South Africa hosts a huge population of both stray and pet dogs. With limited access to medical care, and increased exposure to starvation, dehydration and disease, we are supporting teams that are dedicated to providing communities with outreach support, education and free veterinary care. The vast and increasing stray population have become a hotbed for illnesses, most prolific of these is distemper. Though easily prevented with vaccinations and education, distemper is a cruel virus that affected the central nervous system, and several different organs in the body including the guts, heart, immune system, lungs, brain and nerves. Leading to paralysis, painful seizures, pus secretion and eventually death, no living being deserves to suffer so unnecessarily.
A large proportion of the companion dogs across South Africa live in townships, where people keep cats to catch mice or dogs to use as watchdogs. But the majority of people living in these townships don’t have the financial resource to provide proper care for their animals, meaning many roam the streets in varying states of health and, with nearly all of them unsterilised, stuck in an endless breeding cycle.