Excerpt from article written by
CEO Cape of Good Hope SPCA
The acquisition of a pet
should never be governed exclusively by one’s emotions but rather by informed
decision and carefully considered choice.
Impulse decisions rarely
work when it comes to deciding whether or not to acquire an animal and can be
the starting point of a cycle of cruelty and abuse for a future unwanted
kitten or puppy as the novelty usually does not take long to wear off and the
costs of proper care become too apparent very quickly.
Animals are for life and
should never be given as surprise presents.
We admit so many unwanted
animals on a daily basis and many of these have side- of-the- road origins –
making them true pavement specials.
Sadly many of them are from
compromised adult parentage that may best be crudely described as puppy
machines and many of them are taken away from their mothers at far too young
an age leaving them vulnerable to all sorts of illness and disease.
Hardly any of them are
vaccinated leaving them as carriers or sufferers of any number of potentially
fatal, highly contagious diseases like Parvo Virus or Canine Cerebral
No matter how guilty these
road side sellers make you feel (and their crude marketing tactics work) or
how “sorry” you feel for the kitten or puppy please do not support this evil
trade as you are then contributing to the problem as your act of kindness
will quickly be converted into an act of cruelty as you would have
incentivized these callous vendors to continue backyard breeding. Instead, call your local SPCA or law
enforcement officials who will respond as it is an offence to sell cats and
dogs on the side of the road.
Very often these animals
are left exposed to the elements without access to food, water or shelter and
suffer terribly as a consequence making it imperative for the SPCA to respond
as quickly as possible as very often the vendor has a ready supply stuffed
into unventilated cardboard boxes or black bin bags hidden from sight ready
to sell to the next unsuspecting animal lover.
Our job is not to deny
anyone an opportunity to earn an honest living or to prevent them from
acquiring a pet. In this case it’s to
put an end to an evil trade and in the process prevent cruelty to animals.
You are never going to get
a bargain from these vendors. What you
are likely to get is a broken-heart and a diminished bank balance.
You would be so much better
off adopting a pet from the SPCA. All
animals are sterilized, vaccinated and de-wormed prior to going home and for
a few hundred rand you most certainly will be getting a great deal and can
rest assured that your act of kindness will be appreciated by the animal that
you have rescued and given a 2nd chance.
Join the growing list of
local and even international celebrities that have chosen to adopt a pet from
their local animal shelter and know that it’s cool to adopt a shelter animal.
Most of all, you will be
spoilt for choice!