Paws for a Cause

Paws for a Cause, Cape Town are an animal relocation program, which is based in the northern suburbs.  They are directly involved in the upliftment of shelters and living conditions of neglected and abused animals in shelters and townships.  Paws for a Cause aim is to re-home and feed abandoned animals by working with the Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre, FAW, AACL, Heads and Tails, ART, Furry Friends and various other shelters to help accelerate re-homing and ease the pressure on over-capacity.

The prime key problem shelters find, is dealing with re-homing and feeding the large amounts of abandoned and neglected animals on a daily basis.  The task ahead is a huge undertaking and is only possible with the generosity of volunteers and donations from people like yourself.  Paws for a Cause has built Uitsig Animal Rescue their own cattery, dog kennels etc to help the animals of an overall total of 300 dogs still on the farm yet to get adopted and over 160 cats.  Paws for a Cause even built a dog trailer for Fisantekraal, Uitsig and other non profitable organisations, so they can bring their animals for the Adoption day held by Paws for a Cause at the Cape Garden Centre once a month being the first weekend of the month

Cape Garden Centre in Joostenberg Vlakte gives us the opportunity to set up our adoption days which gets sponsored by Cape Garden Designs. Together Cape Garden Centre, Cape Garden Designs and Paws for a Cause stand together to help all shelters in need.

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One by One Project – Adopt a Cat

Once upon a time, there was a cattery on a farm called Uitsig Animal Rescue, filled with beautiful cats of all colours and sizes. All were gorgeous and loving and unique. One day, a lovely person came and adopted one of these fabulous felines. Then another person came and took two. Every day people came to the cattery and found a purrfect companion or two – or more, until eventually the cattery stood empty – all the cats had found homes. And they all lived happily ever after…

YOU can help end this story as a happily ever after. That’s what Project One By One is all about: a collaboration between FAW and our very good friends at Uitsig Animal Rescue to home ALL the adult cats (who are usually overlooked in favour of kittens)  – until all have homes and the cattery is empty. Each one is special, each one a wonderful companion.

Adult cats have purr-sonality and cat-titude! They’re surprisingly easy to integrate, and are fabulous furry friends (no housetraining required!).

Our project started after the testing of all the cats at the Uitsig cattery for FIV/leukaemia. It had been noted that by this time there had not been a single home found for these deserving and beautiful felines

So……a plan of action needed to be undertaken.

We know it’s hard to visit the cattery for many people because there are so many cats waiting for homes. That’s why we’ve set up an ‘online cattery’ where you can browse through pictures and stories of the cats until you spot one you’d like to meet. We’ve even cat-egorised them by colour (hover your cursor over Project One by One and use the drop-down menu to search). It’s PURR-FECT!

The main aspect of the project is our online cattery. With the help of some dedicated volunteers and the generosity of a local photographer, we have created a catalogue/register of all the adult cats at the Uitsig cattery and we will put them online at Facebook as and when they have undergone their second test: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Project-One-by-One/100306616822589?ref=hl

For those people that don’t use facebook, the register can also be found on the FAW website:

http://www.faw.za.org/?page_id=3039

The online cattery is a way of potential new owners browsing our needy cats and making an enquiry without the need to visit the cattery. We are dedicated to complete a home check within 48 hours and within no time you will have a new member of the family J

We have a special aspect to our project, in that each adoption will see a township cat benefitting; whether that is with a bag of food, a new bed, a litter tray or litter, we will make a change for the better on your behalf.

Every cat we home has been sterilised, vaccinated and has tested negative for FIV/leukemia.

Keep an eye on the Project because there are big things to come and your support matters……ALOT.

You can help us with fund-raising; we need funds to test all the cats and we need people to share and spread the word about our Project. Please also contact us with any questions/info you need on our beloved felines, we have a number of cat owners on hand with heaps of advice to help.

We need you to make this happen for the cats:     Be the CAT-alyst for change!

Running with Huskies

 Take a Rescue Dog for a Run

as featured in Runner’s World Magazine

Email received from Janette Jordaan, urging runners to take four-legged friends on runs with them

Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre in Fisantekraal just outside of Durbanville.  The rescue centre is a pro-life organisation that rescues all types of animals.  We have a small group of dedicated walkers that exercise the dogs on Saturdays.

Unfortunately, with over 300 dogs, we don’t get close to giving them each a walk.  I’m writing to tell you about the Huskies that are currently resident at the Uitsig Animal Rescue.  The Huskies are the dogs that are probably the worst suited to the environment of a rescue organisation.  I am contacting you to see if you may have any members that might be interested in combining some of their training with that of exercising our Huskies.  It certainly will be a good workout as our Huskies are always ready to go – or perhaps you can arrange group outings/community initiatives and this may be something suitable for you to consider.  As a volunteer walker myself, I can affirm to the fact that time spent exercising the dogs at Uitsig is very good for both one’s soul and one’s soles.

It is extremely good exercise, the dogs are very good company and it is a good way to get rid of the frustrations of the week.

One of our newer volunteers via another running club is Sonja, she comes out regularly to run with the Huskies, has become passionate in her desire to help them and has also taken on the project of trying to market the Huskies in new ways in order to try and find them suitable homes as soon as possible.  As a runner herself, Sonja feels the perfect owner of a Husky is someone that is active and enjoys running.  The benefits for both runner and Husky are great.  The runner gets a wonderful running companion (and security guard) and the Husky gets all the exercise that it needs.  Sonja would like to encourage interested runners to join in with the exercising of the Huskies at Uitsig.

Should you be interested contact Sonja by email on sonja.swanevelder@gmail.com and she will tell you about the volunteer running program and answer any questions that you may have.

Dog Fighting

“Remaining silent kills innocent victims and increases the battle for the others to survive.  Don’t allow this to happen to another innocent animal.  They deserve better than that.  Give them a voice to end their suffering”

Dog Fighting

Signs of Dog Fighting

  • Multiple dogs at one location and chained separately.
  • The dogs seem unsocial and are never in contact with one another
  • Dogs with large heavy chains around their neck.  This strengthens the neck and upper body for the dog to be stronger in a fight
  • Dogs with excessive scarring or wounds on their bodies, faces and limbs.  Front canine teeth missing.  This dogs are used as practice dogs for champion fighters
  • Unusual number of people coming and going at odd hours, often with dogs
  • Cheers or crowd noise coming from the location but no barking or growling.  Dogs are generally deadly silent during a dogfight.
  • Home made treadmills for conditioning the dogs
  • Break sticks (often the handle of a broom or a hammer that is flattened at one end.  These are used for breaking the dogs apart
  • Poles used to run the dogs in circles
  • Large water buckets for washing both dogs down so owners cannot put toxins on the dogs before a fight.

Please be a voice for the victims

Information taken from

http://www.facebook.com/AntiDogFightingCampaign