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Rotary Club, SPCA and the State Vet held a Spay Day in Port Alfred

Apr 1, 2019
Rotary Club, SPCA and the State Vet held a Spay Day in Port Alfred

Animals were de-wormed, inoculated, sterilised and given antibiotics at Port Alfred Spay Day

Port Alfred - The Rotary Club of Port Alfred, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), the State Vet, joined hands on Friday for a Spay Day that was held in Port Alfred.

"It was the Rotary Club of Port Alfred’s initiative to make contact with the State Vet in Grahamstown to see whether we would be able, with their assistance, to host a mass sterilisation of animals in the local community of Nemato and surrounding areas in our town," said Ray Oliver, President of the Rotary Club of Port Alfred.

He said that Dr Gabriel Mutero, of the State Veterinary Services, was most receptive to our request and asked Dr Brendan Cole, currently serving his Compulsory Community Service year, to follow up on this initiative.

"Meetings were held at our local Ndlambe SPCA and they were keen to become involved in this project and offered their premises as the base," Cole said.

"They put the word out to the local community and accepted animals the day before in order to have animals labelled and weighed.

"Each animal was de-wormed and inoculated, sterilised and given antibiotics and analgesics for a cost of R100 per animal."

Port Alfred Spay Day a resounding success

Early on Friday, a total of seven vets, half doing their CCS year and travelling from as far as Kieskammahoek, Peddie and Stutterheim, and other vets, who gave freely of their time, arrived before 8am to begin work.

"There was a very organised flow with animals being anaesthetised, shaved and taken to next available vet. Once the operations were completed, the animals were brought to the ‘recovery room’ where Rotary volunteers ensured that they made a good recovery under the supervision of Dr Brendan Cole and the competent staff at the SPCA," Oliver said.

"Thanks to the Rosehill Spar and the Rotarians of Port Alfred for the sponsorship of refreshments which kept everyone involved fed and watered throughout the day.

"In total we sterilised 48 animals. Everyone felt that we had achieved something very meaningful for our community and the Rotary Club of Port Alfred wishes to thank everyone who took part in the day."

Main Image: Rotary's Sterilization Day at the SPCA - left to right, Forbes Coutts of SPCA; Dr Gabriel Muteru Chief State Veterinarian from Grahamtown and  Rotary President, Ray Oliver.

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