Animal rescue programme saves ‘souls’

2017-10-10 06:00
 Photo: suppliedWith one of the dogs (front, from left) Tracy Smit (Lost Souls founder), CJ Jordaan (SCARR), Mechelle Hunt (Lost Souls volunteer) and (back) Heather Barclay (Lost Souls Director).

Photo: suppliedWith one of the dogs (front, from left) Tracy Smit (Lost Souls founder), CJ Jordaan (SCARR), Mechelle Hunt (Lost Souls volunteer) and (back) Heather Barclay (Lost Souls Director).

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EVER since Tracy Mclelland Smit started her animal rescue programme she has saved thousands of cats and dogs across the province.

Her aim is to re-home stray dogs and cats, however, she also spends a lot of time caring for abandoned animals which, when found, are in need of medical attention most of the time.

Smit said that the Lost Souls Animals rescue was registered this year.

“Our rescued animals are taken to the Hillcrest Vet Hospital to get treated. They are then cared for or socialised by Shongweni Community Animal Rehab & Rehoming (SCARR), and once healthy they are then fostered until ready to go to a forever home,” she said.

“SCARR focuses on the rehabilitation of animals. They offer an holistic rehab programme based on the animal's needs. The services range from aggression and misbehaviour to nutritional rehabilitation.

“They have a nutritionist and a behaviourist on the team to support any need for the animals. They also provide a training programme if needed.”

Lost Souls relies on the public for cash donations, goods to be auctioned or sold to raise funds to assist with the ever-increasing vet bills, which to date is sitting at close to R60 000.

She appealed to the community to assist her with donations in order to continue with the work she is doing and to pay off the huge vet bill.

To assist, contact Smit on 074 959 8477 or to find out more about SCARR, contact mich@scarr.org.za or call 062 391 1050.

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