What a bull­dog spirit!

Woman’s mis­sion to save dogs

Go! & Express - - News - MADELEINE CHAPUT

AN EAST Lon­don woman has set out to es­tab­lish and run the new Pub­lic Ben­e­fit Or­gan­i­sa­tion (PBO), Born in a Cage, to save dogs.

Robyn Krugel, through her PBO, aims to save as many pedi­grees as she can from in­hu­mane and un­san­i­tary con­di­tions at breed­ing farms and ken­nels.

“I’m an ex­treme an­i­mal lover and my heart just broke when I saw the con­di­tions in which pedi­grees [pure-bred dogs] are kept at many breed­ing farms and ken­nels,” Krugel said.

In the past, Krugel has worked closely with The Transkei Wel­fare So­ci­ety and Per­sian Cat Res­cue, rais­ing R27 000 and R50000 for the res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Krugel has now teamed up with English Bull­dog An­gels and has man­aged to bail out two English bulldogs, Spike and Don­ald, from their caged and in­hu­mane ex­is­tence at a well-known breed­ing ken­nel in Jo­han­nes­burg.

“Af­ter see­ing how badly these dogs were be­ing treated I knew I had to do some­thing. Both Spike and Don­ald were kept in a 1x1m cage. The first time they saw grass in their seven and eight years of life was five weeks ago when I got them out and took them home with me,” Krugel said.

“Nei­ther of them had been bathed or brushed and it was clear that nei­ther of them had ever seen a vet or been treated,” she said.

“Project Don­ald” will be Krugel’s first un­der the NPO Born in a Cage. She plans to bail out as many of the oldest English bulldogs as she can from the same breeder.

English Bull­dog An­gels has do­nated R6000 to­wards the cause, while Krugel, with the help of the East Lon­don pub­lic, has man­aged to raise an­other R3 000.

In or­der to raise the funds needed, she has vis­ited shop­ping out­lets around East Lon­don with Spike and Don­ald, al­low­ing the pub­lic to in­ter­act with them.

“I’d like to raise a fur­ther R3 000 and ne­go­ti­ate with the breeder to sell me at least six of his oldest dogs for R12 000. That should cover get­ting the dogs out,” she said.

“Be­ing a pedi­gree should not re­sult in a life sen­tence in a cage. These dogs are not given proper vet­eri­nary care, they are ne­glected be­yond means,” Krugel said.

Krugel has suc­cess­fully man­aged to re­ha­bil­i­tate Spike and Don­ald and the Lyle fam­ily have come to the res­cue, adopt­ing Don­ald into a lov­ing, happy home.

Though she has met fam­i­lies in­ter­ested in adopt­ing Spike, he is still look­ing for his for­ever home.

“Spike took longer to ad­just to be­ing out of a cage. At the be­gin­ning all he would do was cower in a cor­ner as it is all he’s ever known. He needs a very spe­cial fam­ily who will give him a lot of at­ten­tion.”

She flies to Jo­han­nes­burg at the end of the month and hopes to raise the funds needed by then.

Vet­eri­nary bills will also start pil­ing on as many of the dogs have not re­ceived vet­eri­nary care for years.

“East Lon­don has re­ally stolen my heart; the sup­port I’ve re­ceived has been over­whelm­ing – ev­ery­one has been so help­ful,” Krugel said.

While the “Good Sa­mar­i­tan” is ded­i­cated to re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing the dogs, she is now look­ing for any vol­un­teers who are will­ing to fos­ter the dogs or give them a “for­ever home”.

Any do­na­tions will be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated and can be trans­ferred to Krugel’s ac­count or Aloe Vet­eri­nary Clinic. For more de­tails or if you are in­ter­ested in adopt­ing Spike or any of the other dogs, please con­tact Krugel on 084-502-7832.

Pic­ture: MADELEINE CHAPUT

HAPPY FAM­ILY: Born in a Cage founder Robyn Krugel, left, and Ethan and Dar­ius Lyle sit on the couch in Krugel’s home cud­dling English bulldogs, from left Spike, Thor­ton and the new­est mem­ber of the Lyle fam­ily, Don­ald

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