KAROO ANIMALS – Weekend Argus 05/05/07
THE Little Karoo, a couple of hours’ drive from Cape Town, attracts thousands of tourists who flock there for the wonderful mountain scenery and the serene atmosphere of the fruit and wine farms enfolded in its broad valleys. But a Barrydale woman found, away from the tourist routes, terrible suffering among farm and domestic animals. This is the unique and controversial way in which she dealt with it.
When Colette Teale drives her Karoo Animal Protection Society (KAPS) vehicle anywhere through the sprawling coloured settlements outside the towns of the Little Karoo, the dogs recognise it — and they come running. When she stops and gets out, they jump up to be petted and stroked. “Some of them want the food I usually bring, but what they really want is love and attention,” she says.
And when she walks into the living room of her farmhouse, 8km from Barrydale, she is greeted by barks and yelps of excitement. At any one time, up to 30 dogs could be sharing her home, all of them rescued from intolerably cruel situations on farms and in poverty-stricken settlements of the Little Karoo. As paid-up members of the family, they are learning to socialise with people and with other dogs. Once they show they are ready for it, they are rehomed. In the three months before our visit, Teale had rehomed 63 dogs.
South Africa’s biggest ever single donation of pet food means that nutritious dinners will soon be on the menu for pets in disadvantaged communities.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition announced last week that it is donating over one-million Rand of premium quality pet food to animal welfare organisations. Hill’s has partnered with IFAW (International fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) to distribute more than 26 tons of food to community linked animal welfare organisations around South Africa and in Zimbabwe.
“This is probably the biggest and most valuable ever donation of pet food to animal welfare,” said Christina Pretorius, Communications Manager for IFAW SA. “Hill’s generosity will be an enormous help in uplifting the wellbeing of thousands of dogs and cats in underprivileged communities across South Africa.”
“There’s no doubt that good nutrition is a key component in keeping pets well and healthy,” she said.
We would like to appeal to the community and businesses to assist us in obtaining funds for this worthwhile community project. We also need blankets, operating tables, drugs, fax machine, surgery implements, FOOD, CAT LITTER and we need volunteers.
The Animal Anti-Cruelty League is based in Epping, but serves the whole of the Western Cape area. As from the 1st November 2006 AACL will be taking over the premises at Sacks Circle.
News from The Society for Animals in Distress
The Society for Animals in Distress have taken on a new area in Mooiplaas, North of Olievenhoutbosch where there are thousands of animals in dire need of their help.
They managed to sterilise 34 dogs in just 3 weeks!
They will be exhibiting at WODAC this year and urge you all to come and enjoy the day with them at The Ultimate Horse Festival on 4 September 2006. This is the largest Animal Festival in Africa, boasting 170 horse and pet related stalls!
It is an annual event which will be held at the Randjies Training Centre.
Animal Welfare Port Elizabeth
Animal Welfare in Port Elizabeth have sent us a bunch of new animals up for adoption. Lots of new cats and dogs just waiting for you to come take them home!
We have updated the Wet Nose page as well today and the good news is many have found homes, but unfortunately many more have been added.
Adopt A Pet
The Cape Argus and Cape Times are running a campaign, namely Adopt A Pet. Where you and I can sponsor space in their publications for the various rescue societies to advertise their most desperate cases.
The latest you can contact them to make a difference is 26 May 2006 and the ads will run on 31 May 2003. Abandoned along with SystemShock have combined forces and sponsored some space.
Join us and together we could save some pets from being euthanazed shortly.