Fisantekraal Animal Welfare has been helping animals in and around the impoverished township of Fisantekraal, just outside Durbanville, for over a decade; 2016 sees them proudly celebrating their official ten-year anniversary. Since 2011, TAH has been firmly on board, assisting them in their fight to improve the lives of the animals which call the area home. As the organisation has grown, they’ve added the farms surrounding Durbanville, and the lower-income communities of Klipheuwel and Morning Star to their ‘portfolio’.
FAW, which is run entirely by unpaid volunteers in their spare time, focuses on spaying/neutering, basic health care (such as vaccinations and parasite control), and education of owners. Sterilisation of pets is crucial, not just for the animals’ long-term health (it prevents or reduces the risk of several cancers, infections, behavioural problems, and other issues).
In 2015 alone, throughout the week and at several very successful sterithons TAH’s hard-working vets and vet nurses sterilised 365 dogs and cats – that’s one for every day of the year! TAH also helped 454 animals suffering from illnesses like biliary (tick bite fever) and various injuries, from stab wounds to broken legs – and more.
FAW’s main aim for 2016 is to have even more animals sterilised, and we at TAH wholeheartedly support them in this mission. As the saying goes, ‘To save thousands of animals from future suffering, just spay one’.
With winter approaching, FAW is relaunching their kennel programme – most township dogs do not live inside; they are outside, rain or shine. For R280, you can sponsor a kennel; new or used (in good condition) concrete and wooden kennels are always needed, so, if you have one your furry family member no longer uses, please get in touch.
There are also around 40 animals in FAW’s care looking for forever homes. All the animals are listed on their website with pictures, and the volunteers are glad to assist in matching you up with the perfect pooch so there is no need to walk through a stressful shelter environment. Their adoptable animals are sterilised, vaccinated and microchipped, all of which is included in a nominal adoption fee. For those unable to adopt, a sponsorship programme is in place, whereby you can sponsor one of the dogs waiting for a home for just R200 per month. And if you’d love to help but can’t permanently adopt, offering a temporary home (fostering) to a dog or cat while a forever home is found is truly invaluable.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 074 688 1153, visit their website at www.faw.za.org, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Financial donations, second-hand household goods and clothing for their township shop, collars and leads, pet food, and kennels are always greatly appreciated, as is assistance with fundraising, events planning, running their market stall, or volunteering – and anything else you can think of. Unfortunately, being run by volunteers, FAW cannot collect stray animals and they don’t have a shelter.
Any donation is gratefully received. The banking details are: Nedbank – Fisantekraal Animal Welfare – Cheque account – Acc no: 1039094171 – Branch: 10 39 10 (Tygervalley) – please pop them an email so that they know who to thank.