This Christmas we want to do more. We want to provide man’s best friend with a gift that will make a difference, improving their comfort and offering them shelter. South Africa endures blistering hot summers and icy cold winters, and for a dog that has no place of comfort these conditions are tough. This Christmas we want to help provide shelter to dogs in South Africa’s biggest township.
Wild at Heart Foundation partnered with SA MAST (South African Mass Animal Sterilisation Trust) in September 2017 and have provided funding for almost 200 neutering operations since uniting. Imagine the number of puppies that has saved from being born into an impoverished way of life!
SA MAST is directed by the driven and devoted Tamsin Nel, who works tirelessly to assist informal and disadvantaged areas in their urban renewal and rehabilitation. To date they have neutered, vaccinated and administered parasite treatment to over 15,000 animals in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. This has dramatically reduced the number of animals born into an already overburdened community and provided improved veterinary care to animals in need. And most importantly, SA MAST offers their services of free of charge.
Every dog we sterilise is audited for adequate home conditions. Where SA MAST recognise a lack and therefore a compromise to their welfare, they endeavour to provide a free kennel with a waterproof cushion. We want to help.
Nikki, our wonderful co-founder, will arrive in South Africa this weekend. Together with the team at SA MAST, the Kennel Build programme will commence! Each and every kennel will be made from scratch costing £20 each. It will provide a dog with shelter from the baking sun in the heat of summer, and the icy chill throughout the winter months.
Each kennel delivered also goes a very long way to encourage owners to identify with their dog as a sentient being, to invest in the day-to-day welfare of their companion, and prove to dubious owners of unsterilised dogs that we can be trusted and are there to help, not to harm. Aiming to cultivate a more empathetic and non-violent community is a mission that both SA MAST and Wild at Heart Foundation share.
Could you do more this Christmas? Donate just £20 to give a dog the shelter they so desperately need. Donate here: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/kennelsforchristmas