Prevent animal cruelty

Pictured is Dr Natasha Clark with Brownie.

Lindsey Concer, Head of fund-raising and communications, Animal Rescue Organisation

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month. This, of course, is an issue we are concerned with year-round but this month gives us a chance to reflect on the work that we do and how we are assisting in the fight against cruelty to animals.

The focus of ARO (Animal Rescue Organisation) as an organisation is providing veterinary care to animals in need but chiefly we focus on sterilisation and education. We believe this is the best way to have long-term impact on (the prevention of) cruelty to animals as it is the overpopulation of domestic animals – most prevalent in indigent areas – and the lack of education on what it means to care for a pet that causes cruelty to occur so frequently in our country.

All too often, however, a special case comes through our doors. In this case, Brownie, a young cross breed who was brought in by his owner who had left him with a clearly unsuitable carer while she was away.

Brownie was kept on a chain and as this pup grew, the rope got tighter until it eventually cut right through his skin. One can just imagine the constant pain this pup endured. Thankfully, Brownie was brought to us in time to save his life. Dr Natasha Clark cleaned, stitched and dressed his wound and he is recovering nicely.

It is a testament to the nature of animals that Brownie is a sweet, loving dog. You would never know what he had suffered at the hands of humans. He needs about two weeks to recover but then will be ready to find his forever home.

Let us remember animals like Brownie this April for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month. Just by being a part of the ARO family you are doing your bit for the cause.

If you would like to do something extra this coming month perhaps consider making a R450 donation to cover a sterilisation call 021 396 5511 or email