(Pet Empowerment in Townships) strives to empower animals in townships and poor communities. We work with the community to improve the lives of these disadvantaged animals by giving them daily meals, warm shelters, regular inoculations, sterilisations and vet care in emergencies. We find homes for the ones that are unwanted, unloved and homeless.
We try to instil in the communities, a responsibility and pride for their animals by not just empowering the animals, but also by educating and helping the people uplift themselves. We believe in working hand in hand with the animals and people of these impoverished areas to create unity, trust and stability for all.
OUR KEY PRINCIPLES AND POLICIES
·Non-Profit: We rely solely on public and corporate donations to cover the costs of our astronomical vet bills, feeding schemes, sterilisations projects and upkeep of our foster pets.
·Pro-life: We only ever euthanize if it is in the animals best interests and there are no other options - we fight for each life.
·Pro-active: We do not sit around and wait for animals in need to come to us. Instead we spend every free minute we have (much to the distress of our families) in the townships LOOKING for the animals that need help.
·Sterilisation: Our main focus is sterilisation in townships. Since 2007, we have sterilised over 3000 animals.
·Foster Care: We believe in foster care as it allows the animal to become part of a loving and caring family immediately, which enables it to feel safe, loved and nurtured. In these environments the animals flourish far quicker than they would have in a kennel situation. Our foster kids are introduced to other animals, cats, dogs and kiddies to try and make them well adapted to all. As most of our animals are rescued out of horrible conditions in townships, some do come with intense fear and uncertainty, and some take longer to 'defrost' than others, but we have had a 100% success rate thus far!
PETS is run by a group of members and volunteers that put every spare minute into helping animals. We are wholly indebted to all our wonderful foster families, volunteers and supporters; without their support only a small amount of what we do today would be possible. We work throughout the Western Cape, wherever help is needed and have supporters from all over South Africa.
I am 34years old and I live in Gordon's Bay, originally coming from Pretoria.
I am married to my soul mate and we have a beautiful daughter Paris Ayden Massey. She is almost 4 years old and the love she displays for animals is amazing and extraordinary. I am truly blessed to have such a gentle child.
Our furry children both past and present, are too many to mention, but my 12 year old Black Lab is my soul dog and rescued me from very dark days of drug abuse.
She fuelled my love for animals with her unconditional love, and she instilled in me a passion and deep respect for animals I never previously had.
When I was 28 I published my first book called Demon Lover / Donker Liefde. It is my autobiography and about my life as a heroin addict and how a dog changed it all and saved my life. My second book, Slumdog Guttercat was published in November 2010.
Another PETS member Kerry Schmidt and I , wrote a children's book called Bella & Buster and has been put into the school curriculum this year.
Fae was run over by a Taxi and left paralized for dead besides the road where Rene' found her in Macassar.
Her pelvis is shattered and Rene' has lost her heart over this beautiful little girl and we are trying to save her life, but we have 2 days to make the decision to either operate or put her to sleep as she cannot live without the operation.
Fae is only 8 months old and a darling little girl, she wags her tail and licks your hand and has a sparkle in her eyes so we know she wants to live.