite a few remedies are available, even homeopathic drops. You can also ask your vet to prescribe medication that can keep your pet calm or in extreme cases, have a sedative effect.

*             When you are travelling, make sure to stop regularly, so that your pet can have a bit a walk about, drink water etc. This is not only good for the pet, but the driver too.

*             If your pet does tend to distract the driver, travel cases are available for your pet to stay in for the duration of the trip.

*             If you are flying domestically, your pet will have to be transported in a carrier. If it is an international flight, please check well in advance what the requirements are. You might need a special permit or your pet will have to be quarantined before or after the flight.

Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms – George Eliot

Giving a Pet as a Christmas Gift

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Dog as PresentPets are not just Christmas presents and require a lifelong commitment.

The same care must be taken as if a human were to choose a life partner or decide to have children.

If you are getting a pet for your child, make sure that your child is ready for the responsibility of looking after the animal and that they won’t just be amused for a while and then lose interest.

Here are a few crucial aspects to take into consideration when getting a pet for yourself or someone else.

 *             Assess the home environment. Is there enough space for the size pet you want to get?

*             Assess your lifestyle. It’s not practical to get a puppy if there is no one to look after it full time. You’ve only got yourself to blame if you leave a puppy on its own and your favourite carpet is in shreds when you get back.

*             Group of PetsIs the prospective owner very active? Let your choice of pet suite the owner’s personality and activities. If the person is a homebody that does not enjoy going for walks, rather consider a cat or smaller pet that does not need daily exercise.

*             When considering where to get your desired pet, always make sure it is from a reliable source. NEVER buy stray or sickly animals. You don’t want to get attached to your new furry friend, just having to return them due to illness or the pet belonging to someone else. If you want a pedigree animal, make sure you get the registration certificate. Also make sure that the breeder’s premises are clean, illness free and the animals are bred in a safe & humane environment.

*             NEVER, EVER buy on impulse!

*             With so many stray and unwanted animals around, please consider adopting a pet from one of the many pet rescue organizations. These organizations are doing a brilliant job as volunteers and they have a great variety of beautiful and loveable animals just waiting for someone to take care of them. Please support them.

*             Maybe you can first foster an animal to determine whether your family is ready for a pet.

Our pets love us unconditionally and in many cases we are all that they know.

All they ask in return is that we treat them properly, feed them, walk them and love them.

If for some reason we cannot do that, it’s our responsibility to make the best arrangements possible for someone else to do so.

An unknown author once said:

My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.

Don’t let them down!