Out of the fire and into rehab

2015-09-08 06:00
Dawn Boch on the left and Megan Reid on the right at Grassy Park SPCA. 

astrid Februarie

Dawn Boch on the left and Megan Reid on the right at Grassy Park SPCA. PHOTO: astrid Februarie

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The SPCA of Good Hope in Grassy Park wildlife rehabilitation division received a much-needed donation from Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty in Tokai.

The funds donated to the wildlife section of the SPCA comes as a result of a property sold in Zwaanswyk.

Dawn Bloch, a property consultant at the realty agency, says she informed Megan Reid of the SPCA about a month ago that it had been selected for the R20 000 donation, a part of the sale commission on the property.

“The property we sold is near the Tokai forest and was burnt down in the recent fires. To acknowledge the work done by Megan’s division in rehabilitating the animals of the Tokai forest we decided to give them a portion of the money made on the sale,” she says.

Badly burntBloch says three homes in Zwaanswyk were badly affected by the fires and one of them burnt to the ground.

“At 3 Almondbury Lane, although the main house was burnt down, the guest cottages were spared. Part of the main house as well as the whole of the cattery at Purr-more in Thorpe Close also burned down,” she says.

She says extensive damage was also done to trees and fencing, including those at Sahibi, which is a 12-acre property with a main residence and several livery stables.

“In spite of the devastation to the area, the property market has quickly stabilised as residents have repaired fences and cleared the debris in record time, restoring the area as far as possible to its pre-fire pristine state,” Bloch says.

Reid says they are extremely grateful for the donation and have already put ideas together as to what the money can be used for.

“At the moment the SPCA have three vehicles and it would be great if we could have another to do our work more effectively,” she says.

They also have plans to establish an indigenous garden for the tortoises so that they can roam free among the plants and trees.

“We want the wildlife division to be a home where the animals can walk around freely without being stuck in a cage all day. This also helps with their rehabilitation progress,” she says.

During the fires the division rehabilitated a number of animals, including tortoises, porcupines and snakes.

Some of the animals have been released while others are still being looked after. Once these animals have completely recovered a decision will be made about where they will go.

“We managed to save two porcupines. Despite all effort by myself and my team three porcupines did not make it,” she says.

The wildlife division’s facility is mainly used for short-term care, and if further attention needs to be given to animals they are sent to various rehabilitation facilities.

Reid says they are not looking for more volunteers at this stage, but if anyone is interested they can contact the SPCA wildlife division and go through screening.

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