In the aftermath of the April 18 Cape Fires, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA emergency response efforts are still underway. Inspectors continue to canvas the areas – some of which are still smouldering hot- in search of injured and distressed wildlife.
Belinda Abraham, Spokesperson for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, said it was heartbreakingly traumatic that inspectors had to search for animals following the Cape Town fir, “In the aftermath of the fire, we are now seeing the first signs of life and loss. Searching the areas for any form of life has become heartbreakingly traumatic as the charred remains of the several different species we come across tell the story of immense suffering. Overcome by smoke then turned to charcoal. Those that survived, give us hope.”
Some areas are still smouldering and the ground is so hot, the soles of our Inspectors shoes are melting. “Our past experience has taught us that, wild animals will often return to their area’s of origin,” Abraham said, “where they had burrows or nests and we are looking out for these animals too whose feet no doubt will burn on the hot ground.”
To continue assisting wildlife in need, The Cape of Good Hope has started a back-a-buddy campaign to raise funds to purchase various items to help any animals that were hurt during the blaze. “With this campaign, we are hoping to save animals’ lives and help preserve Cape Town’s wildlife. The area is rife with dassies, birdlife, porcupines, tortoises, grysbok, snakes, frogs and many other species who will need our help. We need you to help us raise funds to reach the animals in need of help, and to purchase the following items for injured animals: dry and wet dressings, cool packs, silbecor ointment, bandages and fresh fruit or vegetables.”
The SPCA did have some good news for the public – on its Facebook page, The SPCA confirmed that the feral cat colony roaming around the UCT campus has not been affected and are safe. “People have asked about the UCT feral cat colony, all those cats are in good health. They were unaffected.”
How to help Wildlife affected by the fires?
For the remainder of the week, there will be drop-off points for donations at all the Absolute Pets stores across the city. Anyone who would like to donate towards the animals affected in the fire can drop off donations such (as dry and wet dressings, cool packs, silbecor ointment, bandages and fresh fruit or vegetables) at the following Absolute Pets stores:
- Flamingo Square
- Cape Gate
Or alternatively, make a cash donation by following this link: DONATE NOW
Residents in the area are encouraged to continue to keep shallow containers of water in their gardens and keep calling The Cape of Good Hope SPCA to report displaced wild animals or animals in distress. Find more trending content, right here.