Something special for the dogs
For start-up charities it’s hard to keep your doors open, which is why non-profits need to get creative with the way they fundraise. That’s exactly what The 9th Day Rescue, Rehabilitation and Rehoming Centre did this month with their Valentines themed walk.
The 9th Day is a pro-life animal charity servicing mainly the Krugersdorp and Roodepoort areas. Charlene Barnfield, a volunteer at The 9th Day, said: “In 2017 we were on the verge of closing our doors, but continue to service the greater Roodepoort area thanks to the support of our donors and sponsors. We have a R100 000 vet bill to pay off and monthly costs upwards of R80 000 so every month we need to think of new ways to raise money.”
On Sunday 11 February, The 9th Day hosted pet-parents and their dogs (on leashes) for a leisurely 3km walk on private land in Komdraai, near the Rhino and Lion Park. To ensure the event was memorable West Pack Lifestyle, with stores in Krugerdorp, Krugersdorp West, Little Falls and Constantiakloof in the West Rand, supplied pink and blue clams in the shape of a heart. They were intended to be used as water bowls for the dogs along the paths, but the dogs had other ideas and ended up using the clams as baths! “We ended off with a continental breakfast and everyone had a superb time. We would love to do it again next year as an annual event,” said Charlene.
After the event the heart shaped clams were taken to The 9th Day Animal Shelter in Krugersdorp West for the shelter dogs to use as colourful and fun water bowls.
Through donations The 9th Day focus is able to provide vet care as well as vaccinate, deworm, microchip and sterilise stray animals. Love and patience come standard, so the animals can learn to trust again, with the aim of finding a forever home. Over the last year 9th Day was able to rehome approximately 320 animals.
- Desere Fahey