CT animal shelter given 3 months to vacate premises

2014-04-01 15:31
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Meet Lungisa, yet another victim of neglect

One of the largest animal welfare organisations in the country has been given three months to vacate their premises. Lungisa here is one of 500 animals that is being cared for.

Cape Town - A Cape Town rescue centre has been given 3 months to vacate their premises where they are caring for about 500 animals, potentially placing them on "death row". 

Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre, one of the largest animal welfare organisations in the country, was informed by letter on Thursday, so the count-down already has begun. It is to make way for a housing project. 

 Said Denay Saunders, Uitsig founding member and director: “The horror, fear, sadness and panic I feel is barely kept in check by my absolute determination and belief that a way can be found.

"As I walk around our centre I am greeted with such joy. Their smiles and wagging tails remind me that they are all so unique, all so precious, and all so deserving of that second chance.”

 The greatest need was for a property to which they could relocate, Saunders said, should it be impossible for them to get an extension of their lease.

The property will be held in Trust. A Trust fund also has been set up. (See
Uitsig’s Facebook page)

Saunders said that a new shelter would cost about R5m. 

But despite this sword hanging over their heads, Uitsig continues to fight for the lives of the abused, defenceless and “discarded”.

The latest addition being a dog so emaciated that they can’t tell the exact breed – possibly Rotti-x. 

They’ve named him
Lungisa – Zulu for “fix me”.

Said Uitsig's Andre Verbiest: "He was so weak catching him posed no problem. Picked him up as he barely weighs 11kg and was covered in tics!

 "I have in all my years never seen another so emaciated," he said, adding "I will go to any length to preserve his life and see him going to a deserving home".

*Uitsig is a pro-life non-profit organisation.

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