COLLECTION TIN THEFT

The Animal Rescue Organisation is losing out on hundreds of rands in donations due to collection tins, being stolen from shop counters or individuals posing as staff members and removing tins.

A snapshot of a suspected thief, who has been seen in the Helderberg area is on file and has been given to all shop managers in the vicinity. We have over a thousand tins situated on shop counters in and around the Cape Metropole, and they bring in over R12 000 per month, this is a significant amount and one which assists ARO greatly.

Despite the recent thefts, members of public wanting to donate / place money in the tins should not hesitate, we are keeping a close eye on all our tins and it is now compulsory that each tin is secured to the shop counter by chain and only persons with an ID card may collect a tin.

I am not posting this article to put the public off donating via our collection tins, as it is a vital part of our monthly income, however, we are appealing to all shop owners and employees to be more vigilant. Shop owners and employees are to request identification from the person removing a tin, especially if they do not provide a replacement tin.

I would like to thank all the outlets that allow us to place our collection tins on their counters, it is greatly appreciated, and all the small change is making a BIG difference.

If you have any further information or to request a collection tin be placed in your shop, kindly contact the Animal Rescue Organisation on 021 396 5511.

Until next time

Jess

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ONE HEALTH on MANDELA DAY 18 JULY 2013

MandelaDayFlyer (2)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,

Jess

The Ins and Outs of Pet Ownership

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)
  • Microchip
  • 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

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Blanket Appeal

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Blankets given in goodie bags during our Sterilisation Campaign in Honour of Mandela Day 2012

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Blankets given in goodie bags during our Sterilisation Campaign in Honour of Mandela Day 2012

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Blankets are used extensively during our MASU sterilisation trips. They are needed to ensure the animals are kept warm when coming round from anesthetic.

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Each animal that receives treatment in our hospital is provided with a blanket in their kennel.

A chill in the air and rainy afternoons, winter is on its way. The ARO can house up to 65 animals per day. Each animal that comes into our care needs to be fed, have proper shelter, attention and love. With the winter months ahead of us we require additional food to ensure the animals keep warm, because their bodies are burning additional energy to keep warm; all animals require at least a half a cup of food extra per day.

Our need for cat and dog food remains a priority. To date we use about half a ton of pet food per month; this rate is continuously increasing. Therefore we rely greatly on the generosity of the public and the donations we receive.

With the recent spate of cold and wet weather; the need for blankets remains critical at the Animal Rescue Organisation (ARO). We are appealing to the public to please donate blankets to ARO. Preferably fleece blankets as they dry quickly in this weather.

We encourage the public as well as corporates to challenge thier staff and contribute toward this worthy dirve. Donations can be dropped at our Charity Shops – 51 Main Road, Bergvliet 021-7157525;  Belmont Rd, Kalk Bay 021-7881195 and 16 Voortrekker Rd, Bellville  021-9480773 or alternatively contact Julia Green at our offices on 021 396 5511 to arrange for a collection.

Please share this post with all your animal loving friends, and together we can make winter a little brighter!

Until next time,

Jess

Our biggest Best Friends Dog Walk to date!

A record 400 people and 300 dogs took part in the Best Friends Dog Walk on Sunday 28 April 2013 at Nitida Wine Estate in Durbanville.

The beautiful vineyard hosted hundreds of dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds accompanied by their owners both young and old who together helped raise R10 000 for the Animal Rescue Organisation (ARO).

It was great to see so many walkers and their dogs supporting the Animal Rescue Organisation and enjoying themselves.  We had nothing but positive feedback from the walkers who participated and look forward to seeing you at our next walk.

I would like to extend a big thank you to our venue sponsor Nitida Wines, all our volunteers and staff who assisted with the event and especially to the public for supporting ARO.

 I have included some photographs from the event, to view all the photos taken by both our photographer and staff members, view the album on our facebook page.

The Animal Rescue Organisation will be hosting the next Best Friends Dog Walk later in 2013.  For more information on this and many more events visit www.animalrescue.org.za or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Until next time,

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Reality Check

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Every so often we find ourselves asking, “Are we really making enough of a positive difference? “The answer to this frequently asked question by almost everyone involved with animal welfare is yes and I am absolutely certain that if animals could talk they would agree that despite the seemingly insurmountable odds together we can and do make a difference to the lives of so many otherwise unfortunate animals – even if it means one dog at a time because to that dog, we mean the world.  We represent hope!

Today we were once again given a stark reminder of the reason for our existence and incredible contribution that everyone at Animal Rescue Organisation makes when all of our hard work and tireless efforts at winning the hearts and minds of our beneficiary community was rewarded by the kindly deed of a local farm worker who because he has faith and confidence in what we do decided to bring us his neighbours neglected and abandoned dog and litter of young puppies all yelping for her attention and trying to suckle on her already visibly over-taxed body.

The gentleman who had brought her in from one of the nearby farms explained that it was his neighbour’s dog; however, the neighbour had moved and simply abandoned his pet and her puppies to an unimaginable fate…

Despite the desperate case that we were faced with, it undoubtedly proved that we are making a difference as this caring individual went out of his way to bring the mother with her pups to our clinic.

With the Cape’s cold, wet winter months fast approaching, many township animals are struggling to survive and cope leaving it up to us and our allies to alleviate their plight and properly fulfill our rescue mandate but because the scale of the challenge is so big we will never be able to single-handedly win the day.

As we receive absolutely NO government funding our ability to continue performing miracles day after day is dependent on your continued support, understanding and generosity for which we are so grateful but now more than ever we need to appeal for your continued support and as, generosity.

So, please support our events, arrange an affordable monthly debit order, donate via sms, place your small change in our collection tins or if you prefer, give a gift in kind… no matter how small the gesture it makes a BIG difference to the lives of those that would otherwise have no choice and who have no voice to express their dire plight..

Shop for a Cause – FREE!

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Everyone who wants to help animals is feeling the pinch financially and with the ever increasing cost of living it isn’t easy to make monthly contributions or attend fundraising events.

The My School card enables you to raise funds for the Animal Rescue Organisation, just by swiping! All you have to do is register for a card, make ARO your beneficiary (or one of 3 beneficiaries in total) and swipe your card every time you shop at participating stores including Woolworths and Reggies.

To find out more and to register for your own My School card today visit https://www.myschool.co.za/supporter/apply/?beneficiary=6937 . My School is FREE but helps ARO to continue working for those who cannot speak!

Should you require any further information please contact Jessica 0213965511 or jessica@animalrescue.org.za