Rescue dogs from the streets of Africa

by Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)
Rescue dogs from the streets of Africa
Rescue dogs from the streets of Africa
Rescue dogs from the streets of Africa
Rescue dogs from the streets of Africa
Rescue dogs from the streets of Africa
Rescue dogs from the streets of Africa
Rescue dogs from the streets of Africa
Rescue dogs from the streets of Africa
Rescue dogs from the streets of Africa
Rescue dogs from the streets of Africa
Rescue dogs from the streets of Africa
Rescue dogs from the streets of Africa
Rescue dogs from the streets of Africa
Rescue dogs from the streets of Africa
Rescue dogs from the streets of Africa
Rescue dogs from the streets of Africa
Rescue dogs from the streets of Africa
Rescue dogs from the streets of Africa

Dear Supporters,

I can't begin to tell you how Action Change has been helping us in such a short time to make our project better and long term sustainable. When I sat down with Tyrone, the CEO a few months ago I also started to cry with the incredible way they work. The resources and support they offer us to develop our project is just incredible and I took every element seriously but with limited funding and resources we had to prioritise and I feel I prioritised one thing wrong... that was Risk Management, it was a high priority for Tyrone and I wish I pushed it up our list. 

Last Sunday evening the most terrible incident happened where our Kennel Manager, a highly valued member of our team, was attacked by another animal while protecting our puppies. He was charged at by a pig with tusks that pulled open his leg and hit a main artery causing a serious bleed. Time was against us. We had less than 30 minutes to get him medical attention or he would have died. I still have visions now, I rushed him to the closest hospital but without medical cover we had no choice but to fund the treatment. 

It was 9pm on a Sunday night and I didn't know what to do so I reached out to Tyrone and his crisis management along with the Action Change team was simply incredible that I couldn't help but cry. He needed urgent surgery and a plastic surgeon and although we don't have the funds in our project Tyrone immediately implemented a crisis and put it on his personal credit card, the total cost was just over $8,000 USD and while we know he can't afford it like everyone working in our industry I promised to do my utmost to fundraise to pay it back. 

I know now that the support Action Change provide us is life-changing and while people might give me a negative feedback on social media for the situation, I really have taken it onboard and while rescuing the dogs is my priority I am open to help of Action Change and their skilled team to make sure we prevent and prepare for such disasters in the future.

Thankfully our team member that was attacked is now resting in hospital and recovering but it was the worst day for us, I am sorry to bring such terrible news and to ask you, our amazing supporters, for help once again. I promise to everyone that we will learn and do better and I am more motivated than ever! If anyone wants to know more then you can reach out to me by responding to this email or contacting hello@actionchange.org . I am sorry to have let you and Action Change down 

Thank you 

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Dear Friends and Family, 

This report is very sad to read....

Yesterday our emergency team was alerted to a doggie that had been neglected and had serious burns. Upon our arrival our team found a puppy that had been burnt with acid. The stench is something we will never erase from our senses. We don't want to go into detail of the extent of the situation but the pain this poor puppy must have been in is just terrible and the whole experience has really upset our team.

Our project leader rushed the puppy through to our amazing and trusted vet at a local animal hospital, our team has named him Dean and he has a very long road ahead of him and we pray he will pull through. Yesterday he had major surgery and the bill is already at $2,000 and although we don't have the funds in reserve we can't give up on Dean so the local vet has agreed we can set up an account while we fundraise to cover these costs. 

This project was set up to give these puppies a second chance and this is our biggest test, while we can't understand why this happens our priority now is geting Dean through but our team are also working with the police and we will ot rest until those responsible are brought to justice. 

It's a very sad day for us all and we pray Dean will be alright but if you can help us fundraise for his vet bill and recovery we would be thankful as every penny is really going to be needed for this one. 

Thank You!

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Rescued March 2022
Rescued March 2022

Dear Supporters,

Our team has been weekly visiting townships to offer free vaccinations to puppies and doggies to help try and fight the massive outbreak of distemper. This is a life threatening and huge problem spreading across South Africa, it costs $25 per vaccination and these are 100% funded by donors. While we do this for free in the townships every dog we meet has to also sign up for our strealisation project so we can help the fight against the number of dogs on the streets. We have over the past 12 weeks seen over 400 dogs and their vaccination and sterilization has been funded by generous donations. On top of this program your donations also allow us to provide emergency rescue of dogs in the townships and often this includes vet bills and emergency surgeries, we have had a huge rise in the number of dogs that need rescuing in 2022 and so our funds are critically low so we urgently need your help! 

Whilst conducting our house to house inspections for the Distemper outbreak the other day, this girly (photo above), staggering at her feet, severely malnourished and dehydrated came walking towards us as if begging to be helped. I immediately picked her up, light as a feather but she was burning up and had severe mange and sores all over her body. Naturally we feared Distemper, but luckily it was negative and she got admitted for critical care immediately, we too will save her life and give her a second chance and find her a fur'ever home. Her vet bill is around $500 so far and we hope she will soon be able to come back to our farm for treatment and care by our team before we find her a fur-ever home and we pawlease need your urgent help to cover this vet bills, every donation really does help our fur babies start a new future and we thank you for Joining Us on our mission!

