Hope for our future
As all our supporters know we need to move from our current location by February 2015. We have been asked to start our move in December 2014 and we have been searching tirelessly for a suitable new property to buy and to raise funds for this purpose to secure the future of the rescue centre. We have been very fortunate in that we have found an amazing property and a number of private investors that will contribute a portion of funds to secure the property. The farm is a 40 hectare property that is located on the R27 close to Melkbosstrand.
The property is fully fenced, already has services (water, electricity and sewage) in place, plus water well points, three houses, stables and paddocks for our horses, a suitable area that we can adapt for the pigs, a sound road leading to the centre (no more getting stuck in the mud and 4X4 driving for our visitors), ample parking, a function hall, undercover nursery areas and a potential coffee shop area, and we mustn’t forget there are toilets!
We are getting so much more than what we ever thought we would be able to have with this property. We all have had dreams of what our ideal rescue centre would look like and with this property we can envisage all of them and change the face of animal welfare in South Africa. We have plans to provide our animals with a wonderful and safe, more self-sustainable environment to live in until they get adopted by their forever families. This amazing property will enable us to do the following:
- The basic infrastructure is already in place, thus we can transfer our horses and pigs across immediately and we only need to build our dog camps and catteries in the new location to transfer the rest of the animals in our care;
- Doggie camps with a layout that will enable potential adopters to see and interact with all the doggies up for adoption;
- The improvement and growth of our current cat village in an area designated solely for this purpose;
- Within the next couple of years we will be erecting a fully functional animal welfare hospital on the premises that will be able to provide medical treatment to all animals and other AWO’s from the surrounding areas;
- We will be able to grow our own vegetables for use on the farm and, if enough is produced, to sell to the public;
- The hall can be rented out for functions (or as a ‘pet friendly wedding venue) and we will be able to have all our functions in-house to ensure our own sustainability;
- The coffee shop will be able to provide sustenance for our visitors and an additional income for the centre;
- The current houses will be used, once we have set up, for overnight accommodation for volunteers that come from further afield to stay with us and volunteer for a longer term and for potential adopters that need to travel a further distance to meet their potential new furry family member;
- A dog park that will allow people to bring their own animals to socialise with other doggies and run and play to their heart’s content within a safe and secure area;
- Families will be able to come and spend the day with us – order a picnic basket from the coffee shop, have the kids play in the play area and interact with the rescues and then go for a walk and a picnic next to the dam.
We would have loved to stay close to our current location, seeing that we have built such wonderful relationships with the communities surrounding us which has supported us for so many years, but we were unable to secure a suitable property in the area. However, we will not abandon our current local community in that we are planning a facility that will serve as a holding station in our current area. This will make it possible for us to keep working in our current communities and we will be able to transfer animals between the rescue centre and the holding station and vice versa. We have been working very hard for every penny we have collected thus far and we are so close to making our dreams come true. This is where we are asking the assistance of all our old, good and new friends and loyal Uitsig supporters to donate towards a brick in the wall, be part of our “Wall Tree” business park, or buy a raffle ticket for our Kenya holiday or our Bridal Competition, host a fundraiser for us or donate some building materials, i.e. fencing and poles to erect our camps. According to our Brak-o-Meter we have received another 250 bricks in the last couple of weeks for which we are extremely grateful. This means that we need another 14750 bricks to be taken up by the beginning of December 2014. Our Brak-o-Meter has now turned into a countdown clock until we have ZERO bricks remaining – we have 10 weeks and 6 days to go as from 15 September. Please help us make our dreams come true and secure our future. If you can help, our fundraising banking details are: Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre NPO 090-162, First National Bank account number 6244 0434 398, Tableview Branch (203 809) or the universal banking code (250 655) and our contact details are firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (+27) 83 375 3606 or (+27) 76 059 4599. And remember we are now a PBO, so we will issue upon request a Donation Receipt that can be used for tax relief on your End of Year taxes.