Dancers Love Dogs care for animals
Charity holds concert to benefit furry friends in need
FOUR years ago, an emaciated puppy in the throes of death was dragging itself along the N2 near the airport. A dance teacher saw the dog and jumped out of her car to follow it. While she searched for the puppy, she saw hundreds of homeless dogs in need of veterinary care.
The puppy was eventually found and named Miles. The little creature found hope and Brigitte Reeve Taylor discovered the true purpose of her life.
“I am not sure how the universe works and how events happen to change our lives, but rescuing Miles on the N2 in February 2012, was my ‘Ah ha!’ moment. Driving with him in the car to my vet, I just knew I needed to make a bigger difference. I truly believe Miles picked me, to change my life,” Taylor said.
She wanted to help the animals and the answer was simple: she would combine her training in the performing arts with her love for animals and raise money for the dogs through dance. A loving owner adopted Miles and Dancers Love Dogs was born.
“Dancers Love Dogs came from a concept that I used to raise money, for the Reach for a Dream foundation many years ago. This is what I know and this is what I am most comfortable with – putting on productions.
“Having 35 years of dance teaching experience, I used my connections in the dance and theatre world to do a collaboration of dance for animals.”
Every year, the organisation has an event where dancers and performers collaborate to assist the animals in need of sterilisation, specifically in the townships.
The main problem with pet animals is over-breeding. The animals are euthanised as there are just not enough homes for all the puppies.
Sterilisation is the only way to eliminate the need to euthanise healthy, adoptable puppies.
“Shelters are over-run with animals needing to be homed. Sterilisation improves health, increases life expectancy and improves the animals’ behaviour. It reduces the pets’ urge to roam and reduces incidents of several serious health problems, like cancer, which are expensive to treat,” said Taylor.
Each ticket sold will fund one sterilisation.
Currently in its sixth year, the organisation has raised R1.83 million and sterilised 9 105 animals.
The dancers are also gaining from this experience. Taylor said they do not pay for anything to put on the show and do not receive payments either. From the performers, printing and prizes, everything is based on donations. They pay the vet directly for the sterilisations.
Dancers Love Dogs 2017 will take place at the Artscape Opera House on November 1. Tickets are available through Computicket and cost R300 each.
The dogs will join the dancers on stage.