Dedicated to animal welfare

2016-11-29 06:01
Photo: supplied Volunteers feed dogs of the valley.

Photo: supplied Volunteers feed dogs of the valley.

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KZN Valley Dogs was started by Anthony Asher-wood in May 2015, a local who grew up in Hillcrest.

He wanted to give back somehow, and being an off-road biker was touched by the plight of the many starving dogs he saw whenever they rode in the Inanda Valley.

He then decided to start feeding the dogs on Sunday mornings, and managed to get donations of dog food from his friends and “connections” he had, but mainly funded it from his own pocket.

Carolyn Pierrot of KZN Valley Dogs said that Asher-wood and her have been friends for over 30 years and when she saw what he was doing she knew she needed to help.

“I was hooked and since then between Anthony and myself we have gone down every single Sunday with a team of dedicated volunteers to feed the dogs.

“We started off just pulling over when we saw dogs, feeding them and talking to the locals and explaining to them what we were doing, this then quickly became the organised chaos it is now, with us currently feeding over 200 dogs, about 30 cats and several chickens as well.

“We have quite a few communal stops where people bring their dogs to a meeting point and we feed sometimes over 50 at a time as well as house visits. We then started raising money to buy much needed dewormer and tick and flea medication as well as basic wound cream, and so on,” she said.

Pierrot said that they go through approximately 100-plus kilos of dry dog food every week as well as pets mince, rice and pasta that they add. They also go through about 10kgs of dry, cachet or tinned cat food.

She contacted the Dr Mike Hardwich Foundation and they assist with the spaying and neutering of the dogs and cats.

“Our long-term goal is to continue with this for as long as we can and to get additional regular volunteers involved so as to spread the load a bit more. We try and educate as much as we can especially in the treatment of the animals and in getting the locals to look at their animals as valuable companions, and we have seen so many relationships build since.

“We also really want to be able to give the animals basic care when they need it, being able to treat the many wounds, parasite infestations, internal and external, administer broad-based antibiotics, basic inoculations for puppies, etc., would make the lives of these animals much better,” she said.

However, Pierrot said that they have no corporate sponsors and it is mainly the public through word of mouth who assist with donations.

“If we are short it then comes out of our own pockets. We feed in all types of weather, come rain or shine the show must go on. For anyone who would like to donate with funds or food, please contact kznvalleydogs@gmail.com.”

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