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Thinking of getting a fish tank?

Aquariums containing live plants and animals can be incredibly beautiful and many people find great joy in watching and caring for their tanks. Although tempting, one should never simply walk into a pet store, pick a couple of pretty fish ...

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Training your cockatiel

It’s not hard to train your bird to do simple commands, such as stepping onto your hand when asked, and it doesn’t take a lot of extra time or effort – just consistency, patience and a little understanding. Start young ...

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Elephants forced to perform tricks at Johannesburg Zoo

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) is appalled at the way in which the elephants at the Johannesburg Zoo have been exploited on what is World Elephant Day – a day to celebrate elephants, but this simply isn’t the case ...

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WODAC Pet Expo 2019

We’re counting the days to this year’s WODAC Pet Expo at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, from 19 to 21 July. Claimed to be Africa’s largest pet event, the organisers promised a weekend filled with everything pet related. The annual ...

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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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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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