An­i­mal res­cue pair win prize

The Sunday Independent - - METRO - | LUKE FOLB

CAR­ING for hun­dreds of home­less dogs on a farm was al­ways on the cards for Shireen Wil­liams and Gayl Bas­son, who have been in­volved in an­i­mal res­cue and rehabilitation since be­fore they founded the Fallen An­gels Pet Res­cue four years ago on a farm in Melk­bosstrand.

The non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, hous­ing over 320 dogs res­cued from town­ships across the Western Cape, re­cently won the in­au­gu­ral Brian Davies Award.

Wil­liams said she was over­whelmed. “It will im­prove the lives of fur an­gels in our care and many animals that need our im­me­di­ate help.”

Named af­ter an­i­mal wel­fare pi­o­neer Brian Davies, the award is pre­sented by the Net­work for Animals (NFA) and is a new an­nual award made to an an­i­mal wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tion that has man­aged to sig­nif­i­cantly help animals in dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances. It car­ries a $10000 (R143058) cash prize.

Fi­nal­ists for the award came from Greece, Uruguay and South Africa. More than 10000 peo­ple voted.

Bas­son said the dogs they res­cued needed love, care and good homes. “We re­ha­bil­i­tate them, vac­ci­nate them and pay for their vet and food costs.”

She said most of the prize money had al­ready gone in vet costs and urged the pub­lic to con­sider help­ing with food do­na­tions.

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