Domestic Animal Rescue is a pro-life, non-profit organisation whose core aim is to rescue, rehabilitate, re-unite and re-home lost, abandoned, abused, and neglected animals and to educate communities, in particular children. They strive to uplift the lives of companion animals in disadvantaged communities by providing free sterilisations, primary health care, veterinary treatment and food as well as humane education to pet owners.
THE CENTRE AIMS TO:
Lessen the suffering of abandoned, injured and abused dogs and cats by rescuing them, providing for their well-being and placing them into loving homes.
Reduce the numbers of unwanted animals by providing free sterilization for dogs and cats in disadvantaged communities.
Provide education to create an awareness of the moral and ethical responsibility we have towards the animals whose world we share.
The centre strives to meet the needs of dogs and cats in underprivileged communities by providing primary health care such as vaccinations, deworming and parasite control:
Offering free sterilizations.
Providing a scheduled, daily mobile clinic offering basic health care and food to the animals.
Establishing an essential working relationship with surrounding disadvantaged communities, helping them to protect the rights of the animals through effective education, guidance, follow-up and empowerment.
Treating animals from disadvantaged communities at the centre veterinary clinic.
YOUR ROLE AS A VOLUNTEER:
A possible work schedule could be:
08:00 – 10:00 Help with feeding, medicines, water and cleaning.
10:00 – 12:00 Go for a walk with the dogs, feed the puppies, take dogs to hydrotherapy if needed.
After feeding the puppies at 12:00, continue with going for a walk with the dogs, socializing them with other dogs, introducing social groups, playing with them in the green area, groom dogs, wash and pick up toys.
15:30 Afternoon feeding.
16:00 Check that all animals got blankets and that it is clean and dry and they have water for the night. Kennels are locked properly.
Every Friday morning you will help with de-worming and weighing of pups.
If necessary you maybe asked to help with microchip, vaccines and feeding animals with bottles without mothers.
It is important to note that this description serves as an example only. The daily tasks and challenges depend on the volunteer and the work that needs to be done. The final job description can therefore vary from the above substantially.
You will live at a Good Hope Studies Homestay accommodation. The host-family may be a single woman, a single-parent family, a young family, a working couple or a retired couple. You will live in a single room with a shared bathroom. The rooms are furnished at a minimum with a bed, a wardrobe, a desk and a reading light. Laundry is available at an extra charge. Bedding and towels are provided. Not all families have Internet facilities – and if they do there is an extra charge for Internet use as their costs depend on the download volume.
Johanna from Sweden (March 2014): ”I spent 4 weeks at the Domestic Animal Rescue project during my stay in South Africa and I loved every day of it. Working at the project was a great experience and it warmed my heart to see how good the dogs is being taken care of and how much love and attention they get from the wonderful staff and the volunteers while they are waiting for a home. I’m so thankful for every experience, every dog and all the people I met during my time at the project and if I one day come back to South Africa I will definitely go back there.”
Jefrey from Brazil (September 2013): ”This kind of programme provides a unique growth. The feedback we have of these lovely animals is indescribable. It is a pleasure to help dogs in everything, we feed them, make them happy in many cases like walking around the Tears and also teach them how to respect people.”