Dog Seeks Veterinary Treatment At SPCA On His Own

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Cape of Good Hope SPCA staff was stunned with the unaccompanied arrival of a black male dog, now affectionately known as “Rio”, who sought help from the SPCA hospital staff for bite wounds to his neck on a Friday afternoon.  

Rio walked into the SPCA premises by himself as staff were busy closing and preparing to leave for the weekend.  He sniffed his way to the animal hospital where he was greeted by Inspector Alexia Linsell and the Chief Executive Officer, Moyo Ndukwana who approached with a tin of treats and secured him on a leash.

Rio was admitted to the general ward immediately and his bite wounds were attended to and treated with antibiotics.  He has since made a full recovery, but no one has come forward to claim him within the pound period, making him one of many who arrived at our facility without identification, no microchip and no voice to tell their story.

Fortunately, Rio, who is without a doubt, destined to become the next SPCA celebrity, passed his clinical and behaviour assessments and will be joining the elite in the adoptions ward waiting on his forever home.

More than 90% of lost and found pets arrive at our pound without any form of identification.  

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA processes more than 100 missing pet reports every month.

#DontLoseYourLove and have your pet microchipped today.

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Since our post last week, thousands have clicked to read about Rio. His story prominently featured in local print and broadcast media …

Rio turned up at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA seeking medical treatment by himself
Rio turned up at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA seeking medical treatment by himself
Cape of Good Hope SPCA Animal Hospital
Cape of Good Hope SPCA Animal Hospital
Cape of Good Hope SPCA Animal Hospital

Our services include excellent veterinary care at our premises in Grassy Park and a fleet of four Mobile Clinics that serve indigent communities in the Cape Metropole.

Our hospital treats thousands of animals every year, and we rely on contributions from our loyal donors and corporate partners to subsidise veterinary care for pets of poorer owners.

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