A good few years back, an author friend of mine encouraged me to write my story for her blog. She was highlighting the healing power of journaling or blogging about experiences with domestic violence.
I wrote an edited version of my experiences and circulated it since then.
In the back of my mind though, I never felt like it was enough, I felt as if I needed to receive justice for myself as well as the animals who graced my life with their presence.
How do you know that the organisation you support is LEGITIMATE, ABOVE BOARD, and that most importantly in a time when most people are counting their pennies – is your hard earned money being used effectively?
The truth is organisations need to be ADOPTING; and they need to be need to be educating about ADOPTION.
They need to STERILISE and they need to be educating about STERILISATION.
Animal welfare organisations need to be EDUCATING, STERILISING and ADOPTING out.
As the public we need to support animal welfare organisations that are transparent.
Why do they need to be transparent?
Well, let’s just say that if an organisation is not transparent, the organisation you have donated to could just as well be squandering YOUR MONEY on whatever their hearts desire.
How do you know that an organisation is transparent?
You can search for the organisation that you would like to support on http://www.npo.gov.za/ every NPO has to submit financials on a regular basis. If there are no financials you can request to view them. NPO’s and NPC ‘s are public entities and cannot object to the public asking questions about where they spend YOUR MONEY. If they aren’t 100& above board you can report them *even anonymously* on the same site and they will be audited.
You need to see that they are making a difference – how do you do this?
- A good organisation will have no objections to you asking questions. They will be more than willing to indulge queries from the most ludicrous to the most intellectual.
- A good organisation will have a good balance of happy tails and problem areas. The thing with problem areas is that they should be making a visible effort to mend these issues.
- A good organisation tells you what they are spending donations on.
- A good organisation aligns themselves with other good organisations. They certainly don’t cause problems for other organisations whether financial or otherwise.
- A good organisation does NOT BREED. They educate people about sterilisation. The animals on their premises should be sterilised; or in the process of being sterilised. Adoptees should not leave the organisation intact – if the adoptee is too young to leave sterilised; a sterilisation contract should be drawn up.
WHY? Because there are far too many unsterilized, unhomed animals – too many healthy animals are PUT TO SLEEP every year – every month – every week – every day….
Organisations should be seen as entities who are working towards the greater goal of ending this.
- A good organisation operates on a strict, adopt – don’t shop basis.
- A good organisation operates with an adoption fee. An adoption fee, gives the organisation the opportunity to rescue more animals. This in turn should cancel out a portion of needing to ask for donations from the public. This would mean that YOUR MONEY gets put to better use.
- A good organisation conducts home checks. Once again the reason for this is because there are too many unhomed animals. Not only that – organisations need to be certain that animals will be safe and secure in their FUREVER HOME. They need to be certain that their animals will not end up boomeranging back in to animal welfare system again. They need to be certain that their animals will not end up as bait or fighting animals in fighting rings.
- A good organisation does follow up checks. For the same reasons as my previous point.
- A good organisation has approved foster homes. Foster homes are scrutinised as strictly as potential homes. Once again for the same reasons as conducting home checks.
- A good organisation should have no problem with the public spending time with their animals. They should be able to tell the public about their animals’ behaviour. I.e. their animals should be assessed.
- A good organisation knows their limits
Tips to look for on social media:
A good balance of posts:
- NO 1 should be adoptions,
- Happy tails – conquests – good news
- Few pleas for donations.
- Other organisations should be thanked appropriately for their contributions.
- The public should be thanked for their contributions.
- If they break social media rules – are they not perhaps breaking other bigger rules?
- You can’t be serious all the time – there should be a reason to laugh sometimes too.
If you don’t see this happening, either don’t support them or help them on the right path… they should be open to your help and suggestions.
If they haven’t shared this article, maybe you should ask why? Is there perhaps something here that they are not doing?
The most vetoed comment on my Facebook page was by Michelle Raath: She said: “Those that make a difference to the animals and not to themselves personally. Those that help other shelters and organisations. Organisations that give feedback and statistics, are open about themselves.”
