We are a small group of volunteers who rely on donations to do our work in the townships. We are supported by various animal welfare organisation as well as Steenberg Vet as a backbone. The owners pay, where they can, as we like to hold them accountable and responsible for their pets. Also, all rescue organisations rely on these payment to run their hospitals, staff and pick up vehicles.
Community assistance which we provide:
Education: We strive to improve the quality of life for animals in the townships by educating their owners on correct care of feeding and making water available and health care (including de-worming, dipping against ticks/fleas, vaccinating and sterilising. We are currently doing a programme at the Westlake Primary School aimed at Grade 3 learners. This programme is to educate youngsters on how to care for animals.
Medical Assistance: We dress wounds, take animals to vets where needed, tend to fly eaten raw ears, etc.
Intervention: We report neglect and cruelty to the Inspectorates, for them to act on it. As volunteers, we do not have the authority to remove an animal without the owner’s consent and signing of a surrender form.
Providing Food & Shelter: We feed the animals on a weekly basis and collect and distribute donated kennels and blankets.
Building Trust / Making a Difference: We have done a census of the animal population and have achieved about an 85% sterilisation of cats and 80% of dogs which is remarkable.
Unfortunately, animals do come and go so it is forever fluctuating. Through educating and working with the owners over 5 years or so, we have won their trust and we now have them phoning/texting us when they need help which is just wonderful. It is a fulfilling job in many ways, as we see the value of our input, and most of the animals just love us (and the food).
On the other hand, it is sometimes hard to see sadness and neglect – but it is lessening with our help, and we can only hope to continue making that small difference to these creatures.
How can you help?
We always need donations of food, collars, leads, bowls, blankets/bedding and any financial contributions to carry the cost of vaccinations, sterilisations and vet bills for those who genuinely cannot afford it. Any help is most appreciated in order for us to continue helping these animals.
To get involved, please contact us via our contact form.