KAP sani2c Diary Note
3 April 2017
Written by : Nick Tatham
Another successful sani2c spayathon
Jolivet – In keeping with the KAP sani2c’s ongoing involvement
with the communities that the three-day race moves through, the
race teamed up with Rural Animal Welfare for their third
successful ‘spayathon’ recently.
Many of the locals that have dogs are unable to afford to have
them vaccinated, neutered or spayed which is where the sani2c and
the Rural Animal Welfare organization come in to assist in
preventing the spread of disease as well keeping local dog and
cat numbers in check.
"This was the third sani2c sponsored spayathon. Together with
Rural Animal Welfare, local vets, young community service vets
and volunteers 78 dogs were sterilised and just over 250 animals
vaccinated," mentioned Mandy Haw.
"We had our biggest team of vets this year and the interest in
this great cause is growing hugely.”
The local communities have benefitted greatly from this
initiative and along with operations and injections the locals
are able to learn more about treatment of the dogs and how to
keep their pets healthy.
With the initiative having turned one year old in March, the
impact that these ‘spayathons’ are having on the local
communities and their pets is vital in preventing the spread of
disease and the incidence of abandoned animals.
“In March 2016, sani2c funded the first animal sterilisation and
vaccination weekend held at Jolivet,” said Haw.
“Since then there have been a further two, one in the Umkomaas
Valley in September 2016 and another at Jolivet in March 2017.
“Together with Rural Animal Welfare (an organisation started by
Ixopo/Highflats locals Sally Hayter and Glynnis Shewan) and local
vets, 217 animals have been sterilised and 722 dogs inoculated
and treated throughout this initiative with sani2c.
“The positive impact on both the people and the animals in the
rural communities along the sani2c route is enormous and sani2c
wishes to continue its partnership with Rural Animal Welfare in
the months and years to come,” Haw added.
Local vet Lauren Williams has been involved in all three of the
spayathon’s that have taken place in the last year and she feels
that it is vital that the local communities continue to
understand why these sorts of events are so important to their
“We don’t teach the local communities about how to look after
their animals but we want them to see how we handle and treat the
dogs,” she highlighted.
“Our treatments are more about the prevention of illness or
disease rather than treatment and this primary healthcare
initiative has been vital in keeping these animals healthy.”
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Recently the KAP sani2c team
and Rural Animal Welfare teamed up to sterilise 78 dogs as well as
vaccinate over 250 animals during their third 'Spayathon' at the Jolivet
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