Coronavirus lockdown ‘perfect time to bond with pets’

Coronavirus lockdown ‘perfect time to bond with pets’

The National Council of SPCAs says the looming national lockdown is a good opportunity for pet owners to bond with their animals.

Speaking to pets

There has been some debate over the coronavirus lockdown and whether owners will be allowed to walk their dogs.

Police Minister Bheki Cele clarified on Wednesday that it won’t be allowed during the next three weeks, but the NSPCA believes it’s the perfect opportunity to develop new routines.

The council’s spokesperson Meg Wilson say the 21-day lockdown is going to be stressful for animals that are used to the routine.

“Although 21 days seems like a long time staying at home, this provides a perfect opportunity to interact and bond with your pets.

“Develop your bond exercise and stimulation with the pets  and improving the environment for their enrichment. It also has a positive impact on your health life.”

She adds that the organisation will be available to assist those who cannot keep their pets.

“The NSPCA would also like to remind the public that if you cannot afford to take care of your pet, to rather surrender it to your local SPCA as opposed to abandoning, dumping, or discarding it.

“We also remind the public that while they are taking care of themselves, to remember their animals, be it domestic, farm, captive wild animals at this time too, to ensure that there is adequate provision of the necessary resources for survival.”


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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize previously said that South Africans will be able to walk their dogs or go for a run during the 21-day national lockdown period. The country's security cluster met on Wednesday, less than 30 hours before the lockdown will be effected and resolved that no such activities will take place.

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