The most important things for us is – sterilization and re-homing. Giving that one doggy or cat a second change in life. Wish to could get the message out to the public and pet owners on the importance of sterilisation. Trying to change peoples minds and educate them on how to treat animals decently.These two aspects are the most important part of why we are doing what we do. Animal Welfare begins with sterilisation. Sterilisation should not be an option but a necessity and a priority.Too often pet owners are discouraged from having their pets sterilised due to the high costs involved, but the advantages far outweigh the vets invoice PLUS adopting a pet from a shelter allows you to qualify for discounted sterilisation rates from most vets.
Wollies animal shelter started with promoting sterilisation projects at affordable prices to assist the abandoned and less fortunate animals. Our motto has always been to educate and help prevent unwanted litters. In doing so we are saving thousands of lives’ and helping to prevent neglet, abuse and abandonment of animals. The project is on-going and every week our dedicated volunteers transport animals to our vet to be sterilised.
The second pillar of our dream materialised. The Wollies Animal shelter was established. Spacious kennels were build and in May 2014 we celebrated the shelters’ first birthday. The aim of the Wollies Animal shelter is to rescue and rehabilitate abused, unwanted and neglected animals. Currently we care and house 160 dogs and 80 cats all awaiting loving, caring forever homes!
In 2003 Wollies Animal Project was established with the specific goal in mind, to assist people in disadvantaged areas, who could not afford the normal sterilisation rates. We were fortunate enough to find a vet who reduced their rates to make it more affordable to the community. To date we have helped to sterilise more than a 1000 animals a year. This number does not include the feral cats in the surrounding areas.
WAP is headed up by three unemployed ladies. This project has given these ladies a purpose and goal in life to help the community animals. They selflessly have dedicated their time to this special project. These special ladies trap and sterilise feral cats and then return them to wherever they were found. There are on average about 20 million feral cats in South Africa, living in drains, bushes, industrial office parks and dumps. Wherever there is an available habitat and food source, feral cats will move in. They are simply trying to survive under very harsh conditions. WAP have assisted four of the 7 squatter camps in the area as well as two retirement centres with pet sterilisation.
WAP are not just involved with sterilisations, they are now involved “hands on” with the rescue of abandoned animals. Unfortunately WAP do not have the facilities available to accommodate those rescued animals, so they try their utmost best to find and place them in foster care until a committed loving family is found for them. Sadly with the downturn of the economy, which has affected many people and many communities, it’s always the animals that suffer first. They end up being fed less, their owners forced to downgrade to smaller homes which in turn means that the animals cannot remain with the family etc. So many factors are against our precious furry family members – we need to help where we can to save as many lives as we possibly can. Until every cage is empty.There are just TOO many animals being put to sleep every year. Responsible pet ownership is the only way.Dont breed or buy while shelter animals die!!! Animals are sentient beings, they have the ability to feel, to perceive, to be conscious… to suffer and as sentient beings should be afforded the right to life, dignity and welfare.