Looking for a good cause in 2019?

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Looking for a good cause to get involved in for the new year? Here are some of the things 4Paws Animal Shelter needs your assistance within 2019.

A happy new year to the people of fourways.

The 4Paws Animal Shelter, located in Diepsloot, will be open to the public again from 7 January.

We have a lot of work to do this year, including our plans to continue putting up corrugated sheeting around the shelter to provide shade for the dogs and cats. We’ll be working on the cattery next, and volunteers or donations of sheeting and equipment are welcome. We’re also planning to replace the fencing [at the shelter] and anyone who is able to help with this is welcome to let me know.

We’ve been getting numerous queries to find out if we can care for people’s animals while they are away, so we’re hoping to set up boarding facilities in the new year, although this does depend on creating the space and buildings necessary to do so. Watch this space!

I would like to encourage people who want to do volunteering, and who are animal-orientated to come and support the shelter because we would love to have you. Be prepared to graft, as there is a lot of work to be done besides cuddling the animals. Also remember to bring a hat, sunblock (it gets hot here, even in winter!) and the necessary equipment and tools (such as rakes, garden forks, machetes, shovels etc.) to do work, and please come for the right reasons. We also encourage you to get a tetanus shot, not because of the animals, but just in case you scrape yourself on something at the shelter – it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Members of the public are welcome to visit the shelter to volunteer or drop off donations at the second-hand store, as long as they call me in advance to let me know they are coming.

Finally, any help in raising funds would be greatly appreciated in order to help us cover our costs and finance vet care for our animals. Members of the public are welcome to sponsor the care of an animal: One animal costs about R1 000 which will cover sterilization (about R560), vaccinations (about R260) and de-worming (which depends on the weight of the animal).

Here’s to a successful 2019!