New ken­nels for Nieu Bet­hes­da’s dogs

Graaff-Reinet Advertiser - - Voorblad -

NIEU-BET­HES­DA — So­me for­tu­na­te Nieu-bet­hes­da dogs ha­ve been the re­ci­pients of stur­dy new ken­nels to keep them shaded in this fier­ce he­at, and warm in the icy win­ter to co­me.

To da­te, the Na­ma­qua Dog and Don­key Foun­da­ti­on (NDDF) - in the ca­pa­ble hands of Rei­net­te S­mith from Be­no­ni - has or­ga­ni­sed spon­sors­hip of 10 brand new, stur­dy ken­nels for Nieu-bet­hes­da dogs.

E­ach ken­nel cos­ts R500 to spon­sor. The ken­nels are beau­ti­ful­ly ma­de by a man in an in­for­mal sett­le­ment ne­ar Be­no­ni who now has a good sour­ce of in­co­me. The spon­sor's na­me is pla­ced on a pla­que on the ken­nel. In a pla­ce of ex­tre­me we­at­her such as our Ka­roo, the­se ken­nels are re­al­ly ap­pre­ci­a­ted.

Vic­to­ria Nan­ce is an a­ni­mal lo­ver in Bet­hes­da who works hand in hand with the NDDF. She as­ses­ses which ho­mes will be­ne­fit from ken­nels u­sing the fol­lo­wing cri­te­ria:

• The o­w­ner must al­low her to or­ga­ni­se ste­ri­li­za­ti­on for all of their a­ni­mals (ma­les in­clu­ded.)

• They ha­ve to pro­ve that they are re­spon­si­ble pet o­w­ners and that they will not col­lect mo­re dogs than they are ca­pa­ble of look­ing af­ter pro­per­ly.

• They sign a con­tract to sta­te that they will not sell or da­ma­ge the ken­nel and en­de­a­vour to main­tain them with cre­o­so­te that Vic­to­ria sup­plies on a re­gu­lar ba­sis.

Vic­to­ria be­lie­ves that the­se ken­nels are a "fa­bu­lous in­cen­ti­ve for dog o­w­ners and rai­se Kathleen and Kas­per with their ‘child­ren’ Su­kie and Vlooi. a­wa­re­ness that dogs should be kept warm and shel­te­red as well as being fed".

Two of the re­cent re­ci­pients of the ken­nels are re­si­dents of 'Kooi­kamp' - a s­mall in­for­mal sett­le­ment on the nort­hern ed­ge of Bet­hes­da.

Kas­per (al­so fond­ly kno­wn as Vel­lies) and his wi­fe Kathleen are proud dog o­w­ners and their dogs Su­kie and Vlooi are a tes­ta­ment to the lo­ve and ca­re that they ha­ve for their dogs. Kas­per lost his legs a few y­e­ars ago and his fait­hful dogs are by his si­de nig­ht and day. Su­kie and Vlooi are well fed and in ex­cel­lent con­di­ti­on and hap­pi­ly gam­bol with neig­hbour­hood dogs in the a­rea.

Young S­te­ven li­ves in the shack next door to Kas­per and Kathleen. Vic­to­ria no­ti­ced that he was a qui­et, sad boy as he has re­cent­ly lost one of his dogs to bi­li­a­ry and t­hen a­not­her that was run o­ver. The de­lig­ht on his fa­ce on re­cei­ving a new ken­nel ma­de it worth so much mo­re than a u­se­ful ho­me for his be­lo­ved dogs.

Ken­nels a­si­de, Rei­net­te S­mith al­so or­ga­ni­sed a do­na­ti­on of 30 dog bo­wls for the ken­nel o­w­ners as well as a box of col­lars which are gi­ven to e­ach dog in the vil­la­ge as it gets ste­ri­li­zed.

A col­la­red dog me­ans that it be­longs to so­meo­ne and is ta­ken ca­re of by this com­mu­ni­ty - and ma­kes strays mo­re e­a­si­ly i­den­ti­fi­a­ble in Nieu-bet­hes­da.

If a­nyo­ne would li­ke to spon­sor a ken­nel, p­le­a­se con­tact Rei­net­te S­mith on 076 714 5460. Jef­frey and S­te­ven be­am with de­lig­ht with Mei­sie­kind.

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