BY DR. PETER DAVE
The Kleinmond CVC is active in the Proteadorp and Mooiuitsig communities in the Overstrand area of the Western Cape. We work in partnership with the local Kleinmond Animal Welfare Society, KAWS, in providing primary healthcare to the local indigent animal population.
We run a weekly clinic on a Wednesday afternoon for an hour or two at the KAWS facility which is located on the border of Proteadorp. Here we vaccinate, deworm and talk to the owners who bring their pets to the clinic. The weekly clinic gives us the opportunity to engage with, educate and get to know the community. It is often the children who bring in the pet on behalf of the family. Although this sometimes presents challenges, it also provides us with an opportunity to talk to the children about their pets.
We have a solid partnership with KAWS and the continuity of the clinic has led to a sustained and positive relationship with the community. We do not do spayathons but rather sterilise and educate as we go. Together with KAWS, I have been actively involved in the local schools and aftercare centre promoting and educating the children about animal welfare. The support we receive from SAVA and the donations we receive from business and other parties help tremendously. While there are always challenges and giving of one’s time is a sacrifice, personally contributing in this way is extremely satisfying.
The pet population is a management issue as it is difficult to sterilise all the pets in the community. Setting up sustainable models to suit each particular situation, with as many resources as possible aimed at education and engagement with the community, is what is required going forward.
We need vaccines, deworming medications, tick and flea treatments for dogs and cats as well as materials and drugs used in the process of sterilising dogs and cats. Things like disposable needles, syringes, swabs, antiseptic soap, suture materials, scalpel blades, surgical gloves, disposable drapes and cotton wool would all come in useful.