Helping our four-legged friends

2015-12-15 06:00

PROJECT Dog is a non-profit organisation run by a small and dedicated group of people who are passionate about the rights of all animals and committed to giving every dog the opportunity to a healthy and happy life.

The volunteers do this not only by means of rehabilitation which is most often implemented by the network of “foster parents” of Project Dog, but also in their care to place each dog not only in a good home, but in a home that is suitable for the personality of the dog.

As a pro-life organisation, it is committed to helping each and every dog it rescues – regardless of breed, size or background. Each dog is treated with kindness and dignity until such time as they find “the perfect match” in terms of their new home.

Speaking to the Fever, volunteer Kim Samuels said people at Project Dog are those who are crazy about dogs and want to help in any way they can.

“Helping out with the care of the rescued animals is a very small but committed network of foster homes. Our volunteers work with extremely limited resources and while they do their very best for the many animals in need, we simply can’t help them all,” she said.

“For this reason, we work mainly with abandoned or abused animals and are not always able to assist with re-homing of pets. It also means that we re-home only in those greater Durban areas which have a dedicated volunteer.”

She said that each of the pups are inoculated and dewormed, and they ask only for an adoption fee of R500 to contribute towards vaccination and veterinary costs (or sterilisation if the dog is old enough). “It goes without saying that any additional donations are put to very good use, and allow us to help more animals in need. We focus strongly on the sterilisation of dogs, ensuring that each female dog is spayed before they are homed, or if they are too young, an adoption contract is signed by the new owners agreeing that the puppy will be spayed at six months. We believe that this is vital in the prevention of unwanted litters which so often leads to the neglect and abuse of animals.”

However, Samuels said that the organisation relies on donations from the public to meet their constantly rising vet bills.

“We also receive lots of regular public donations of food, blankets, toys for pups, treats and chews. We are most grateful for this support and it is vital as it enables us to help more dogs in need,” she said.

“Please also be sure to "like" our Facebook page Project Dog Durban to see daily updates of what we have been up to. We currently home an average of 70 to 80 total of dogs and puppies a month,” she added.

For more information or to donate visit www.projectdog.co.za

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