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Livingstone Animal Protection Society (LAPS) is facing a positive 2015

Livingstone Animal Protection Society (LAPS) is facing a positive 2015

Lynne Mendelsohn  a Founding Director of LAPS  with Spot, who was vacccinated and dipped and later had a tumour removed
Lynne Mendelsohn a Founding Director of LAPS with Spot, who was vacccinated and dipped and later had a tumour removed
Sue Brink

 

Local dogs get needed attention

By: SUE BRINK

Livingstone Animal Protection Society (LAPS) is facing a positive 2015 with much accomplished in the first quarter of the year.

Two kennels for observation and overnight care have been completed at the government veterinary centre and donations of bowls and blankets have been handed over. Together with previous donations of spay cradles, an operation table and other items, this will assist in the better care and management of injured animals.

LAPS also teamed up with Dr Songiso and his veterinary partners to start a spaying and castration programme to curb the burgeoning problem of unwanted stray dogs. With LAPS support, operations were carried out on dogs whose owners could not afford the fees for the procedure. Dr Songiso has teamed up with Dr Nawa to open his own practice in town to cater for residents who can’t always get their dogs to the government vet’s premises.

LAPS carried out its first ever outreach programme together with veterinary officers in the Ngwenya area of Livingstone. The trial programme lasted seven hours, instead of the anticipated four, as residents continued to  arrive with their pets for free dipping, deworming  and other basic treatments.

A total of 168 dogs were treated, while the owners were advised on how best to care for their animals and to endeavour to keep their pets within their property, as is required by the law. Donated collars were handed out and many animals were referred for follow up treatments. Leaflets describing how best to care for dogs with limited resources were distributed free of charge.

Livingstone residents will see the LAPS volunteers out in force again, selling their solar lights and books to raise more funds for further programmes in other areas in the coming months.