Dangerous and improper use of fireworks is illegal in Johannesburg. The city has fireworks regulations and residents can demand Council action against illegal fireworks usage.
The following is from the Johannesburg metropolitan council:
Unless special Council authorisation has been applied for and granted, there are only 11 days annually when residents are allowed to “light or ignite” fireworks. Guy Fawkes and Diwali are such days. (R 500.00 fine on other days).
Rabies has been in the news recently making it a disease that is still relevant and able to touch all our lives, even in our urban surroundings. It is fully preventable and all dogs and cats should be vaccinated at 3months of age followed by a booster between one and nine months later, with a booster vaccine every three years. This is according to the Animal Diseases Act, 1984 (Act No.35 of 1984.)
Please note that in September 2012 we received a notice from Virbac Animal Health that announced a recall of their BackHome Biotec microchips. They identified the problem in February 2012 with certain microchips implanted since June 2010. Scanners have not been able to read some of the batches of microchips with the prefix 9000880 and 9000088 up to 900008800259208.
For any queries please speak to your veterinarian if your pet has a BackHome microchip or contact (012) 682-9243 between 8am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
Who says we only work with dogs and cats?
In June, one of our vets picked up an injured Black Shouldered Kite. Under anaesthetic no physical injuries were detected but it showed some slight neurological signs. Free Me collected the bird and after a week of rest at their aviary, it had recovered enough to be released at the site it was initially found at. After orientating itself, it flew off to every ones’ joy.
In May 2012, we started a sterilization outreach project in South Hills, one of the local suburbs in our community in the south. The theme of the project is that a healthy pet is a safe pet for the owners and the community. Through the project we hope to educate the community about the health and welfare aspects of pet care and what responsible pet ownership is all about.
A subsidized sterilization package including vaccination, Rabies vaccination, deworming and a tick/flea treatment is on offer. People are offered the service through notices placed in the local paper and through the staff distributing leaflets in the suburb. A dedicated inspector facilitates all calls, and arranges the collection and return of animals.
Volunteering and community service at the Animal Anti-Cruelty League in Johannesburg.
For many years, the Animal Anti-Cruelty League has offered a volunteer programme for children and adults wanting to spend time with animals.
Volunteers (mainly children but adults are welcome) usually attend at least one volunteer course where they are taught the basics of handling and caring for animals. Adult volunteers are introduced to the organization through an orientation morning before starting to volunteer. Many people have thus been introduced to the work that we do but also played an important role in helping us to socialize (handling, feeding, bathing, brushing, walking) the animals in our care. Volunteers give of their free time when we are open and form an important part of our team.
Our corporate puppy socialization course programme is growing! Are you and your team at work required to perform social responsibility? Do you enjoy working with animals and want to give back to the community with your work colleagues?
We have hosted corporates since 2004 on our puppy socialization course programme, tailor making the day fun for staff and animals but also serving an important function in that our animals are socialized with other outside people.
Last year we also hosted Hollardites on 18th July for 67minutes as part of their contribution. This year, we encourage corporates to start thinking and planning earlier as we will accommodate people throughout the week of 16-19 July. After all, 67minutes is about giving back 67 minutes anytime, not just on one day.
As signed at Trinity College, Cambridge, August 1977
In as much as there is ample evidence that animal species are capable of feeling, we condemn totally the infliction of suffering upon our fellow creatures and the curtailment of their behavioural and other needs save where this is necessary for their own individual benefit.