What began as a devastating turn of events for a local pet owner has turned into an outreach initiative that is helping hundreds of others.
Nazrudeen Adams, founder of Youth Pet Care in Lavender Hill, says: “Before I started Youth Pet Care, I had 11 puppies and all of them had parvo. The SPCA said it was going to cost R22 000 to treat them, but I was unemployed so I couldn’t afford it.”
Adams was forced to surrender the dogs as he could not treat them at home or afford the SPCA’s treatment. This sparked an idea for him to assist fellow pet owners in Lavender Hill by providing certain services they may not have access to or are unable to afford.
The initiative got off the ground at the end of October last year. Endorsed by the Guardians of the National Treasure, the community upliftment organisation provided the pet care group with tick and flea dip in a show of their support.
With a short shadowing period at the SPCA Cape of Good Hope under his belt, Adams began with giving dips. Now the group, which consists of six people, offers more services.
“We go around removing ticks, dipping the dogs and after we give the dog their dip, we also give the owners a bag of dog food. We work with Rescue Obsessed (a Western Cape group focused on animal assistance) and they can help with dogs. Now we are looking at kennels, and providing kennels and beds for dogs.”
When People’s Post spoke to Adams on Friday 8 January, he was preparing for a community dip where he would be dipping his beloved boerboel and pit bull, and encouraging residents to bring their dogs.
“Dipping is important because dogs can die from tick bite sickness.”
For the future, he says the group has big dreams for the wellness of the local pets and pets further afield in the Cape Town metro.
“Our vision is to have a pet clinic where the dog can come for treatment of worms and get vaccinated.
“The need in Lavender Hill is big, but the need in other communities is bigger. In the morning, I walk my dogs to Capricorn and sometimes I go to Philippi and I see the dogs that need help there.”
On Saturday 16 January, the group will host another free community dip and all residents are welcome.
The group is also appealing to any animal lovers who may be able to help with a monetary donation for supplies or a donation of items such as kennels, pet beds, tick and flea dip or any other animal products.