Others commenting mentioned the following points about why they supported organisations
- Having the animals best interest at heart
- High Standards
- Caring staff
- Every cent donated goes to the animals
- Being appreciative of all and any help
- Supporting the animals in action and not only words
- Organisations that township outreach programmes
- Exposing animal abuse
- Creating awareness
- Where it is about the animals, sterries, and education
- Those that acknowledge other organisations for the work they have done
- Those who take no salaries
Thank you to everyone who took part! I appreciate every comment made
Please feel free to comment below if you feel I have left something out.
It is important to the animals that we do right by them.
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Kloof and Highway SPCA have many clever fundraising ideas and Cars on the green is one of my favourites.
I have taken my children to the event for the last three years. It acts as an added birthday treat for my son and we get to support the good work that this SPCA branch does in the community. Read the rest of this entry
Animals are voiceless.
They are subjected to intolerable forms of cruelty – dog fighting in my opinion being one of the worst.
I speak from experience when I say that fighting dogs experience torture so extremely that I am finding it difficult to put into words.
Just over a week ago I was contacted by the amazing Brigitte Reeve Taylor and Leigh Meyer to say that an awesome lady Eldette Bauer had donated 4 tickets to the Dancers Love Dogs show for anyone who works in animal welfare.
I am not a person who accepts help or “freebies” for lack of a better word. Although I thought be graceful and grateful – say thank you – and you can beat yourself up later.
I immediately invited my amazing friends and partners – in – crime from Adopt Don’t Shop Durban and Bonsela Durban: the one woman, one man and gorgeous tubby baba bunny rescue team – Samantha Lee Bunnyfluff (Bunville Rabbit Rescue); and the passionate Tilanie Meierhans.
I must apologise now for all the name drops, amazing’s and awesome’s but I feel that each of these people is highly laudable when it comes to working with animals. Read the rest of this entry
What irritates me…
- Repetitive Broadcast BBM’s. If you have a blackberry, you’ve had them. The one that is really irritating me right now is the repeat of the repeat of the freaking repeat of the don’t tell the men, this is for cancer awareness, last time this game ended up on the news hogwash, and somewhere they throw in “this years” game.
Let me make it very clear, LAST TIME the game was played it didn’t end up on the news.
Do you know why?
Because the first time it was a great idea. Every time after that it was a washed up, half brained attempt at getting the same response. If you want the same response again you need a NEW idea! The pure lack of imagination scares me.
I am more than sure that the men seeing these status updates think you’re a bunch of morons because they caught on to the idea first or second time around. Contrary to popular belief men can’t possibly be that thick!
Oh yeah, and if you want to say that this is THIS YEARS game, don’t send a friggin game every two or so months.
I have one word for this – OVERKILL!
- Ok, I know a lot of you won’t understand this one but heck, If one more person posts a petition on my facebook profile from some or other country with the attached “Please Sign”, I may block them never mind delete them permanently. I’m deadly serious. For heavens sake, charity starts in your own back yard right… But all you post are issues from other countries and then you moan profusely when the situation in YOUR country isn’t up to scratch. Damned hypocrites.
- The condescending tone I get from certain people about my passion for animal welfare and writing articles to educate the masses. “You should write children’s books”. One day, maybe, but right now, your dumb arse needs some education, because really you don’t know your friggin arse from your elbow when it comes to animal welfare. Do you know that when I hear that you want to spray monkeys with doom, that I want to turn the room into the chainsaw massacre? If your head wasn’t so far up your arse it would be first on my platter… If you only saw what I saw… knew what I knew…
- Having studied, Advertising, Graphic Design and Marketing, I tend to be quite the critic when it comes to adverts. Oh yes, TV adverts.
Really now, I still don’t know what the product is and I doubt I ever will, you’ve probably seen the ad too… Its that one with the kid, with the absent family on his birthday and the horrendous tune “just a…” It irritates me so much that I end up having that stupid tune play on repeat in my head. It is so irritating that it even goes on to irritating my dreams. If you know what the product is, tell me, I think I need to boycott them purely for that tune…
Than there’s the Cipla ad. The one where they have the incredibly fake animated ultrasound of the twin babies and the moronic smile from the dad looking on. To say that I grind my teeth, close my eyes and put my hands to my ears while this ad plays is an understatement. Its one of those wool to your teeth – nails to a chalk board moments.
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Happy Kitty Wednesday Everyone.
