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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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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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Arrests made for capture and abuse of cheetahs

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) was appalled to hear about the two cheetahs that had been illegally captured, and severely compromised to the point that one of the cheetahs succumbed to death. On 3 March 2019, two suspects were ...

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A Papillon won the Crufts 2019 Best in Show title

Competing against 200 breeds and about 27,000 dogs, Dylan, the Papillion, won Best in Show at Crufts 2019 in England on Sunday, 10 March 2019. Also winner of the Toy group, Dylan was one of seven finalists in the four-day ...

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Scholarship in animal behaviour and welfare for African students

Three veterinarians or animal scientists from Africa who want to complete their masters in applied animal behaviour or animal welfare, can now apply for a scholarship at the University of Edinburgh. This grant is made available by the University and ...

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Parasites in pet birds

Yes, pet birds can get parasites. Among the more common and visible parasites are mites, lice, fleas and ticks. Poultry such as chickens are more prone to picking up these parasites as they typically come into close contact with wild ...

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NSPCA to take legal action against Johannesburg Zoo

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) was made aware that the Johannesburg Zoo is bringing in another elephant in the immediate future. This decision has been made following the death of one of their elephants, Kinkel, last year – leaving ...

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