Vets rais­ing bags of money to help rhi­nos

Group are urg­ing peo­ple to donate

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

TWO Hilling­don bor­ough vets are call­ing for good qual­ity used clothing, shoes, hand­bags, cur­tains and bedding to help their ef­forts to raise funds to help rhi­nos in­jured by poach­ers.

The God­dard Ve­teri­nary Group prac­tices in Uxbridge and Hayes End are col­lect­ing the clothes and other items which are then sold on, with all funds raised go­ing to Sav­ing the Survivors, a small charity which en­ables vets to treat wildlife in Africa, and re­lated charity The Wilder­ness Foun­da­tion.

Lee-Ann Higgins, vet at the Uxbridge branch of God­dard Ve­teri­nary Group who is from South Africa, said: “Al­most all the sur­viv­ing rhi­nos live in South Africa where they are be­ing killed at a rate of about four a day.

“To avoid alert­ing rangers, poach­ers are in­creas­ingly dart­ing and im­mo­bil­is­ing them be­fore cut­ting off their horns and leav­ing them to die from blood loss and shock.

“It’s a ter­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion but, each year, about 100 rhi­nos sur­vive long enough to be treated and this is where Sav­ing the Survivors helps. The vets it sup­ports are car­ry­ing out pi­o­neer­ing treat­ment to help th­ese rhi­nos re­cover.”

The Wilder­ness Fund runs ini­tia­tives, in­clud­ing the train­ing of tracker dogs, which deters the lo­cal track­ers who help the poach­ers.

Ms Higgins added: “We all care pas­sion­ately about the fu­ture of th­ese won­der­ful an­i­mals which is why we have launched our ap­peal for sec­ond hand clothes and other items which can be sold on to raise funds. We would be very grate­ful for dona­tions to be brought to ei­ther of our prac­tices.”

God­dard Ve­teri­nary Group Uxbridge is based at 64 The Greenway and can be con­tacted on 01865 233095.

The Hayes End branch is at 1334 – 1336 Uxbridge Road, Hayes End, Mid­dle­sex, and can be con­tacted on 020 8561 2123.

n IN THE BAG: God­dard Ve­teri­nary Group Uxbridge team mem­bers (from left) Ali­cia Dixon, Lee-Ann Higgins, Char­lie Alderman and Elle Evans

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