Care For Wild Update:
Animal Saviours are happy to report that in collaboration with local UK charity A1 Petline and South African Veterinarian, Dr. Albertus Coetzee, the four guard dogs in service at Care For Wild Rhino Orphanage in South Africa are now each protected by a yearly Veterinary Careplan.
These Careplans will ensure that these vital members of the Care For Wild team receive regular parasite prevention, health assessments and vaccinations. Which are all essential to keep these brave dogs fit and healthy, meaning they can continue their job of protecting the endangered Rhino’s in the largest Rhino sanctuary in the world.
We would like to thank Beryl Romano, of A1 Petline, for her tireless and enthusiastic fund raising efforts and Dr. Albertus Coetzee, of Westacres Vets in Nelpruit South Africa, for his dedication to the plight of the increasingly endangered African Rhinos.
Fund Raising Update:
A huge thank you goes out to Anne Hardisty for raising a significant sum of money for both A1 Petline and Animal Saviours. Anne raised the money by having her head completely shaved, with all the sponsors contributions being donated to A1 and Animal Saviours. We can’t thank Anne enough for her efforts, she is a STAR!
UPDATE: March 2018
After some long discussions and analysis of our objectives, the Trustees of Animal Saviours have elected three local charities to receive a regular monthly contribution towards their veterinary costs. We have set up monthly Standing Orders paid directly to the relevant veterinary practices in the name of the three chosen charities. The charities who are receiving funding for this year are:
You can learn more about the wonderful work these charities are doing by clicking on the links above.
The Trustees will review this selection at the end of 2018. Any charities wishing to put their names forward for selection for 2019 should submit one of our online application forms no later than December 15th 2018. You can take a look at the criteria and access the online form by clicking here.
The charities chosen for assistance in 2019 will be informed no later than January 31st 2019.
The birds in the care of Wychbold Swan Rescue Centre are already benefiting from Animal Saviours contributions. A skilled surgeon at the Webb’s branch of local veterinary practice, MacArthur, Barstow & Gibbs, recently performed an operation on a swans badly damaged wing. Unfortunately the wing had to be amputated but the operation went well and the swan is now recovering and will be up and about in no time. Once it has a full bill of health it will be re-homed to a local stately home to enjoy a new life.
On a recent visit to this amazing charitable organisation we had the opportunity to meet some incredibly cute little rhino orphans that are being cared for by a dedicated team of volunteers, and headed up by the inspirational Petronel Niewoudt. The orphanage arose only a few years ago, out of need for a safe refuge for baby rhinos who’s mothers have been slaughtered for their horns. Horns that are made of nothing more than KERATIN (a form of compacted hair) but that are prized by Far-eastern countries for all manner of imaginary healing properties, or simply as a status-symbol. These ridiculous and primitive beliefs have already resulted in the EXTINCTION of Asian sub-species as well as the Northern White Rhino, and are now fueling the decimation of the few thousand surviving Rhinos in Southern Africa. This, after only narrowly escaping extinction in the 1970’s! Whether the genetic pool can survive another similar near-extinction event so soon, is a question we will not be able to answer for a few years yet. But it is a distinct possibility (even a probability) that it will be answered in our lifetime, and this species becomes EXTINCT. And that’s forever…
This is the reason Sanparks and the Care-For-Wild Team are trying so hard to save each and every little rhino baby that they can, at any cost. And the trustees of Animal Saviours have tried to add a tiny little bit by purchasing some good quality food for their Attack-Dogs, some warm clothes for the staff, and 4 new bridles and riding helmets for their Mounted Patrol.
Below are some serious little cuties little enjoying their bottles of warm tea/milk.
UPDATE: 12 August 2017
It is with enormous regret that we heard about the tragic accident that claimed the life of Care-For-Wild Guarddog “Didi”. A donation to help with the veterinary treatment that was administered to try to save her life will be made by Animal Saviours. We are so sad, our hearts go out to all those who knew her.
You can learn more about the wonderful things Care for Wild are doing here
Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre: December 2016
We funded the purchased and installation of a new hot water boiler at the Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre in Dullstroom, South Africa. This now means they have hot water available to bath and clean wounded birds and help them get onto the road to recovery more quickly.
Thula Thula Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre:
UPDATE: May 2017
A visit to Thula Thula afforded us the opportunity to meet the indomitable Françoise Anthony and her new team of volunteers. We did a “supermarket sweep” on the way down and delivered a car-boot full of groceries to ensure that the new team would have sufficient sustenance to get them settled, and help them start the new Thula Thula Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Good luck guys!
Swan Rescue of Wychbold:
Domestic Animal Care:
We contributed to enable Domestic Animal Care, based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, to purchase a new ambulance. You can find out more about them here:
Prolife Animal Rescue:
A set of surgical instruments was purchased to allow Prolife, based in Nelspruit, South Africa, to continue neutering local street dogs. More details on this great cause can be found here
And 2 dogs in the Droitwich are were helped with surgical procedures that improved their quality of life.