Donation will take care of sick dogs

2015-10-27 06:00
Marilyn Hoole, founder of Tears animal welfare organisation, and David Barritt of Network for Animals stand with the cheque for Vrygrond’s dogs. In the front are Luke Kruyt, Tears animal care manager, Griffen the dog and Tears operations manager Mand

Marilyn Hoole, founder of Tears animal welfare organisation, and David Barritt of Network for Animals stand with the cheque for Vrygrond’s dogs. In the front are Luke Kruyt, Tears animal care manager, Griffen the dog and Tears operations manager Mand

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For the next year and a half all the dogs in Vrygrond can be spayed, neutered and treated for diseases through a R50 000 donation from an overseas organisation.

British animal welfare organisation Network for Animals has donated the funds to Tears Animal Rescue, a local animal welfare organisation, to pay the medical care for neglected dogs in the area.

David Barritt, Network for Animals Africa director, says the donation is the beginning of an 18-month project for Vrygrond and its dogs.

“For the next year and a half we and Tears will help ensure that all the dogs in the area are spayed or neutered, treated for disease and monitored weekly,” he says.

Barritt says Vrygrond is an area where the residents and their dogs urgently need help.

“Network for Animals helps animals around the world. In South Africa we are helping to save rhino and elephants but we also care about domestic pets and we help out whenever we can,” he says.

He further says that there are a lot of children in the area who have been “victims of abuse and are cared for by small charities who scrape by”.

“Those kids have no toys, no books, no TV, but they often share a dog who becomes a focus for their love,” he says.

Luke Kruyt, an animal care manager at Tears who works in the area, says there are hundreds of dogs that need care.

“With the help of Network for Animals, we will tackle Vrygrond street by street, until we have spayed or neutered every dog we can, and ensured them proper veterinary care. We will also teach the people to properly care for their animals,” he says.

“What makes this work so rewarding is that both the people and the dogs are so grateful for what we do,” Kruyt adds.

A resident, Patricia Vertuin, runs a small shelter giving refuge to half a dozen children, all of whom were physically or mentally abused. Vertuin has a dog called Blackie and “he makes all the difference to the lives of these children”.

Blackie is getting on in years and needs veterinary treatment, but Vertuin cannot afford it. Network for Animals and Tears have promised they will look after him.

 

For more information contact Barritt on 082 603 3981.

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