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Rescue, Rehab and Re-home Street Dogs in Africa

by Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)
Rescue, Rehab and Re-home Street Dogs in Africa
Rescue, Rehab and Re-home Street Dogs in Africa
Rescue, Rehab and Re-home Street Dogs in Africa
Rescue, Rehab and Re-home Street Dogs in Africa
Rescue, Rehab and Re-home Street Dogs in Africa
Rescue, Rehab and Re-home Street Dogs in Africa
Rescue, Rehab and Re-home Street Dogs in Africa
Rescue, Rehab and Re-home Street Dogs in Africa
Rescue, Rehab and Re-home Street Dogs in Africa
Rescue, Rehab and Re-home Street Dogs in Africa
Rescue, Rehab and Re-home Street Dogs in Africa
Rescue, Rehab and Re-home Street Dogs in Africa
Rescue, Rehab and Re-home Street Dogs in Africa
Rescue, Rehab and Re-home Street Dogs in Africa
Rescue, Rehab and Re-home Street Dogs in Africa
Rescue, Rehab and Re-home Street Dogs in Africa
Rescue, Rehab and Re-home Street Dogs in Africa
Rescue, Rehab and Re-home Street Dogs in Africa
Our Once Beloved Rescue Centre
Our Once Beloved Rescue Centre

 

Last night 10pm a fire ravaged through our rescuse centre/farm in South Africa and we only have ashes left.

We have been dealt with severe difficulty especially with extreme financial pains with funders struggling themselves with the high increased living costs and rebuilding lives post covid. We are struggling I just cannot understand why us, why this had to happen now too, why do we work so hard not for ourselves but for the overwhelming need that animals are in

As I look at the ashes of what was once home to Tinkie our farm lady who looks after all our rescued animals, as well as home to our free roaming cats and Boere our dog who came to the haven one day and never left and surveys the haven at night, I feel sick to my stomach.

The wind just revved up the flames, everything started exploding and we couldn't get all our animals out, sadly some got burned, in desperation we depleted our 3 fire exstinguishers, grabbing sand and branches, because it was loadshedding and we didn't have water, the wind was blustering and it was like standing in the pit of hell itself. Local residence heard our cry for help and many pitched up to help us including local security forces and local farmers came to our aid with tractors and water and eventually the fire servcie turned up with three trucks but it was too late to save anything. 

All our animals are okay but we have a few at the vet's being treated for burns and smoke damage, which is another cost we must find a way to pay but we can't say no to these animals in need. The person that started the fire has been caught and is in custody at the police station and we hope the case sticks but without insurance we are sitting here left with nothing. 

Action Change have been amazing and come to our aid to help us but together we need to urgently appeal for emergency funds to house everyone and start to rebuild. It currently looks like we have around $10,000 worth of damage which is a huge amount for us to get back on track but we have faith and dedicated team of people and we hope to be able to rebuild as our project is critical to the survival of these animals. 

I am sorry to write such a bad report before the festive season but we have been taken to our knees within just 2 hours from an evil act and we now need your help more than ever before. I know that governments are charging us more and the cost of living is so much higher and many of you would love to help but also face your only daily struggles so if you can't donate we would be greatful if you can share our story with others and we hope someone will come to our rescue but for now we will not give up our fight! 

Thank you so much for reading and being apart of us, we really value you all! 

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MJ at the Vets
MJ at the Vets

Dear Suppawters,

MJ is our ambassador and puppy warrior here in Cape Town. He was Rescued and went through intensive rehab when he came to us a couple of years ago, now staying at our haven awaiting adoption he sadly was taken sick last week. 

The vets have been working on the swelling and drained fluid over the weekend but ultimately we had no choice to give the go ahead for a procedure to be done where he is put under anesthesia and then biopsies of all his organs are taken to ascertain severetiy and spread. But there is fluid now in his left lung so this has been halted.

Our course forward is to give him diuretics to remove all fluid build up so that we can proceed with this operation, in order to find a confirmed name as well as a potential way forward for treatment because there is that potential treatment, based on all findings however all our funds have been spent on food over the past 8 weeks as we have been forced to rescue so many puppies that our farm is full and the team are working around the clock on rehab and re-homing efforts. 

We have even had to pause our amazingly needed outreach efforts as we don't have funding. It's a critical time for us and we are working on every possible solution to cut our funding to ensure the 25 dogs we have that need our attention right now get it but we know this comes at a huge cost to other puppies on the streets of the townships being used for fighting or being abused by gangs. 

We need to get back out there but we can only do it through the support of donors, if you can please share our stories and help us bring in some critical funding and monthly donors so we can get our project back on track! 

 

Thank You

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Introduction 

Many people get a dog to help fight crime but living in poverty are unable to look after them. Working with local agencies and non profits we aim to provide emergency care, rescue and adoption along with managing the number of stray animals on the streets..

Report 

It is a full time job rescuing these animals providing emergency care and re-homing them but we can't do this without the support of our donors and supporters. This project will work to fund emergency management, re-home rescued puppies and work on an outreach program to help sterilisation of all dogs that are on the streets or poorly cared for in a response to help decrease the amount of puppies being born on the streets. This project is really in deep need of support as many of their corporate sponsors have pulled out due losses suffered because of the COVID pandemic. 

Thank you for your support

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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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Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Tyrone Bennett
London, London United Kingdom
$7,886 raised of $10,500 goal
 
72 donations
$2,615 to go
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