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RAEL and Sandy’s Eden join forces

- JP My­burg Hobbies · Pets

WORCES­TER – The RAEL ad­dic­tion re­cov­ery farm out­side the town re­cently em­barked on a new ini­tia­tive in­volv­ing the non-profit an­i­mal res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tion Sandy’s Eden.

These or­gan­i­sa­tions joined forces on a new project for re­cov­er­ing ad­dicts, who work with re­ha­bil­i­tated an­i­mals, fos­ter­ing and learn­ing to work with them.

It was launched with an an­nounce­ment by Breede Val­ley Mayor An­toinette Steyn, who vis­ited the an­i­mal shel­ter dur­ing her mini-tour of the area to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Re­cov­er­ing ad­dicts will, as part of their three-phase re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, take care and nur­ture these an­i­mals.

“About a year ago I had an is­sue with my dog, and rang Sandy’s Eden to as­sist,” Di­rec­tor and owner of RAEL, Anthony Hall told Stan­dard. “Jue­ni­eta Ever­son and her team didn’t hes­i­tate to help me, and I quickly learnt about the amaz­ing work the shel­ter does. We then de­cided to put our heads to­gether and hence, this project was born. We are ex­cited about em­bark­ing on this jour­ney to­gether.”

He also ex­plained the three-phase ad­dict re­cov­ery process and its func­tion­al­ity. “Phase 1 is de­voted to tak­ing care of a plant, phase 2 tak­ing care of a dog or any other an­i­mal, and phase 3 a part­ner or a loved one.

Ad­dicts of­ten feel left out and unloved by so­ci­ety. This gap can now be filled with the love of a pet. The qual­ity of care is im­por­tant in re­cov­ery, which is learnt through the re­la­tion­ship built with the pet and its groom­ing.”

Like Hall, Ever­son is also ex­cited about em­bark­ing on what they have de­scribed as “a world first”, as­sign­ing an­i­mals to re­cov­er­ing ad­dicts on the farm and or­gan­is­ing classes and work­shops to teach them to take ap­pro­pri­ate care of them.

“An­i­mal res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tions of­ten stag­nate and fail to think out­side of the box,” she said. “What is the dif­fer­ence be­tween an abused an­i­mal in res­cue and a hu­man in re­hab? Noth­ing. They both need re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, com­pas­sion and love. We now have three dogs as­signed to peo­ple in the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme, and they have truly changed over these last few weeks. They went from noth­ing to some­thing in a mat­ter of days.”

Ever­son said Sandy’s Eden was on the brink of clo­sure be­cause it had failed to se­cure suf­fi­cient sup­port. “We are now thank­ful to be op­er­at­ing in such con­di­tions, know­ing we are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence. We are also thank­ful for Sias van Ton­der of Life­style Tech­nol­ogy So­lu­tions for his aid in as­sist­ing in the train­ing.”

Both RAEL and Sandy’s Eden hope to take this ven­ture to new heights and in­spire oth­ers to also take the ini­tia­tive to en­hance an­i­mals and peo­ple in need.

 ??  ?? One of the re­cent ses­sions Sias van Ton­der had with RAEL and Sandy’s Eden.
One of the re­cent ses­sions Sias van Ton­der had with RAEL and Sandy’s Eden.

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