#50Fifty Sterilisation birthday celebration

2018-09-25 06:01
Bruce Wilson, Sharnel Brown, and Carolyn Pierrot removing ticks from a pup.PHOTO: SUPPLIEd

Bruce Wilson, Sharnel Brown, and Carolyn Pierrot removing ticks from a pup.PHOTO: SUPPLIEd

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OVER the last 10 years, Bruce Wilson has become the go-to person in the Upper Highway community for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. He has been called out for rescues as diverse as injured duikers in people’s gardens, owls on the side of the road, and even a caracal in someone’s garden. During spring, it is quite normal to encounter Egyptian geese swimming in the bath when visiting his Sanctuary.

Wilson works in partnership with CROW (Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife) and is their official depot in the Upper Highway Area. The majority of the animals rescued are sent to CROW for long term rehabilitation and release. More recently, Wilson has become involved with a number of animal rescues, specifically those that rescue dogs.

Having studied canine behaviour, he often assists the various rescues with advice and practical support on specific situations. One of the biggest challenges facing these rescue organisations is the abundance of unwanted puppies that need homes. There are far more puppies being rescued than homes available.

Wilson decided to address this challenge at its source by focusing on the root cause — unsterilised adult dogs. Thus the #50Fifty Sterilisation Campaign was born.

The #50Fifty Sterilisation Campaign celebrates 50 years of Wilson’s life by attempting to raise enough money to sterilise 50 dogs in the communities that need it the most. To date, the campaign has raised enough funds for 18 dogs to be sterilised.

The #50Fifty Sterilisation Campaign partners with five rescue organisations that operate in the greater Durban area, one of which is KZN Valley Dogs.

KZN Valley Dogs operates a community outreach in the Inanda Valley. Various volunteers go every Sunday to provide food and basic first aid care to the Valley Dogs.

Wilson and his family recently joined one of these outreach days to learn more about what the organisation does.

It was incredible to see the community involvement and support. The team from KZN Valley Dogs command huge respect in the community. They travelled three different routes and each team was joined by the local children who help with the initiative.

In order to create a sense of responsibility, community members purchase additional food to feed their animals at a nominal amount, and this money then goes toward a portion of the community vet bills. Most of the food is donated.

Not only do KZN Valley Dogs feed the dogs, but they also provide primary health care to the dogs including tick removal, de-worming and wound cleaning. Where dogs require additional care, they are taken to Hillcrest Veterinary Clinic to get the required medical care. KZN Valley Dogs also looks for people to donate kennels and educates the community on how to take care of their pet’s basic needs.

It is these dogs from the valley that will benefit from the #50Fifty Sterilisation Campaign. As one woman said: “Please help me sterilise my dogs, I cannot afford any more puppies”.

We are appealing to the Upper Highway Community to support this initiative by donating to the #50Fifty Sterilisation Campaign. To achieve the goal of sterilising 50 Dogs, as a minimum, we need to raise R40 000.

You can visit us on Facebook at Sanctuary Project to learn more about #50Fifty. Donations can be made via EFT to our bank account or via our Backabuddy project 50-sterilizations-for-50-years. -Supplied

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