As in any developing region of the world there are far more pressing humanitarian issues than Animal Welfare. However the sad reality is that not much is needed in either knowledge or medication in order to vastly improve the health and wellbeing of millions of animals but it requires a broad collective perspective using asset based development.
It cannot be realistically undertaken or approached with First World ideology.
When we started looking past the enormity of the problems of so many animals and too few resources and seeing how we could approach animal welfare from the indigenous peoples’ perspective instead, the way forward started emerging.
We first needed to start using the few resources we had as wisely as possible and becoming more Proactive than Reactive. In other words the harsh reality is do you spend R1000 on the petrol to take one sick Dog 100km to the vet or rather spend the R1000 you have on treating a 100 puppies with dewormer?
We face these decisions every day, however we have come to realise that if we wish to ‘make a meaningful difference’ to the thousands of companion animals in our region, we need to be realistic, proactive and consultative in our approach and not judge animal welfare from a First World perspective.