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Domestic pets in the community <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​​Treating pets properly</h2><p>​​All pets should be treated with respect, whether they are your own or somebody else’s. </p><h4>A pet needs the following: </h4><ul><li> <strong>To be loved and treated fairly </strong>– pets need companionship and must not be teased or harassed as this makes them distressed</li><li> <strong>Food and clean water </strong>that is filled daily</li><li> <strong>Plenty of space </strong>to move around (depending on the size of the pet)</li><li> <strong>A healthy environment</strong> that is cleaned regularly of poop and fleas and ticks</li><li> <strong>Healthcare</strong> from a registered veterinary clinic for vaccinations, regular check ups and when they are ill</li><li> <strong>To be active </strong>in order to stay physically and mentally healthy</li><li> <strong>Safe surroundings </strong>to make sure they can’t wander outside the premises</li><li> <strong>Training</strong> to be able to live well in a human household and community</li><li> <strong>Shelter</strong> to keep warm in cold weather and shade from the sun in hot weather </li></ul><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info remember"></i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Remember</h4><p>No person may breed, train, buy or sell an animal for the purpose of fighting another animal. It is a criminal offence to provoke an animal to attack another animal. To report any animal fighting or other animal offences, call the Public Emergency Call Centre: dial <strong><em>107 </em></strong>from a landline or <em> <a>021 480 7700</a></em> from a cellphone.</p></div></div> <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Report animal cruelty​​​​​​​</h2></span> <p>If you are worried about how someone else is treating their pet, you can report them to the SPCA via a reporting tool on their <a href="" target="_blank">website<i class="icon link-external"></i></a>.​ Read more about animal cruelty on page 26 of our <a href="" target="_blank">Animal By-law</a>. </p><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​Dealing with aggressive pets in the community</h2> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>rabies prevention</h4><p>Most human rabies cases are associated with infected domestic dogs. If you suspect that you have been exposed to a rabid animal, wash all wounds with soap or detergent and flush them thoroughly for about 5-10 minutes with water; then seek immediate medical treatment. </p><p> </p><p><br>For more information, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD)<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> website.</p></div></div></span> <p>Some pets in a community can be aggressive and this can be a risky problem to handle. Aggressive pets, especially dogs, can be dangerous if they decide to attack. It is important that you know what to do. </p><h4>An aggressive pet will often show the following signs:</h4><ul><li>Still and rigid body</li><li>Harsh threatening sounds</li><li>Charging a person</li><li>Growling</li><li>Showing teeth</li><li>Snarling</li><li>Snapping</li><li>Vicious biting</li><li>Shaking</li></ul><p>If an animal shows aggressive signs, you should keep your distance and move out of the pet’s territory slowly whilst not making eye contact with the pet. It is always good to be calm and gentle when dealing with an aggressive pet, as hard as it may be. </p><p>If you come into contact with an aggressive pet in your neighbourhood, briefly identify the aggressive warning signs and approach with caution. </p><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Please note</h4><p> In emergencies, call the City’s Animal Control Unit on <em> <a>021 596 1999</a></em> (24/7, toll free), <em> <a>0800 225 669</a></em> or a <span class="ms-rteForeColor-2"><a href="" target="_blank">Registered Animal Organisation (RAO).<i class="icon link-external"></i></a></span></p></div></div><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​Dealing with sick pets in the community</h2><p>Much like aggressive pets, dealing with sick pets can be difficult too. Often, sick pets can act strangely or become aggressive so it is important to be aware and cautious. </p><h4>Signs of a sick pet:</h4><ul><li>Loss of appetite </li><li>Vomiting or diarrhoea</li><li>Decreased energy levels</li><li>Coughing </li><li>Stiffness</li><li>Itchy skin</li><li>Excessive drinking or urinating </li><li>Dry or red eyes</li></ul><p>If a pet shows any similar signs, contact or visit a vet immediately. If you come into contact with a sick pet whose owner you do not know, approach with caution and call the City’s Animal Control Unit on <em> <a>021 596 1999</a></em> (24/7, toll free), <em> <a>0800 225 669</a></em> or a <a href="" target="_blank">Registered Animal Or​ganisation (RAO​)<i class="icon link-external"></i></a>.