Local couple are dogs’ best friends

2015-05-20 06:00
Janette Wood at Wells Estate grooming one of the dogs from the neighbourhood.

Janette Wood at Wells Estate grooming one of the dogs from the neighbourhood. Photo: SUPPLIED

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A PASSION to improve the lives of animals in the poorer communities of Motherwell and Wells Estate has led a Bluewater Bay couple and their friend to join forces and start the Izinja (dogs) project.

The project was established in March last year by Janette and Brian Wood and their friend, Hazel Grey.

It seeks to establish in township residents a sense of responsibility for and pride in their animals.

“Our main focus is sterilisation, regular dipping and deworming, and assisting and advising on general health and shelter. By working hand-in-hand with the community, we believe the lives of the animals and their owners will be uplifted,” Janette said.

From April to December last, a total of 106 sterilisations and 40 kennels were issued. She said their aim for this year was 120 sterilisations, at a cost of R30 000. “We have already managed to raise a third of the money required.”

Brian said, “Ideally, no dogs should be chained, but the reality is that many are. If owners insist on chaining their dogs, we provide a running chain, so the dog has more freedom.”

Another friend of the Woods, Penny Kruger, said that after seeing the dedication of Izinja to animal care, she and several other friends had decided to help by collecting old blankets and old kennels that Brian could repair and donate to people.

She said they were also collecting plastic ice-cream containers which made water containers for dogs and used two-litre cooldrink bottles for the dip mixture given to the residents.

“This is a very demanding task and we are up to it, but we need sponsors to help with the sterilisation.

If we could get one’s co-operation or several people to donate to the cause, it would go a long way towards the care of these animals,” Brian said.

For more information on Izinja, visit www.izinjahelp.wix.com/izinja or email izinjahelp@gmail.com, or visit their Facebook page, Izinjak9

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