DARG looks for help with a vehicle

2019-06-25 06:01
The van that the organisation has in mind.

The van that the organisation has in mind.

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Domestic Animal Rescue Group (DARG) a pro-life animal shelter based in Hout Bay needs help in securing a vehicle so that they can continue with what they do best – saving animals.

The facility rehabilitates and re-homes lost, abandoned, abused and neglected animals.

DARG also educates local disadvantaged communities, in particular, their children on how to care for their animals. In March, they celebrated their 20th birthday.

Besides the over 200 animals at their facility, DARG also helps dogs and cats in the surrounding lower-income communities of Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg.

“We assist these communities by doing sterilisations, emergency veterinary care, basic pet care and general veterinary treatments,’’ says DARG’s managing director Faustina Gardner.

To continue with the work they do, they quickly need to replace the vehicle that they have, as it is old and has been giving them a lot of problems lately. Their van is used for a lot of things and without it, it becomes difficult for them to do their day-to-day duties.

“Our bakkie is used as an ambulance to take injured animals from Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg to the vet, and to rescue abused and/or abandoned animals. At present, we are sterilising up to 20 animals a week which need to be transported for surgery and then returned to their owners.

“Our vehicle is used to collect donations of dog or cat food, along with clothing, household items or furniture for our garage sales that help pay our vet bills. We also pick up hay barrels and food for the farm animals and our vehicle is used for fundraising events,” says Gardner.

Without a vehicle, they can’t pick up big donations because of the stress on the axle. “When our vehicle is in for repairs we have to rely on volunteers or the office staff to take animals to the vet. Even then, we can’t take contagious dogs or cats in our cars because we all have our own dogs and cats,” Gardner says.

Their hope is to get a bakkie with a canopy and apart from saving animals, the bakkie can also be very handy should it be needed in the local community. “For example, in 2017 there was a terrible fire in Hout Bay and DARG assisted hundreds of residents from Imizamo Yethu with food, water and clothing drop-offs. We assist with emergency relief, and a bigger vehicle will help us to reach more people and animals,” she says

Though they are trying to raise money for this bakkie they are also faced with a challenge of having to raise funds for their monthly costs. “Our fundraising events are all aimed at raising enough money to pay our running costs which equate to R220 000 per month.

“We really need help with a new vehicle as soon as possible. Our current bakkie is on it’s way out and has given us a number of problems. We are still using our old vehicle but we are doing so sparingly as we don’t want to have a breakdown with animals on board,” she explains.

V To help DARG call 021 790 0383 or email dargdays@gmail.com.

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