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​Report a dead animal</h2><p>​​The City of Cape Town disposes of unclaimed dead animals for free. We remove the carcasses on public land and roads but do not provide this service for private people or vets. </p><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info remember"></i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Remember</h4><p> <strong>Report a dead animal</strong>: The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To report an incident, call <em> <a>0860 103 089</a></em> or send a WhatsApp message to <a>082 563 2712</a>.</p></div></div><h2 class="sectHeading">Lost pets​​ </h2><p>If you have rescued a lost pet, check if there is a name and/or contact details provided anywhere on the animal, usually one can find an owner’s detail on a collar. Alternatively, you must take the animal to a  <a href="" target="_blank">Registered Animal Organisation<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> or ask that it is collected within 24 hours after rescuing it. </p><p>If you have lost your pet, please see <a href="">Find your lost pet</a>. </p><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info remember">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Remember</h4><p>Approach strange dogs with caution and be warm and friendly if trying to check if they have a collar. Call the City’s Animal Control Unit on <em> <a>021 596 1999</a></em> (24/7, toll free) <em> <a>0800 225 669</a></em> or a RAO if you don’t know what to do. </p></div></div><h2 class="sectHeading">Register your pet </h2><p>You are required to register your pets, so the City can monitor and control Cape Town’s animal population. If you would like to register your pet, then follow the process below.</p><p> Our <a href="" target="_blank">Animal By-law</a> specifies how many pets you can own based on the size of your property. By registering your pet, you provide us with useful information that will help with animal welfare planning and budgeting.</p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading white-copy yellow bg-darker-grey"><div class="graphic"> <i class="info citycard">​​</i></div><div class="desc"><h4>City Connect</h4><p> <a href="">Register your pet</a></p></div></div></span> <h2 class="sectHeading">Donate to the animal welfare sector</h2> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>covid-19 crisis</h4><p>The Animal Welfare sector is experiencing serious challenges due to the Covid-19 crisis. The pandemic has affected entire communities, including animals whose owners cannot afford food for their pets. Some animals have become strays, and others have been surrendered to struggling animal welfare shelters. </p></div></div></span> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Cape Animal Welfare Forum (CAWF)<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> appreciates any donations or support towards any of the 33 charities that are registered under CAWF. </p><p>Shelters are even more vulnerable during the winter months and any donations received assist both pets and pet owners, especially in vulnerable communities. </p><h4>Some examples of needed donations, include: </h4><ul><li>Blankets </li><li>Kennels </li><li>Pet food (for cats and dogs) </li></ul><h4>We also need saleable household goods to support the animal charity shop, including:</h4><ul><li>books</li><li>clothing, </li><li>household goods,or </li><li>linen.</li></ul><p>For more information on how you can help, contact the chairperson of CAWF, Karen de Klerk on the following email address: <a href=""></a> </p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy light-blue bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info quickstat">​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Quick stat</h4><p> The City has donated R750 000 to CAWF during the Covid-19 crisis. Our donation will help CAWF to supply indigent pet owners with food for their pets. This way, owners will be able to continue feeding their pets and not be forced by circumstances to abandon them to struggling animal shelters or the streets. </p></div></div></span> GP0|#f11ff779-2da1-416e-8565-36e23660dcc7;L0|#0f11ff779-2da1-416e-8565-36e23660dcc7|Domestic pets in the community;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GPP|#300ca186-e247-4dc0-8f6d-e7e5dbe0f50a;GPP|#36dcb5fe-6bfc-4ae9-92d7-8bd08d1f6414;GPP|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752As a community, we must make sure that domestic pets in our neighbourhood are safe and well cared for.0



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