An Impassioned Plea – Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre
Everywhere we look there is an outcry to help save something, whether animal, plant or child, someone is trying to highlight a cause. So many carry the gauntlet for another and it is not only in our own back yard or town; there is an outcry in every country across the world. It’s representative of society today and it makes one wonder whether we actually stand a chance of getting it right. This is why we are reaching out to you, to get an anonymous response to an ageless question “can you help?”
Animal Welfare; with so many organisations you learn of the atrocities and impossible situations that brought them to be and that have thankfully been overcome but there are also those who are only guilty by circumstance of birth, being too old or the novelty of their existence having worn off, the ‘throw away’ pet.
If we are lucky they are handed over with numerous excuses as to why they must be taken in, otherwise they are dumped alongside the road, shooed away or left to fend for themselves. This is where Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre has stepped up to the plate, to welcome with open arms and offer sanctuary. Uitsig Animal Rescue is an organisation that has created a safe space for animals in need without placing any onus on circumstance of how they came to be there.
Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre is situated in Joostenbergvlakte approximately 40 klm from Cape Town, bordering on the edge of Fisantekraal in the Republic of South Africa.
The Centre rents approximately 12 hectares of the original Uitsig Farm from Garden City Properties who purchased the property 13 years ago, the land has been earmarked for low income housing in the future but no dates have been given.
The Centre’s mission is to give sanctuary to animals in need ensuring their welfare and wellbeing, and ultimately finding new homes with loving families. They strive to better the lives of neglected and abused animals; and animals living that do not have the same privileges as others due to the economics of this country.
For anyone the burden of responsibility would be great, for Denay Saunders, founder member, it is personal as one can see with her ‘no nonsense’ approach that as soon as they arrive at the Centre and they are under her care they become family. There is no glitz or glamour, just the will to make it work and this is instilled in all staff members when they come on board and with such the Uitsig family has grown.
Over and above supplying the basic needs of food, water, shelter and care, all dogs and cats are sterilised to help combat the current overpopulation as statistics show that with things are they are one animal can produce through their bloodline an average of 100,000 offspring in just a five year period. Secondly, on average 100,000 dogs and cats are being destroyed in the same amount of time!
Living on the farm precautionary treatments are given on a monthly basis as a preventative rather than cure. Upon arrival all animals are examined, treated, vaccinated and de-wormed this then becomes part of a monthly health care routine. The Centre provides the basic needs and endeavours to give ‘care’ to the animals but having such vast numbers it proves difficult to give ‘time’ to that one ingredient so inherent to man, namely Love. There is nothing that competes with the feeling of love, we’ve all been there and know how important it is to feel that we belong, and that we have finally ‘come home’. Animals are no different, especially the dog…
Therefore education concerning diet, health, training and breeding are areas in which Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre has set up programs to reach out to the communities so that their motto of “changing lives ONE by ONE” cover the adage of “one man and his dog!”.
It is the Centre’s mission to re-home the majority of animals through adoption. Rehabilitation is of the utmost importance to ensure that once an animal has been placed in a home it is a match that is permanent to prevent any further trauma of rejection. A qualified Animal Behaviourist is available for back up support to assist with the settling in period, aftercare and follow up on-line access.
Furthermore, Uitsig wishes to create work opportunity by training in the making of animal friendly products, placing the onus on craft as it is the Centre’s intention to show them ‘how to fish’, for example; kennels can be made from an old car tyre, a dog bed from a worn-out sweatshirt!
Sadly, the public today seems to be stimulated to action through tragedy; but depicting a sad story to get a response is against all that the Centre stands for. Uitsig prefers celebration to degradation, to show an outcome of what is achieved is to share a smile, a knowing that they have kept their promise and they have done what was intended. Uitsig concentrates on bringing public interaction to the Centre through volunteer programs hoping to instill a sense of wanting to become part of “our family and other animals”, so that it becomes recognised as part of the community.
Alas in today’s economic time this could be seen as a romantic notion as without the relevant funding such an ‘open door’ policy could lead to jeopardising that which has already been achieved. It has therefore proven imperative to look for regular funding and support to cover the basic monthly overheads. Public and Corporate donations are vital, as to run such an establishment is very expensive and its existence can only be afforded through assistance.
There is no easy way of saying this, but Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre are reaching out for additional funding as the Centre continues to grow and so do their costs. They are looking for assistance whether for a specific animal, food, health care or product, as everything helps.
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