Celebrate World Animal Day next month

2015-10-01 06:00

WORLD Animal Day takes place on 4 October, the aim of which is to raise the status of animals to improve welfare standards around the globe.

There are many South Coast organisations that assist animals in need and every one goes to great lengths to prevent cruelty to animals.

Recently a Hibberdene man - Terrence Olivier - walked 142 kilometres to raise funds for the sterilisation of 142 pets and to donate 142 pet food hampers to pensioners who owned pets.

Olivier is the director of the non-profit organisation, Rainbow Warriors South Africa.

If you would like to donate or cannot afford to sterilise your pet, email dream skills1@live.com

The SPCA will have a pet blessing service on Saturday, 3 October at the SPCA grounds at 9.30am to acknowledge World Animal Day.

“We will be starting our Animal Week display at Shelly Centre, in front of the Hub, the next day. We encourage people to come and support us,” said SPCA manager, Michael Muller.

The organisation will also be showcasing some of the work it deals with, which animals are up for adoption as well as promote its new High 5 campaign.

The Hibiscus Animal Welfare, run by Elaine Stiebel, is also a registered non-profit organisation.

“We work closely with the Uvongo SPCA when there are matters that deal with cruelty to animals. They also give the organisation a good rate for pet sterilisations,” said Steibel.

One of the Hibiscus Animal Welfare’s aim is to sterilise feral cats and dogs and provide them with food and water.

“We deal more with cats than dogs because they breed at an exponential rate. Once they are sterilised, we return them to their habitat and feed them every day,” she said.

Scottburgh-based organisation, 4 Paws and a Tale rescues, sterilises and re-homes abandoned, abused and neglected animals in the Scottburgh, Umkomaas, Amanzimtoti and surrounding areas.

“We also feed strays and animals in the townships and underprivileged areas. We believe these animals deserve freedom from fear, abuse, hunger and thirst,” said Nicky Koekemore from 4 Paws and a Tale.

She said its long-term goal is to find a property where the organisation can take in animals.

“We will need to raise funds for this as well as build kennels and play areas. Saving just one dog won’t change the world, but it will change the world for that one dog.”

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