GABORONE (XINHUA) – Based in Gaborone, the capital city of Botswana, the Botswana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA) rescues stray animals that have been abandoned by their owners and roam the streets.
“We receive reports of stray dogs and bring them to the shelter; we do our best to find good homes for dogs and cats to adopt,” said BSPCA National Director Kenneth Ditshweu.
In an interview with Xinhua, Ditshweu said that when a stray dog is found, they transport it to a quarantine site for 14 days. The dog is then posted on their social media page for the owner to claim. If the owner is not found within 14 days, the dog is neutered and taken to a recovery center for seven days to recover. Then he will join the other dogs and be ready to be adopted by new owners.
Ditshweu said on average they have around 70 adult dogs and 30 puppies, along with 20 adult cats and 20 kittens.
They also offer boarding services where they take care or keep dogs for clients who want to go on vacation or on a business trip. Ditshweu, however, said the shelter does not search for the dogs due to limited resources and is a non-profit organization.
The shelter prefers to deal with the animal if it is abused or neglected after receiving reports.
“Because taking care of the animals, like feeding them, vaccinating them, trimming them and washing them, is an expensive business,” Ditshweu said, adding that to raise funds, they also have a bookstore where they sell books. occasion and cafeteria items.
The BSPCA also prevents animal cruelty by educating the public about good animal parenting skills. They inform the public that an animal has the right to food and water at least twice a day, as well as all nutrients and a balanced diet.
In addition, the public is informed that dogs must be able to express themselves in order to avoid emotional stress and must not be chained up all the time, and must be vaccinated annually against diseases such as rabies, which is provided free of charge. by the government of Botswana.
BSPCA animal keeper Thapelo Setlhako stressed the importance of developing camaraderie and friendship with pets. “Most people use dogs for security, but they can hurt themselves trying to protect their owners.”
He explained that pets, whether it’s a cat, dog or rabbit, are like man’s best friend. Because they are very social, they provide loyal friendship and also help relieve stress and fatigue.
Animal cruelty laws in the southern African country have not been updated since 1966, and Ditshweu expressed concern that Botswana is falling behind when it comes to animal laws.
“When you look at fines for people who are cruel to animals, it’s way overdue,” Ditshweu told Xinhua. He said, for example, that people are only fined BWP 50 (about US$4) for being barbaric to animals, regardless of how they mistreat animals.
He stressed the importance of updating the laws to show how Botswana takes care of its animals, not only to protect them but also to show them compassion.