Herewith the photo of the donation of pet food and products as per our recent discussion. I have asked Jody (082 441 3417) the organiser of the donation to email you with the details behind this very much appreciated donation. Jody is a member of a car club, who will be visiting our animal shelter called Adopt-a-Pet tomorrow, Saturday, with about 40 colleagues, who have raised the funds for the donation and who will be coming to walk our dogs and interact with our cats.
Adopt-a-Pet is a “pro-life” dog and cat rescue organisation whose mandate is to rescue homeless and unwanted animals which would otherwise have lost their lives without our intervention. The only animals which are euthanased in the true sense of the word are the terminally ill and those suffering from incurable pain on the advice of our caring vets who have been helping us unstintingly for the past 24 years. Since March 2011, when we were approached by NICRO (The National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders) to enter into a three year working agreement with them, we have been implementing Humane Education and Youth Enrichment Programmes with learners living in high risk areas, firstly at a high school in Factreton, followed by similar programmes with learners in Sweet Home Farm in Philippi and currently in Freedom Park in Ottery.
We are happy to report that the results of these programmes have succeeded beyond our expectations, with “graduates” from the programmes mentoring the most recent group of learners. Our programmes aim to promote positive qualities such as compassion, empathy and respect for all life, whether towards non-human creatures which share our troubled world as well as towards their fellow human beings. These programmes have undoubtedly confirmed that they contribute positively towards the lowering on levels of violence and act as a crime prevention mechanism. Research has also proved that violence towards animals by children should be viewed in a very serious light as it is a strong indicator that when these children reach adulthood, they could develop into hardened criminals preying on the most vulnerable people in our society, such as children, women, the elderly and the handicapped. We have taken our cue from the wisdom of Nelson Mandela and would like to meet with officialdom to expand our programmes so as to keep young people off the streets and offer them an appealing alternative to the “attractions” of gangsterism, violence and drugs.
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