Paws for Thought, with Caroline Smith

Posted on 2020-09-11 07:53:13


When you love animals, as my staff and I do, you know that it’s not good for them to live in cages for weeks on end. But, during the first 9 weeks of lockdown when adoptions were not possible, we had no choice but to keep animals for protracted periods.

While some dogs tolerate the enforced inactivity fairly well, others suffer from deep depression, or become aggressive. We had to work hard to combat behavioural problems and manage occupancy levels.

My heart aches for the many dogs and cats that had to wait so long before going to their forever homes. And even more for the ones that couldn’t be saved. But, with the lifting of restrictions at Level 3, we were finally allowed to offer animals for adoption by appointment, ensuring that strict health and safety protocols were followed.

Imagine our joy when Bella, who became our poster ‘lockdown dog’, finally went home with her new ‘dad’ at the beginning of July after spending more than 100 days at our SPCA. Watching her say goodbye to Thabani Sjendu (pictured above), who cared for her throughout her time here, brought a lump to our throats. We wish Bella and her new owner many, many happy years together.

Thank you to all who waited until our adoption department reopened – not only for your patience, but for choosing to give a shelter animal a second chance of a happy life, rather than buying from pet shops or breeders.

Sincere thanks also to our Management Committee and Trustees for their unwavering support throughout this difficult time.

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