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A helping hand can go a long way
There is never a shortage of books for sale at the Wagtails Charity Shop on the corner of 6th Avenue and Albert Road in Walmer. Photo:SUPPLIED

AS one of the biggest animal charities in Nelson Mandela Bay, the Animal Welfare Society Port Elizabeth makes a big difference in aiding homeless, stray, neglected, abandoned, unwanted, geriatric, abused, sick and injured animals in the area.

They also run community outreach programmes twice a week for the local disadvantaged areas, with their team heading out into the township to assist the many animals in need.

Save the AWS veterinary clinic

In 2018, a total of 8 615 animals were treated at their veterinary clinic, 1 197 animals sterilised by their vet and 1 301 animals treated at their community clinic – and they’re in danger of closing.

AWS has made an appeal to the public to help save their veterinary clinic.

According to a statement issued by the AWS, at any time the facility may be working with and caring for over 150 resident animals. During their busiest times, that figure may double or even triple.

This is a very heavy financial burden for the organisation.

They recently launched an appeal on a crowdfunding platform and have set a goal of R500 000.

This year’s figures for the number of animals treated and sterilised seems to be following a similar trend to those of last year, showing an ever increasing need for a veterinary clinic.

To help them reach their fundraising goal, go to www.givengain.com/cc/keep-our-veterinary-clinic-open/.

Wagtails Charity Shops

AWS Port Elizabeth also runs a year-round fund-raising project in the form of their two charity shops that support the shelter in Victoria Drive.

AWS Wagtails Charity Shops.Photo:SUPPLIED
AWS Wagtails Charity Shops.Photo:SUPPLIED

The shops, located on the corner of 6th Avenue and Albert Road in Walmer, and in the Westway Centre in Newton Park, sell donated second-hand goods.

“Our shops rely solely on goods that are donated by the public and all funds raised at Wagtails goes directly to the shelter at AWS PE. The money that our shops bring in is essential to help finance the care for the many dogs and cats living at the shelter,” said Frank Atkinson, executive committee member for the Wagtails portfolio.

AWS PE runs 365 days per year. According to Atkinson, AWS houses, on average, more than 100 dogs and 80 cats every month.

“The monthly operational costs run high, and consist of food, veterinary care (including medication), wages for staff at the shelter and our shops (there are 40 employees and a full-time veterinarian), shelter maintenance costs, fuel for our inspectors’ vehicles to check cruelty and neglect complaints and to do home checks for adoption, etc.,” he explained.

“Apart from helping us raise funds for our shelter, our charity shops also serve the local community by allowing them to shop for affordable, good quality second-hand items.”

But for this to work, they rely on donations, volunteers and, of course, shoppers.

“Our seven staff members are supported by regular volunteers to assist with sorting and pricing donated items, and setting up displays.

“Wagtails is a great place to meet people, learn new skills and have fun. Your interest, energy and enthusiasm can help to raise money for a good cause, making a real difference in the lives of the animals we help at the shelter,” Atkinson said.

And Wagtails is a shop for people from all walks of life. Items on sale range from clothing, jewellery, kitchen and homeware, linen and sport equipment to gardening tools, furniture, collectibles and memorabilia, books and magazines, toys and games.

“We need a constant flow of good quality products to fill our shelves in order to keep raising funds for our animal shelter.

“Keep us in mind when cleaning out cupboards, downsizing, revamping or moving house,” he said.

Donations can either be dropped off at the shops or be collected.

For more info or to arrange for collection, contact Wagtails Walmer at 041 581 2633 or 060 518 0149.

Alternatively, follow the Wagtails Charity Shop AWS PE Facebook page.

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