LEAPS is a registered animal welfare organisation tending to the needs of animals in the townships of Elands Bay, Lamberts Bay and Vredenburg up the West Coast, 220 kms from Cape Town. There is a population of approximately 8000 people in Vredenburg alone, with each household owning about 3 dogs that have not yet been sterilized. We anticipate that we are trying to assist about 15 000 dogs in Vredenburg alone.
Our team consists of 3 dedicated full time employees and a further contingent of wonderful volunteers, most of whom have full-time jobs. All of our volunteers personally visit the townships to tend to animals in need. We are entirely dependent on donations as we receive no funding from the local Municipalities.
Our aim is to educate township pet owners to better care for their pets. We are constantly fundraising to assist with the medical needs of the animals , particularly with regard to mass sterilisations, feeding programmes and providing shelter to thousands of animals. Our closest vet to two of our townships is 90 km one-way and we often have to transport ill or injured pets utilizing our own vehicles. We currently walk door to door, and administer assistance in the street.
To date, we have spayed over 2500 animals, as well as assisting other surrounding towns with medical assistance and manpower for spayathons in their areas. We have also been involved in education programmes for school children aimed at better caring for their pets.
Many people ask, “What do we need?” To be honest, we need just about anything you can think of for an animal; food, food and food, blankets, shelters, money for medicine and veterinary assistance, money to buy a mobile clinic from where we can work in the township , hands-on assistance in the township, assistance with fundraising initiatives, and so we could carry on indefinitely.
Our motto is simple: EVERY BIT COUNTS! It is quite amazing how far you can make R10 go when you need to. Please consider making a donation, whether monetary or otherwise to our very worthy cause. You can also sms LEAPS to 40131 to make a R20 donation. Or contact us on any of the numbers below or by email to email@example.com.
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