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Friday, 16 July 2021 06:56
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Wet Nose Animal Rescue Centre’s clinics at Vaalbank and Hatfield had to close for deep cleaning and isolation in June, despite strict protocols.

Vets are put at extreme risk when patients have to hold their pets while the vets examine them, making social distancing impossible. All three of the centre’s vets have either had Covid or had to isolate because of contact, which left the clinics with no staff.

Since everyone’s return to work last year, the centre has gone through periods where half of the kennel staff was in isolation and 90% of equine staff members were sitting at home. These are the times when all staff members have to pull together, no matter what their actual job is, to clean kennels and stables and to take a dog for a walk.

Fiela, who had been hanging around a Refilwe shebeen for about two years without an owner, is one of Wet Nose’s rescue dogs up for adoption
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The centre reported that the third wave has hit much closer to home than the first two. It is for this reason that Wet Nose has implemented a few precautionary measures up until the end of July to try to keep its staff safe.

No volunteers can visit the centre until the end of July. The shelter will only be open for adoptions and pet shop sales. The clinics will receive patients outside and the pet will be taken inside for examination or treatment without the owner.

The dog walk park at Vaalbank will be closed until the end of July and there will be no 67 minutes of community service for Mandela Day this year.

For more information phone Wet Nose at 013-932-3941 or send an e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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