Animal rescue pair win prize
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.