The wonderful children at St David’s Marist School organised a box of food and some blankets for donation. Bless them! I took this lot to Kitty & Puppy Haven, a Pro-Life Animal Shelter.
What a wonderful bunch but good golly, what a difficult time they are going through.
Kitty and Puppy Haven help approximately 3000 animals annually. Not only do they rescue, rehabilitate and re-home dogs and cats but they also run a desperately needed Community Veterinary Clinic for the disadvantaged community close to them. However, bureaucracy has a way of making “doing good” rather taxing.
“After 6 years of applications regarding the re-zoning on their property, they were … provided with permission to run the community clinic. However, recently the court advised that the agreement was null and void due to technicalities.”
They were given a month to either euthanize the 200 animals they had in their care, or find alternative premises. I am pleased to say that they managed the later, although not without substantial costs and logistical nightmares.
“The impact of this ruling affects far more than just the animals at the sanctuary. All Alex residents who make use of the community clinic will no longer have access to the services of the Kitty and Pupy Haven vet….Over the past 12 years approximately 11000 animals have been helped by Kitty and Puppy Haven”.
I take my hat off to Samantha Berger, founder of the centre, for remaining positive and optimistic during this trying time.
Above quotes and pictures are from Kitty & Puppy Haven’s website.
I took these the day I visited:
PS – please note that, despite the red tape, Long Life has finally been officially registered as a Non Profit Company. The goal is to help shelters precisely like this one. If you feel so inclined, please re-visit the updated How Can I Help and Donations pages. Every tiny bit helps!