Author Archives: Mientjie Kleinhans

1000 Paws Walk for SPCA

The 1000 Paws Walk for SPCA is an annual event that has proven to be the largest single fundraising event for the three participating branches of the SPCA, namely the Pietermaritzburg, Umngeni-Howick, and Mooi River & District SPCA branches. This ...

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Choosing the ideal breed dog

We all have different personalities, and dogs also have character traits that make them special. To ensure that you are happy with your new furry friend and that you will be compatible, find a breed that will suit your lifestyle ...

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Prevent resource guarding video

It is a natural behaviour for dogs to be a bit possessive of their stuff. If they were still living in the wild, they would need to protect their main resource, namely food, in order to survive. Resource guarding can ...

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4 Rabies facts you should know

Rabies is caused by a virus and affects all mammals. The World Health Organisation estimates that the disease claims around 60,000 human lives annually, with close to 95% of these deaths occurring in Africa and Asia. Rabies is found on ...

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IFAW unveils a bold new brand and website

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) — a global animal welfare and conservation non-profit organisation — unveils its bold new brand, including a new logo and website. These changes come at a critical moment when awareness and action, from both ...

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Caring for a deaf cat – 4 tips

Just like people with disabilities deserve the best life they can get, so do our pets. Most people will look for a healthy, happy kitten when getting their new cat, and that is fine. Some people, however, will take on ...

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Vampire bats – what you want to know

A creature of legend thanks to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the common vampire bat is feared and disliked by many. However, they are interesting animals, and not quite as evil as many might think! Is the bad reputation deserved? Not at ...

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Teach your dog to lie down video

Now that you and your puppy have mastered the sit, it’s time to teach him how to lie down on your cue. This is a basic exercise, already taught in puppy school, but it can be a bit of a ...

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Should my dog sleep indoors when it’s cold?

The temperatures are cooling down as we approach winter. While you are snuggled warmly and cozy inside, where is your dog? If you wonder whether he should be inside or outside in the cold – consider these 10 points: Consider ...

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Captive lions in appalling conditions

Inspectors from the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) wildlife protection unit obtained a warrant after receiving a complaint regarding lions that were in a shocking condition in the North West Province. Upon arrival, the inspectors were horrified to find two ...

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Kriel SPCA closure update

On the question of what will happen to the animals in the Kriel SPCA when it closes its doors, the NSPCA’s society liaison unit manager, Jaco Pieterse, assures us that the animals are being taken care of. “The animals were ...

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Kriel SPCA closes its doors

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) confirmed the closure of another SPCA due to lack of community support. In March 2019, the NSPCA held a Special General Meeting to determine the future of the Kriel SPCA. The meeting was poorly ...

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