When a dog has been badly treated, hurt, frightened or lost – the last thing we want to do is add to its distress.
And even though it’s safe, warm and well fed here at the SPCA, keeping a dog cooped up in a small run is extremely stressful for the animal.
It’s one of the reasons why we can’t keep stray and abandoned dogs here for weeks on end. Solitary confinement in a small space with only limited human contact leads to depression in some dogs, and unruly behaviour – even aggression- in others.
That’s why our priority this year was to build 24 large new runs for our dogs. The Socialisation Runs will give a dog the chance to get out into the sunshine during the day and feel the grass beneath his feet….to run around…and to keep dry while his kennel is being hosed clean.
The opening of the 24 socialisation runs at the Kloof and Highway SPCA was officially launched on Friday, 03 July 2015. This project started off at the end of last year and is finally complete. Staff, volunteers and supporters gathered to celebrate the launch of the runs which have been sponsored by family members in memory of their loved ones, volunteers at the SPCA and local supporting individuals, businesses and companies.
Thank-you to every single person who has made this remarkable project possible for the animals in our care - without the support from our community, we would not be able to continue the work we do in animal welfare.