What an exciting week it has been.
On Monday night we all got dressed warm and met to trap some feral kitties.
Our little ferals have been busy bees. They end up in some of the oddest places So…
Mandy, who heads up our scheme had a meeting with the Environment and Safety officer, of the centre last week. We are lucky to have a guy who is understanding of what we are trying to do. We have been noticing that the centre is under going a major “tidy up”. Hedges have been trimmed and there is noticeably less litter around which is a bonus for our kitties as well as the centre.
We scouted the area with the hope of trapping some of our Kitties.
Mandy had just finished setting up the second trap when we saw one of our tabbies darting up to get some food. We were still watching to see where the kitties were coming from and CLANG the first trap shut.
My kids were with me and I am really glad now that they were there to witness an amazing moment.
My son, eager to learn, found out that kitties need to weigh more than 100 grams to be trapped.
The second trap, set and waiting had one of our cheekier, clever cats, fish food out the trap through the bars. BRAT!
Once plate was filled with food AGAIN, we watched as inch by inch our little brat went into the trap and CLANG! Second kittie trapped.
Trapped kitties then took a trip to the SPCA holding cells, to await their morning “snip”.
Mr Fierce, named by Mandy, because he was still growling after his surgery, and Zoe were released yesterday and will no longer be adding litters to the colony.
Meeting Mandy to trap again later today so keep us in your thoughts – and imagine more trapped kitties.
Also check out, this widget “Read articles that interest you”, in the side bar and at the bottom of the page, click on “Pav Feral Project” and you will be able to see past articles about “our kitties”.
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Hi Everyone and Happy Blu Monday to you.
Blu is really angry at our stupid neighbour, who targeted his boy yesterday. Needless to say I am on a war path of my own.
Blu whispered in my ear that instead of concentrating on little cowards that we should rather re post a story about the roughest, toughest, meanest, most cuddly lovable guy, we know in spirit on the block.
Beauty in the “Beast”
Each of the pets I’ve ever had has their own story.
In this post my aim is to try and dispel some myths and try to turn you over to adopting a pet rather than buying one.
Never just decide that because you’ve heard that a certain breed of dog is dangerous that they actually are.
“So-called” dangerous dogs can come from the worst conditions and still end up being the most loving family pets with a little bit of TLC.
Our family were blessed to witness a truly beautiful transformation.
￼We brought a Rottie home that had been used in the concrete dam fighting rings. What these dogs endure in their short lives is nothing short of horrific.
To make this gentle soul more vicious and angry, these ‘morons’ would burn him behind the ears with cigarettes and cut his hind legs and testicles with razor blades.
It was hard to look at this poor Rottie and imagine the torture he went through with every fight. His paw pads were raw from having to fight on the rough concrete floor, so walking was difficult. His body was sore from the cutting and completely inhumane ways of the world of dog fighting. Then he had his battle wounds and scars.
We literally rescued him from the euthanasia needle. It was believed that he would be too vicious to be adopted.
We brought him home, nursed his wounds and gave him the love he deserved. Instead of being the monster he was thought to be, he became our protector and play mate.
￼He would bounce up and down in a playful way, he loved fetching tennis balls and Racy, and ensured you were soaked with a good shake after a bath.
My brother was only two when we rescued Turbo. One day while my mom was in the kitchen washing dishes she saw my brother’s head pass the kitchen window. She darted outside when she realised that he was still too short for her to see any part of him through the high window. To her surprise Turbo had decided that he was a good horse.
When I say Turbo was our protector, he really was and he made us laugh so much too.
While we were out one day, my uncle popped over for a visit.
Turbo happily let him in but when my uncle wanted to leave, because we weren’t home, he wouldn’t let him out.
I remember arriving home with Turbo at the gate and my uncle waiting not so patiently for us.
It was the funniest thing ever, and no harm was done.
During his remaining years he became husband to my Dobermann Racy. He also became a father when we rescued his white son, Rocky an orphaned Samoyed
Turbo lived on to the ripe old age of 12.
I strongly believe that any animal – no matter how abusive their back ground was – will thrive in a loving, affectionate environment.
If you are thinking of adopting, don’t turn away an entire breed, you may be losing out on very special moments…
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