Residents are requested to also think of the animals at the Hartbeespoort Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) shelter that still need your help durig the 21 days lockdown.
“We would like to reassure everyone that during this lockdown our animals will continue to receive the best care. Our kennel staff are based on the property and will continue to see to the needs of our animals. Please keep us and our animals in your thoughts and if at all possible consider a donation of either food or money. Our staff are committed and willing and we would like to be able pay them at the end of this,” says Linda Spencer-Coye, chairperson of HAWS.
When you go to the shop, buy some dog or cat food and place it in HAWS’ bin at Pick n Pay. Or make a donation to Account: HAWS, Standard Bank Acc No: 033183074.
“As much as we love animals the fight to save human lives is just as important to us and we will be strictly adhering to the requirements of this lockdown. Our clinic staff will be working reduced hours so as to be available for any sick or injured animals. Emergency numbers will be made available and the public will be asked to phone ahead should they need to bring an animal in so that we can limit the number of people arriving at the same time. We will ask that only one person bring the animal in. Owners of animals requiring hospitalisation will not be allowed to visit their animals in hospital. Social distancing is to be practised when on the property.”
HAWS will not be processing any adoptions during this time but will respond to animals in distress. “We will continue to respond to urgent complaints that threaten the lives and wellbeing of any animal.”
“We have received a number of offers to foster animals for the lockdown period. We thank you for thinking of our animals but will not be putting our animals into foster care. Emotionally it would be extremely hard on them to have to be returned after lockdown. We also believe that with a clinic on site we are best equipped to meet their needs. HAWS is a registered facility with the South African Veterinary Council as well as a registered Community Veterinary Clinic with the South African Veterinary Association and have taken the advice given to us by them and implemented accordingly.”
“We will for the period of this lockdown have no source of income. Please keep us and our animals in mind. Our bin will be checked at Pick n Pay regularly for food donations.
Take care be safe and enjoy this time with your fur family,” she says.
Lockdown clinic hours will be from 08:00 to 12:00 Monday to Friday.
Emergency numbers: 076 455 0322/083 313 0710/082 310 0873
Services may be provided to sick and injured animals. Please call before coming to the clinic.