Every day of every week, Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW) staff head out into the ever-growing shack settlements and impoverished townships that circle Johannesburg to the south and west. Two mobile clinics cover two or three areas each a day, taking with them the basic health care essentials for animals belonging to people far away from the nearest veterinary facility – and who probably could not afford to treat their animals anyway.
In these communities CLAW provides the only regular, dependable access to vet care for much loved pets, as well as humane education. For their owners, CLAW often provides that little bit extra, a food parcel, clothing, toys for their children.
For the animals CLAW provides tick and flea control medication, deworming and anti-parasite control, vaccinations while the animal welfare assistants can identify any animal health problems that might be brewing.
Staff also make appointments to collect pets in need of sterilisation and take animals that are very sick with diseases like biliary (a deadly tick-related illness) back to the CLAW hospital for veterinary care and treatment.
This series of pictures will give you some insight into the daily experiences of a CLAW mobile.
Article source: IFAW