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Mar 9, 2020

HELP ALLEVIATE MISERY FOR ANIMALS IN CAPE TOWN

GLOBALGIVING REPORT – MARCH 2020

HELP ALLEVIATE MISERY FOR ANIMALS IN CAPE TOWN

 Dear GlobalGiving Supporters

We are so blessed to be part of the GlobalGiving Family, which has afforded us the opportunity of being introduced to so many caring donors, who have supported our Project.  The generosity of all you special donors is greatly appreciated, as your contributions mean that we can fulfil our Project objectives of providing free sterilisations and primary healthcare (vaccinations, deworming and defleaing) services to the animals of Vrygrond (Capricorn) and surrounding settlements.

 The challenge is sometimes daunting, as the number of animals needing our help is overwhelming, but, just knowing that we have your support, our valued and compassionate donors, who champion our cause, motivates us to do our best for the animals and their owners in these severely impoverished communities.  Our previous Reports advised that we had helped 93 dogs and cats (June to August 2019), and a further 101 (October to November 2019).  For the period November 2019 to February 2020 we sterilised and provided primary healthcare for 97 needy animals in Vrygrond, making a total of 291 companion animals helped over a 9 month period.

 We have a heart-warming story to share with you, which emanates from a settlement known as Overcome Heights, in the heart of the greater Vrygrond area.  Our Animal Welfare Assistant was handed a dear nine week old puppy, who was unwanted.  Yuki, as we called her, which means “Happiness”, in Japanese, had a severe overburden of ticks; both her ears and paws were infested with ticks, and she was in a critically compromised condition.  She was rushed to our hospital where our Vet, Dr Sabastian, treated her to destroy the ticks, and did a blood smear to test for biliary and ehrlichia, which are tick borne diseases.  Little Yuki tested positive for both; she was a very sick little puppy, and was immediately given a blood transfusion.  We did not know whether she would survive, but these little township puppies are resilient, and Yuki is well on the way to recovery, in the care of our volunteer Vet who is fostering her.

 Many photos have been taken of Yuki, and we have great pleasure in sharing some of these with you, including a video, as well as other photos taken in January, while our team were working in Vrygrond.

 Our work in these areas would not be possible without the wonderful support of those who care about our Project and the work we do, and we thank you for assisting us, through your contributions, to help relieve the plight of animals in distress and fight the scourge of cruelty, abuse and neglect, which confront us on a daily basis.  We believe that the only way to tackle pet overpopulation and the resultant misery, is through sterilisation, and your contributions have certainly helped us to mitigate the problem.

 WITH HEARTFELT THANKS

MARILYN HOOLE

05.03.20


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Dec 6, 2019

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, DEAR GLOBALGIVING FRIENDS

Dear GlobalGiving Friends

Your ongoing support of our Project has enabled us to continue with our vital work in the severely impoverished communities of Vrygrond (Capricorn), and we thank you most gratefully for your compassion and caring, thereby helping us to alleviate the misery for so many animals.

Your valued contributions provide primary healthcare and sterilisation services, with  companion animals requiring veterinary treatment, being admitted to our hospital, where they can be treated for almost any condition, illness or injury, by our resident veterinarian.

Since our last Report in September, we are delighted to advise that so many more animals have been helped with primary healthcare treatment (vaccination, deworming, and parasite control, as well as sterilisation,  and during the period September to November, we sterilised a total of 101 animals (62 dogs and 39 cats). 

By preventing puppies and kittens from being born, we are certainly making a huge difference; sterilisation saves lives, and prevents so much cruelty, abuse, neglect and suffering.  Heartfelt thanks for helping us, through your meaningful contributions, to relieve the plight of animals in distress; we cannot achieve our objectives without your support!

With grateful thanks

MARILYN HOOLE

DIRECTOR / PROJECT LEADER

06.12.19

Sep 9, 2019

HEARTFELT THANKS TO OUR DONORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT

Dear GlobalGiving Donors

It gives us great pleasure to provide this Report, and advise you how, thanks to your caring support of our Project, we have been able to help the animals and their owners in the impoverished communities of Vrygrond (Capricorn):

While some residents in Vrygrond (Capricorn) live in brick and mortar houses, life is hard for the majority, who exist in inhumane conditions, living cheek by jowl in little shacks, with no proper infrastructure.  This is especially true of a settlement known as Overcome Heights, where residents live in squalor, especially in winter when the undeveloped roads become flooded, affecting their homes and making life very difficult.

But, in spite of these desperate conditions, the residents try to remain positive, and it is so uplifting for us to be involved and to help them with their companion animals.  With unemployment at around 80%, the residents are extremely poor and can barely afford to feed themselves, let alone provide the necessary care for their animals.  Through the generosity of donors via GlobalGiving, we have been able to provide support for some of the residents, ensuring that their pets are sterilised, vaccinated, dewormed and given parasite treatment. There is a huge animal overpopulation problem in these areas, many of the animals are in terrible condition and are starving, and because the animals live in such close proximity to their owners, there is a great risk that parasitic diseases will spread from companion animals to their owners (zoonosis).   By keeping their animals healthy, we are helping the owners to be healthy too, by mitigating the spread of these diseases.  With every sterilisation, TEARS Animal Rescue provides a bag of food for the pet, ensuring that it has regular nourishment post operation. 

Many of the residents love their pets, and want the best for them, not wanting them to breed, and it is thus so heart-warming to experience the positive response when we visit these areas, with people flocking to our vehicles, begging for help. We have a long way to go; there are just hundreds upon hundreds of animals who need help.  But, with the GlobalGiving donor funds, we have made a start and in the three months June to August, have sterilised, vaccinated, dewormed and given parasite treatment to 93 dogs and cats! 

We are most grateful to our compassionate donors via the GlobalGiving platform, who have contributed so generously to our Project, and express our heartfelt appreciation for your interest in our Project and your support.  It is you, the donor, who makes our work possible, and we thank you for helping us to make a difference in the lives of those creatures who have no voice, and who rely on us, through your contributions, to uplift their lives, and turn tears of sadness to tears of joy.

I trust that the photos which I have shared with you, will help you to have a better understanding of the areas in which we work and the people and animals we help.

 
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