JUNE 2014 NEWSLETTER

Hello Animal Allies,

There may be a chill in the air, but Animal Allies are feeling warm and happy. We celebrated our first

fund-raiser and what a wonderful event it was. Thank you to all the golfers and donors for making this event such a huge success.

We met at Houghton Golf Course on Wednesday 11th June and while Elaine and Desiré were still organising the registration table, the golfers came flooding in. After an enjoyable day on the golf course, John Vlismas presented the prizes and kept us well entertained. Later we sat down to enjoy a hot meal.

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We are not the only ones feeling warm and happy as some of the money raised by the golf day will be used to keep our kennel drive on the road. To date, 55 kennels have been delivered together with bedding for the animals. Thank you to Justine, First Rand Bank, Genna Cloud and Carla who have also contributed to this wonderful cause.

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Now, the good news is, you can help us raise funds without costing yourself money. How? Apply for a MySchool card and nominate Animal Allies as your beneficiary. We’ll even do it for you. All you have to do is provide us with your details and sign the application form and then swipe, swipe, swipe.

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Or you can contribute to our “Your trash is our cash” program by donating all your unwanted items, to us. No need to deliver, we will collect. What could be easier?

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Celebrating a birthday? Please ask for donations to Animal Allies, in lieu of gifts.

And of course, don’t forget to spread the word about us.

Our animal education program is doing well. We were fortunate to have Seeds of Africa join us on our last visit. They are also a Non Profit Organisation, working predominantly with under-privileged communities. The children thoroughly enjoyed the learning program and promised to pass on what they had learnt to their parents and friends. Hopefully this will make a difference in the lives of under-privileged animals.

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Feral cats are a direct result of uncaring and ignorant humans. They are unsterilized domesticated cats that have been abandoned by their guardians. Some are not able to fend for themselves and die a slow miserable death of starvation. Those who survive contribute well to the already overpopulation problem in South Africa. We can make a difference in the lives of these animals by ensuring that the colony is controlled and maintained. This is accomplished through TNR, or trap-neuter-return, and regular feeding. Feral cats do serve a purpose. They keep the rodents under control and don’t allow other colonies into their space. Next time you see cats running around your business premises, don’t ask for them to be removed. Ask for them to be sterilized.

Until the next newsletter, keep warm and take care. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook