Strays often live under buildings, decks, sheds, and spread fleas there. Or worse, they a stray dog might discover something to consume, which might cause illness to it, and it'll die under a structure, and cause a horrible rotting stench.
SOLUTION TO STRAY ANIMALS
Solution #1: Identification, safe confinement.
The critical yet simple key to this aspect of the homeless animal problem is some form of identification so that a lost animal can get back home. I.D. tags are the most basic form of identification. All dogs and cats - even those who are indoor-only - should always wear some form of identification. In addition animals shouldn't be allowed to roam.always knowing where they are and looking for them the minute it is realized they are missing, are simple yet crucial practices that would dramatically reduce the numbers of lost and stray animals entering animal shelters each year.
Solution #2: Spaying and neutering.
Spay and neuter, routine surgical procedures which prevent animals from reproducing, are the answers to this facet of the homeless animal problem. Not only do spaying and neutering prevent overpopulation, they are also of benefit to the animals: studies show spayed and neutered animals live longer, healthier lives with fewer medical and behavioral problems.
Solution #3: Education, information, support
Dogs and cats can live 15 years or more, during which they will be completely, utterly dependant upon their guardians. Potential guardians should consider the commitment carefully, and, if ready for the commitment, take the time to make a careful and informed choice of animal, to make a good match that will be compatible with their lifestyle. Thinking ahead to life's changes, and how an animal will be accommodated during those changes, is essential. And when problems do arise, working through those problems, persevering and not giving up, drawing on support such as behavior hotlines, training, and other resources, are the acts of commitment that keep an animal out of the shelter.
If you want to report a stray animal contact the SPCA on:
Physical address :
6 Clark Road, Florentia, Alberton
P O Box 1320, Alberton, 1450, South Africa
Please report animal cruelty via telephone to your nearest SPCA as emails and social media can and do cause delays in responding to a situation which may be urgent resulting in extended suffering.
For additional guidelines on reporting animal cruelty see here
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