Dog walk at Keetmanshoop raises funds for animal sterilisation project

08 Sep 2019 10:50am
KEETMANSHOOP, 08 SEP (NAMPA) – Close to 30 people took part in a 6-kilometre ‘dog walk’ here on Saturday which aimed to raise funds to sterilise cats and dogs for low and no income families.
The walk was organised by Miss and Mr Keetmanshoop Private School (KPS) 2019 in collaboration with the Have-a-Heart Namibia spay and neuter project.
Participants paid an entrance fee to join the group walk with their pets, covering the distance of six kilometres in around 90 minutes.
A total of N.dollars 3 400 was raised by the two Grade 10 learners to hand over to the spay and neuter mobile clinic.
In an interview with Nampa, Kaylee Jacobs who was crowned Miss KPS in May this year said they decided to raise funds to be used to sterilise and vaccinate dogs and cats of those households that cannot afford to do so.
“I love animals, we’ve got 25 animals at home which include dogs and cats. We decided to raise the money for the Have-a-Heart organisation to assist them in sterilising the pets of families who can’t afford it,” she said.
The teenager explained that there will be a veterinarian coming from Windhoek later this month and the money raised during the dog walk will be used for sterilisation, vaccination and deworming of the animals.
Mr KPS, JC Naude expressed gratitude towards the number of people who participated in the walk.
“We are happy about the number of people, it is a small town and there are really no sports here, we are happy so many people came out,” he said.
Wilma Hyman, who represented the Have-a-Heart organisation at the walk, said they offer free neuter services for dogs and cats of low and no income families across the country in municipal townships and informal settlements.
She said the aim is to reduce the number of stray animals, thus eliminating the need for mass euthanasia whilst improving the health and welfare status of dogs and cats in these areas.
“Every dog or cat sterilised by our organisation also receives a vaccine as well as internal and external parasite control treatment, bringing direct health benefits to dogs and cats themselves as well as the human communities and local wildlife population,” she said.