Rescuing animals for a living

2018-04-03 06:00
Kay Sargent, the founder of Animal Lodge Rescue with her dog.PHOTO: Phindile Shozi

Kay Sargent, the founder of Animal Lodge Rescue with her dog.PHOTO: Phindile Shozi

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WITH an intense love for animals, Upper Highway resident Kay Sargent first decided to volunteer to look after people’s pets when they went on holiday.

Sargent loved the animals as if they were her own, and even adopted a few when she discovered that the owners were leaving the country.

After many successful adoptions and a house full of pets, Sargent decided to open a non-profit organisation (NPO), the Animal Lodge Rescue, to give in to her passion of looking after animals.

Sargent doesn’t only look after the animals but she also trains them and then looks for foster homes for them.

“People bring in dogs that are not trained and we have to start afresh. Usually they climb fences. If the dog gets a foster home and it’s not well-behaved, that will cause a problem as they will bring the animal back,” she said.

She emphasised that she does not take in strays as they are an NPO and she has limited funds available.

“If ever someone brings in a stray, I advise them to take it to SPCA because I can’t shelter an animal I don’t know. I need to know if the animal has been vaccinated for rabies and other diseases.

“Rabies is such a huge concern for KwaZulu-Natal and I don’t want to risk anything so I require everyone who brings in their dogs to produce a rabies certificate to be on the safe side,” said Sargent.

Sargent said that she only uses Facebook to look for foster homes for her rescues.

“I’m constantly on Facebook trying to get homes for my dogs and if there is anyone interested they send me a message and I will respond gladly.”

She also asked the community to assist her NPO if they are able to.

“My Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital bill is huge.

“I have a lot of friends who help me with the dog food and towels so those who might want to lend a hand by donating money can just take it to the Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital because my bill is high.

“They can say they are donating to the Animal Lodge Rescue.”

For more information on the organisation, log on to Facebook: KZN Dog Adoptions SA.

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