Your help please — save Ndumbi dogs from more abuse…
In many rural areas of Africa, including South Africa, domestic dogs are often treated with appalling brutality.
A particular small village near Ndumbi, in Eastern Cape, South Africa, came to the attention of a veterinary practice over 1000 km miles away after a plea on Facebook by a local resident in the nearby town. Dogs, both male and female, are being mutilated by their owners in a bid to stop them mating.
The villagers, out of sheer ignorance and desperation, reportedly take burning coals and press them to the female’s genitals when she comes on heat to discourage her from mating and the males suffer just as badly. They are caught, held down and have their testicles hacked off, without anaesthetic.
Most of them are so badly abused that they run away to die alone and in pain in the bush somewhere, hiding from even kindly helping hands.
This dreadful state of affairs, as reported by Sharon Struckmeyer, from Ndumbi in the Eastern Cape, South Africa came to the attention of the Hermanus Animal Hospital veterinarians in the Western Cape (over a thousand kilometres away) who are determined to do something about it.
Funds are being raised to help the animals with a spayathon and educate the villagers at the same time, such as the amazing and heartwarming results achieved by The Transkei Animal Welfare Initiative (TAWI) in the Eastern Cape’s former Transkei.
Heading the Hermanus veterinary team is Dr Sandy Waddingham who has initiated outreach projects in many areas around Hermanus and even as far afield as the Seychelles, in an attempt to educate animal owners but also specifically to aid the animals, by spaying, de-worming and neutering them.
A Spayathon at Ndumbi is being organised for the first week in August and a team of six, comprising two veterinarians, one veterinary nurse and three assistants will spend three days at Ndumbi. According to Dr, Waddingham, each vet will be able to spay about 35 dogs a day making a total of 210 in the three days they are there. That does not include the number of male dogs that will be humanely neutered or the animals that will be de-wormed. The team is even prepared to treat cattle.
According to Mrs Struckmeyer, the Mthatha State Veterinary Services have not visited the area for years as there are no funds available to vaccinate against rabies and other diseases. She pays for some drugs and dog food out of her own pocket because she can’t bear to see the animals starving or puppies with worms coming out of their noses.
Accommodation has been sponsored for the Spayathon by residents in Ndumbi and the medical expertise comes from the Hermanus Animal Hospital but the most important aspect of the visit is to have enough of the correct drugs. At least R20 000 needs to be raised urgently says Dr Waddingham.
In doing the Spay-a-thon, Dr Waddingham hopes to encourage other veterinary practices to follow suit and reach out to rural South Africa. While they are there they hope to visit the school to enlighten children on how to care for animals and to understand that dogs, cats and cattle are sentient beings that suffer cruelly at the hands of the very people who should be caring for them.
She hopes to make the outreaches regular so that eventually the living conditions of these animals will improve dramatically.
Many of the owners leave the animals to their own fate when they go to the Western Cape to find work so it is important to educate people in these rural areas as well as in Hermanus and other towns and cities in the Western Cape.
Donations are most gratefully received and for those in South Africa, the EFT transfer banking details are as follows:
Reference: Transkei RMR
Account name: Hermanus Overberg CVC
FNB: 624 8200 95 13
Branch no: 200412
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