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LSPCA promotes spay and neuter of animals

Written by  Daniel Namwini
Razemba on centre with some other veterinary personals Razemba on centre with some other veterinary personals pic by Daniel Namwini

Lilongwe, February 28, 2019: In a bid to save animals, human lives and ease rabies transmission in the country, Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (LSPCA) promotes spaying and neutering of dogs and cats.

Veterinary Manager for the organization, Dr. Tino Razemba said this on Wednesday during annual World Spay Day at Dzenza Secondary School in Area 25, Lilongwe.

The month of February every year is spayed or neuter awareness month for veterinary and animal welfare professionals globally.

He said the event is celebrated globally, and aims at providing spay and neuter services as an effective way to reduce the number of animals living on the streets and improves the quality life of domestic animals.

“Without spay and neuter initiatives, homeless animals are often euthanized, killed, neglected or die of diseases or injuries. Sterilization (spay or neuter) is critical for management of overpopulation and related disease control concern,” Razemba pointed out.

He added that LSPCA is offering the free spay and neuter of dogs and cats services to people who would normally not afford veterinary services to reduce rabies transmission.

The LSPCA team of veterinarians, nurses and education staff spayed, neutered and vaccinated 50 dogs, and they offered domestic care advice to the animal owners.

In an interview, Area 25 resident, Florence Luwe, 35, said it is important to reduce the number of pets particularly dogs and cats, which pose a great risk to the public in terms of rabies transmission.

“Rabies poses a serious threat to humans and we can reduce this risk by vaccinating dogs as well as controlling the dog’s population and educating the public about responsible pet ownership,” she said.

Luwe said the country is experiencing a marked increase in dog population and several dog bite cases which are reported to the hospitals.

As such, she said the programme would help them to minimize the spread of rabies impact through dog population control.

“We will join hands with the organization in the spay or neuter of animals to decrease the number of homeless animals living on the street by caring for the animals and put them in lodgings,” Luwe said.

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