I wrote to you recently about a new and desperate call that Network for Animals is responding to in an impoverished township called Vrygrond, in South Africa. There are hundreds of dogs there who are suffering and need our help. These dogs have owners who love their animals dearly, just like you and I love and have loved our own. Unlike us though, Supporter, these people often struggle to feed themselves, let alone their pets, and sometimes share scraps from their own plates, to ensure their dogs don’t go hungry. Paying for veterinary treatment just isn’t an option. Can you imagine how heartbreaking it must be to feel helpless when your beloved pet becomes unwell?
Thankfully, there is a wonderful animal organisation out there called TEARS, who is doing everything it can to help these people and their pets. Volunteers from TEARS visit poverty stricken areas to collect sick animals, take them for veterinary treatment, then return them happy and healthy to their loving owners. Not only do they spay and neuter dogs, TEARS also teaches people how to train and treat dogs properly, and they do their upmost to ensure that no animal goes hungry.
Supporter, I want to support the wonderful work of TEARS and make sure that every dog in Vrygrond has access to basic veterinary services for the next 6 months. These dogs deserve the same access to care and food that our pets have here, and it is heartbreaking to think that the financial struggles of some people in South Africa means that they have no choice but to watch their pets suffer. This isn’t right, and I am determined to do something about it. I am confident that you will feel as passionately about this as I do, Supporter.
The cost of this project isn’t cheap. Vaccination costs twenty dollars/ten pounds, neutering is forty dollars/twenty five pounds, and basic veterinary care is eighty dollars/fifty pounds. Whilst these are large amounts of money, it pales in significance to the suffering that will be alleviated, and to the joy it will bring pet owners to see their dogs happy and healthy. I feel privileged to have this opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of so many dogs and their loving, but struggling carers.
Please can you find it in your heart to donate towards this wonderful cause? These dogs deserve health and happiness, and together we can make that dream a reality.
For the animals,
Brian Davies, Founder