By Dr Sanissha Venkatrathnam & Dr Louween Edwardes
With the help of members of the public and private veterinary practices, Durban South CVC was able to spay and neuter a number of feral cat populations. Our work stretches to local households based in Pietermaritzburg and the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands that qualify, offering these pets basic veterinary treatment and care. At this particular rural CVC, we planned to treat some 60 animals. To our surprise we treated 200 animals! Each animal received vaccinations, dewormer, Frontline tick and flea control, and treatment for those animals that presented with skin conditions and minor ailments. Other areas covered by the Durban South CVC include Pinetown, Chatsworth, Malagazi and Ambo.
Fundraising for the Durban South CVC was initially challenging. As one would know, running a clinic of such nature requires fundraising as well as voluntary assistance from members of the veterinary faculty. Once these two hurdles were overcome, our clinic gained momentum.
Once our Paw Print campaign was launched at private veterinary practices, many pet owners were thrilled to have their dogs’ names displayed on practice walls. During Christmas we launched a “Bauble” drive where baubles with pets’ names were printed and hung on Christmas trees at private veterinary practices.