Spread­ing pet food drive

Go! & Express - - GO! SCHOOLS - SIVENATHI GOSA

After los­ing his cat, Komgha Ju­nior School head­boy Colby Kean, 13, started Pixie’s Pet Drive two years ago to col­lect and do­nate food to pet shel­ters.

For two weeks, Komga Ju­nior pupils brought in tins and bags of pet food and in the end, a to­tal 372kg of pet food was col­lected and do­nated to Hill­top An­i­mal Out­reach.

When Kean’s cat went miss­ing, he went in search of it at Wil­so­nia-based shel­ter Pet Pals but in­stead of find­ing his beloved cat, he saw the pets there with no food.

“Colby is a very warm­hearted young boy, who al­ways wants to help where it’s needed,” said his mother Lyn Kean.

“Hill­top An­i­mal Out­reach came about just over eight years ago when we recog­nised the plight of the an­i­mals in and around the more im­pov­er­ished ar­eas of East Lon­don. We are two women with our very pas­sion­ate vol­un­teers who are try­ing to make a dif­fer­ence to the des­per­ate and stricken an­i­mals,” said Jenni Krause of Hill­top An­i­mal Out­reach.

“Our pri­mary fo­cus is the ster­il­is­ing of the an­i­mals to pre­vent the ever-grow­ing pop­u­la­tion of pup­pies and kit­tens. We tar­get a min­i­mum of three ster­il­i­sa­tions a week, and have done well over the 500 mark since we started.

“We are grate­ful for what Kean and the school are do­ing for the out­reach, it re­ally does make a dif­fer­ence, as we de­pend on do­na­tions and fund-rais­ing events.”

Krause said they col­lect and sell sec­ond-hand cloth­ing to raise funds for med­i­cal bills and food. They also have raf­fle com­pe­ti­tions along with cake and book sales.

“The chal­lenge we face are the in­creas­ing num­bers of aban­doned an­i­mals that re­quire feed­ing and ster­il­i­sa­tion, cru­elty cases that re­quire emer­gency vet­eri­nary care, and fund­ing pres­sure.

“We use ap­prox­i­mately 90kg of dry food and six cases of pam­pers a week to feed the cats at the Frere Hos­pi­tal, South­ern­wood and Gonu­bie Car­a­van Park. We sup­ply dog food to many own­ers in the in­for­mal set­tle­ments,” she said.

Krause said they were in dire need of vol­un­teers to as­sist with feed­ing on Mon­days, Wed­nes­days and Fri­days.

“It takes us ap­prox­i­mately 3.5 hours in the morn­ing and many hands make light work,” she said.

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