“All I am pleading now is for premises and any financial assistance with our vet bills due to so many animals being abused.”
This is the plea of Cheryl-Lyn Potgieter, founder of the Cheryl-Lyn’s Rescue Organisation (CRO) and well known for her many animal rescue missions in the Table View and Milnerton areas.
Potgieter is calling on communities to assist with funds for a rehabilitation centre for CRO.
After years of working tirelessly in communities and informal settlements, combating animal neglect and abuse, Potgieter says their goal is to rehabilitate and rehome abused animals. However, without the proper facilities and premises, her task is getting more difficult.
“We rehabilitate abused, neglected and emaciated animals. We ensure that they get good homes once they are ready to be adopted. I am basically the only one who deals with the severe cruelty cases for the last 10 years. Before I had a volunteer who assisted me, but he has moved further away. I try to calm the animals down, sort the problem out and get the animal to the vet soonest. There are times that some cruelty cases can affect me, but I have to get over it in order to help the next serious case,” she says.
Throughout the years, Potgieter has been rescuing animals from the most horrific conditions day and night, seven days a week, rehabilitating and rehoming, and all of this with her dwindling personal funds and donations from the public.
To this end, even her own private space is completely filled up with severe cases of abuse and neglect.
“There are some dogs with severe cases that just battle to get rehomed. This is why we need a rehabilitation centre where we can have the facilities to help them.
“Our progress so far is that we treated some severe cruelty cases, for example a dog that was terribly emaciated and the dog looked awful. I persevered and rehabilitated the dog and today she has the best home ever. The before and after photo was unbelievable. There is hope,” Potgieter tells TygerBurger.
Potgieter is also called when deceased animals are found alongside roads and she will collect them and take them to a vet for possible identification.
“There was one incident when a dog was hung on the Malibongwe Bridge and they left her to die. She was hanging for 10 minutes and fortunately the manager facilitator of the Curo School saved her life and I rehabilitated her back to health. She will never be the same again. She lost to much oxygen to the brain. Another incident was when a human raped a dog which she had no chance to survive and lastly when I rescued a dog that was burnt with cooking oil twice in one day that I personally don’t know how she survived the pain. I rehabilitate the worst situations and afterwards they look like a new dog. They look beautiful once they get love, treatment and good food. We have to slowly build their trust again towards humans,” she says.
Potgieter explains they ensure that the dogs get good homes especially after what they have been through.
“I usually find good homes and I have adopted a large number of dogs during the past few years. The problem is when we have successful adoptions, then there are a few more cruelty cases to assist with. So you can never scale down, because there are many cases that we cannot turn our backs on. When I receive an urgent call out then it’s usually a very bad situation. There are times that we cannot save them all but we try our best,” she says.
- To assist Potgieter, contact her on 082 770 2667 or visit her BackABuddy page via www.backabuddy.co.za/cheryl-lyn.