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FACT: Over a period of six years, a pair of dogs and their offspring can produce up to 67,000 puppies.
FACT: Over a period of seven years as pair of cats and their offspring can produce up to 420,000 kittens
Help us Sterilize
It’s not rocket science – to improve the quality of lives of dogs and cats, we need do everything possible to prevent overbreeding.
Two years ago, with this objective in mind, St Francis Animal Rescue launched a sterilization campaign driven by the theme of, ‘Open Your Eyes & Sterilize’.
Volunteers use every opportunity to persuade dog and cat owners in the informal settlement to spay and neuter their pets to reduce puppy and kitten populations and prevent the cruelty and neglect that stems from constant overbreeding.
Each year, working in collaboration with dedicated local vets – Dr Nerine Botha from Aloe Vet, St Francis Bay and Dr Annelise Barker from Humansdorp Vets – St Francis Animal Rescue sterilizes upwards of two hundred dogs and sixty or so cats, many of these feral.
As awareness of our program grows, so numbers of sterilized animals continue to escalate.
Reasons to encourage pet owners to sterilize cats and dogs include:
- A healthier, longer life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer which can be fatal in 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. Neutering prevents testicular cancer in male dogs and cats.
- Spayed females never have a heat – and male dogs won’t roam away from home, seeking a mate, or engaging in fights with other males.
- Neutered dogs and cats are better behaved and less aggressive than those who have not been sterilized.
- Sterilization does not make your pet overweight – lack of exercise and too much food will do that.
- The cost of spaying or neutering your pet is far less than the cost of caring for a litter of pups and kittens.
- Allowing dogs or cats to have puppies and kittens that cannot be kept only results in more and more dogs ending up in animal shelters
- Each year, thousands upon thousands of unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized at shelters country-wide. The more pets sterilized, the fewer dogs and cats will have to be put to sleep.
Help St Francis Animal Rescue stop the cycle!
St Francis Animal Rescue is a registered Non Profit Organisation (NPO)
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