Thank You,

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Dani before her life changed
Dani before her life changed

Dear Supporters, 

 

Working across South Africa our team are very well known and that is why we was not surprised to get a call from onne of our vets asking us to help a man and his pitball. 

The owner, a police officer was given our contact details for help with medical bills as his puppy needed urgent and critical surgery as he accidentally hit her with his car causing a bad break in her leg. We then said we will help and waited for him to call us, he did, he is a police officer and after explaining we would assist to raise the funds, as he had a big family and no funds, but that he would need to agree for us to sterilize her as well, this is the main part of our project to stop breeding and the number of dogs on the streets, he got very aggressive and said no he wants to breed with her. Luckily she was in the care of our vets then he called the vet and got aggressive with her on the phone too, making threats and said he wants his dog now and she explained she cannot as a vet that has taken an oath release a dog in her condition, knowing she will be dragging herself around unable to walk and be in her own urine and faeces, this didn't faze him, he said he didn't care, he wants her and he will breed with her, so the vet called our amazing project manager and she said according to the Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962, it's negligence especially denying her veterinary treatment, so securing our legalities Dani will not be released back to the owner, who is a police officer and should know the law and we will now undertake to save her life and after surgery and rehab, find her a fur'ever home. 

With your donations we was able to respond quickly to this emergency and fund the initial surgery for Dani, a few weeks later she found her future partner and owner while at the vets. A local community member that volunteers at the vets and works closely with us feel in love with Dani and so after surgery we begain the adoption process and Dani was re-homed with her new owner who has taken on her ongoing treatment. We spoke with her owner last week and he sent us this update we wanted to share with you....

"I tried my best to save her leg. Some days I had to change her bandage 4 times because her nerves in her foot bothered her so badly that one day she chewed down her middle toe, it was barely right then she also got her other toe and chewed it off a bit too. Lots of bandages and a few thousand rands later and after a lot of tests I made the hardest decision ever in my life to amputate her leg. Many tears later she is now a tripod and very happy, Dr Duandri who did her surgery, confirmed that the nerve in her leg was almost completely dead and that's why she tried to chew and gnaw at her leg all the time. Her other hind leg gets very heavy and we are now trying to save it with swimming and physio. Long slow process, because her other leg has already bent so badly and skewed. But we keep going until she lets me know she can no longer."
Another success story made possible because of your donations! 
We thank you 
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Ragnar and Max -The Rescued Puppies
Ragnar and Max -The Rescued Puppies

Last week our outreach team headed into a local township in South Africa to offer free vaccinations for Distemper as we have seen an alarming outbreak. If a dog contracts distemper the local authorities remove the dogs and put them down and the owners simply go out and get another dog and don't learn.

 

Therefore our outreach team is visiting the sites weekly to educate the locals and ensure we break this cycle. Offering a free vaccination also allows us to manage the alarming number of street dogs as we offer free care on the condition we sterilise their dog too, which we also fund through donations. This way we can help limit the number of puppies being born and left on the streets.

 

We love our program and the results are amazing as this is week 10 and it is the first time we had no deaths reported and no cases found of Distemper - success down to our team and you the donors that fund this amazing work! 

Sadly towards the end of our session we got reports of a neglected dog and so Maxine and I went to explore and I couldn't believe what we found. A poor dog was left in a dirty backyard with nothing, no owner in sight but we reported the location to the police and rescued him immediately. 

Named Ragnar, he literally was at death's door when we rescued him, I mean no dog can survive in that state. Admitted with our pawsome vets. Ragnar has now been discharged but not out of the woods at all. The scans show he has two foreign objects in his abdomen, from eating stones or rubbish, so our vets induced vomiting to see if it would come out, but it didn't, so now the only hope is he can pass them naturally and that it doesn't cause complications of any kind because he cannot be operated on in his state. So he is at the haven now, enjoyed a cool down in the little shell pool and loves his kennel.

My heart drops for this boy, because after all he has been through he is still wagging his tail, and he gives the best kisses. Sitting with him and cuddling him is medicine to my soul because I just cannot explain how amazing Ragnar is and that he factually is a living walking miracle.

We however have our rehab and treatment work cut out for us, he gets so out of breath just from standing and eating that he seems to get dizzy and falls over again. But it doesn't matter, whatever it takes, however long it takes, we will do everything to give Ragnar the best second chance in life, he not only deserves it but has earned it! 

On a brighter note, remember Max? The first puppy this project rescued was neglected and kept turning up at our township school. Well he is now adopted looking super healthy and has such loving new owners. The photo above shows Ragnar when we found him, Ragnar when released to us and Max in his new home.

 

Your donations are working so hard and really are life changing. We have an uphill fight on our hands but the passion of our team and your incredible donations means we will not give up!

 
Thank you,
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Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Tyrone Bennett
London, London United Kingdom
$6,040 raised of $10,500 goal
 
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