News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Wednesday September 19th 2018

City sets out to sterilise township dogs

City sets out to sterilize stray dogs and cats in the townships. Photo: Peter Luhanaga/WCN


The sterilization of stray dogs and cats by the City of Cape Town has been welcomed by residents of Du Noon township and the adjacent Doornbach informal settlement who say the stray dogs terrorize the neighbourhood.

This week, the City announced it is to spend R500 000 on the sterilization project.

The funds have been made available at a time when the animal welfare community globally honours February as World Spay and Neuter Awareness Month.

World Spay Day is an annual campaign of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Humane Society International (HSI) that encourages spaying and neutering — a proven way to save the lives of companion animals, feral cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in a shelter or killed on the street.

Partaking in the awareness month, the City has partnered with the Cape of Good Hope SPCA who will manage the Du Noon mass sterilisation of cats and dogs on its behalf, said the City.

In the meantime residents of Du Noon are excited that their dogs would be sterilized.

Community leader Mesie Makuwa Mpukane said the there “is too many” dogs in the township for instance. She said her neighbour used to have 125 dogs which were confiscated after residents complained to the SPCA.

She said the mass sterilization will reduce the population of dogs resulting in fewer dogs roaming the streets and charging at pedestrians, moving vehicles and motor cyclists.

“People don’t look after their dogs well. They don’t feed them. Dogs are surviving by scavenging in people’s yards and rubbish bins. They are starving,” said Mpukane.

Ekuphumleni informal settlement Street Committee chair Sinothemba Matomela said there were a lot of stray dogs in the informal settlement and their original owners could not be traced.

“Some of them are very malnourished and you can see the dog is dead but walking,” said Matomela.

“If they come and take these dogs away it will be safer for our children and the environment. We are worried of rabies if these dogs start biting our children,” he said.

The City said after consultation with its stakeholders including the Cape Animal Welfare Forum, Provincial Government and members of the veterinary profession, Du Noon was selected as it was geographically contained.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cape of Good Hope SPCA Allan Perrins said they aimed to sterilise at least 70% of the township’s “intact pet population within the six month breeding cycle. We hope to be completed well before the onset of winter,” said Perrins. – Peter Luhanga

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