So here’s a story…
Yesterday while walking on a path in Wolwekraal Nature Reserve, Stefan (previous SAEON Arid Lands Node intern) and I heard a puppy crying. An electric fence separates Wolwekraal from the rubbish dump site, and she was on the other side. We turned right around and went straight to go find her. After driving to the dump site, we had to climb down a mountain of people’s domestic garbage to get to her. She had a head wound (looked like someone had hit her with something sharp), her face covered in blood and flies, and had been tossed in the furthest corner of the dump.
I called the animal welfare service – Prince Albert Dieresorg (“animal care” in Afrikaans) or ‘PADS’ – and someone came to fetch her. I didn’t get a chance to inspect her properly, because I didn’t know how injured she was and didn’t want to aggravate any existing injuries. I’d never been so angry in my life. Shaking, silent and so tense… I even needed some time to cool down and debrief before I could go back to work.
The woman from PADS called me multiple times asking for more info about how and where we found her, because they want to press charges. I asked her to keep me updated with the puppy’s status – by the afternoon, they’d put her on penicillin and electrolytes, and wanted to feed her a little bit once she’d woken up.
Early this morning I received an SMS from her which read:
Thank you very much for all your care and effort in trying to save the puppy. I am sorry to tell you that she passed away last night. We are going to do everything we can to try to attain justice. Many thanks
I am feeling a little disheartened by the whole experience, but I’m also very glad we found her and managed to retrieve her. No animal deserves to die in pain in a rubbish dump… So I guess this is a post of gratitude to PADS for their dedication to helping the helpless animals here in Prince Albert. It is also a post of hope, encouraging people to do what feels right. I was scared when we heard her the first time… but my heart and my gut and all my other vital organs told me that it was my moral obligation to do something about it. So I’m grateful that I had the courage to help her, and I’m grateful for the lesson she taught me. This place has me growing a lot faster and in more ways than I’d ever imagined. After a walk up the Robert Gordon koppie this morning, I am feeling much more positive and at peace with it. Rest In Peace, little girl.
About Prince Albert Dieresorg:
Prince Albert Dieresorg / Animal Welfare (PADS) is a registered not-for-profit organisation (NPO) run by unpaid volunteers and is wholly dependent on public donations of money and materials.
Phone – 071 571 8600
Email – email@example.com
Facebook – PADS Prince Albert Dieresorg
PADS is a registered not-for-profit organisation with NPO nr 043-813-NPO
Banking details for donations:
PADS Animal Welfare
ABSA account nr 930 700 5754
(Use your name and surname as reference)