A friend of mine recently received a hamster from her boyfriend, accompanied by a huge bouquet of red roses. “how adorable, it is the cutest gift ever!” However, over the years at ARO, we have come to see that this elated and warm fuzzy feeling is very much a temporary one and the novelty of owning this pet very quickly wears off.
2 – 3 months later, when the reality of cleaning, feeding and providing the hamster (or any other caged animal) with love and attention sets in, the pet very quickly becomes a nuisance and an escape route or alternate home is looked for.
All one needs to do is browse the likes of Gumtree, OLX, or other online classifieds and see the endless amount of ‘unwanted’ ‘free to a good home’ advertisements.
ARO encourages responsible pet care and prefers those who purchase caged pets to “see it through”, but we also realise that once the novelty has worn off, it is sometimes best to get the animal “out of there”…..
Many small caged pets have come to ARO like this.
Please educate both parents and friends about the responsibility of owning ANY pet before making the commitment.
Until next time,
ARO rescued rabbits – rabbits need space, do not place them in cages
The Animal Rescue Organisation will be hosting “ONE HEALTH ON MANDELA DAY” on the 18 July 2013 from 9am – 12 at our Head Quarters in Ottery.
This project is all encompassing as it includes animal healthcare, human healthcare and environmental sustainability. We have partnered with Phillipi SAPS and the Lotus River Health Clinic to make this day a success.
Community members are invited on the day, we plan to host a litter clean up and on completion we would like to serve each member from the surrounding informal settlement / area a cup of soup and bread as well as provide every animal treated with a gift.
Should the public wish to get involved, please contact Jessica Perrins 021 396 5511.
We are in need of volunteers to:
- Contribute towards the soup initiative – making soup prior to the event, serving soup on the day
- Clean Up – split into teams of 4 and clean the surrounding community
- Corporates can do collection drives – blankets, pet food, collars and leads, childrens clothing, toys
Do your bit for Mandela Day – if you cannot volunteer your time, donate R67 towards this initiative!
I look forward to reporting back on what we hope to be a very successful event and the first of many ‘ONE HEALTH’ days to come.
Until next time,
The Animal Rescue Organisation (ARO) has a new look! We will be unveiling this look during the course of July 2013.
The ARO staff and committee have spent hours of devising to reveal this fresh, modern new look, without forgetting our heritage and how ARO originated. As an organisation we felt it necessary to realign our brand and reflect the growth and accomplishment of ARO throughout its 27 years of existence.
Our new brand is to be carried through all of ARO’s digital and printed communications and marketing collateral; as well as the branding of our Charity Shops, vehicles and Mobile Animal Steriisation Unit (MASU). We hope to have this transition completed by the end of 2013.
The ARO would like to extend a huge thank you to MA Design for sponsoring the design and concept of our new logo and for taking our ideas and turning them into a reality.
Please feel free to comment on this post and give us your thoughts!
Until next time
Although pets are cute and offer unconditional love, they require a lifetime of commitment from you, their owner!
Having recently acquired a new member to my ‘ani-family’ I am able to experience first-hand not only the responsibilities of owning a pet but the costs involved too.
While they say you can’t put a price on love, it is wise to know just how much love you can afford and whether your lifestyle is suited to owning a pet.
Before making the decision, consider the following:
- Pets require attention and your time, if you live alone and work long hours, then perhaps pet ownership is not an ideal choice at this time. However, if like me, you work for an animal organisation, you can always enquire as to whether your furry companion can accompany you to work.
- Any pet you get should be suitable to your lifestyle and living arrangements. If you live in a flat, then a large or energetic breed is not a good choice. You don’t want your pet to become bored, as this can result in destructive behavior problems.
- Puppies and kittens require the most amount of work when it comes to house training. If you don’t have the time or finances to properly train your pets or don’t want your expensive shoes chewed or lounge suite damaged; then consider adopting an already house trained, adult pet. There are literally thousands of adult shelter dogs and cats looking for a place to call home. Give them a second chance.
- Owning a pet is a joy, but, as with everything else, there is quite a hefty price tag involved. Before adopting your pet, ask yourself, can I afford to keep a pet, as it is a long term commitment. Once you have considered the above, below are a few essential expenses you will need to budget for:
- A suitable dog bed or basket, blanket, collar, identity tag, lead, food and water bowls
- Pet food, treats, and tick and flea treatment (monthly expense)
- Routine Veterinary checks and annual vaccinations
- Sterilisation (usually done at 6 months)
- Socialisation training (optional)
If you adopt a breed of dog that is susceptible to medical conditions (hip dysplasia, spinal conditions, respiratory issues etc.) consider taking out a Pet Health Insurance – your veterinarian will be able to advise as to the various options available.
For those who have researched and understand the commitments of caring for an animal, and still feel you would like to add a four legged companion to your family, please visit a reputable welfare organisation and adopt one of the many animals in need of a good home. Alternatively, if you cannot adopt a pet at this current time, there are many ways to assist our needy four legged friends by supporting our online shop, fundraising events, via My School Card by making ARO a beneficiary, donating gifts in kind or cash – by doing any one of those things you will be supporting the many animals in or dependent on our care.
BUT, whatever you decide, have fun! Owning a pet is a privilege and will bring you endless years of joy!
Until next time
Jess and Jameson