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| February 21, 2012

Dear All,

There has been a lot of publicity lately regarding the Irwins Animal Rescue Centre.  I was there yesterday, after receiving an email advising that the centre was opening their gates to the public as part of a rehoming campaign undertaken by a group of volunteers.

As I understand the situation, they have a deadline pending the outcome of a court case against the owner, to drastically reduce the number of animals at the shelter by 10 March 2012.  Should the case be finalised, the relevant authorities will decide on the fate of the remaining animals which is unlikely to be positive.

The volunteers that I met are a wonderful group of dedicated people, with the animals’ best interests at heart.  I know there has been much negativity, but I would like to appeal to all animal lovers not to criticise what may have happened in the past – whatever has taken place, no matter whether we agree or disagree – it is the PAST.  We need to focus now on trying to get as many animals rehomed as possible by the deadline.
It is not all doom and gloom when you visit the centre – I would say comfortably that around 95% of all the dogs were interested in the people who came to see them and freely came up to the cages to be petted and enjoy the attention.

Although the enclosures are not fancy, they were neat and clean with shade cloth and kennels in each of them providing good shelter.  There was food in the bowls (I was there at feeding time), and as can be seen from the pictures, the water bowls were clean and full.  None of the dogs were thin, in fact some were a bit chubby!  There is such a variety of dogs available that there would be a dog to suit anyone’s needs and lifestyle.

Please open your heart and send this appeal to anyone whom you know will not mind receiving this email.  Strict adoption procedures will be followed with home checks being carried out by people with relevant experience.  All animals leaving the shelter will be sterilised, vaccinated, dewormed and treated for ticks and fleas.  An adoption fee will also apply to cover these costs.  If you or someone you trust, can offer a loving, forever home to these very special dogs, please contact Allison on 083 269 9102 for further information.

They will be hosting adoption days every Sunday from 10h00 to around 16h00 – come and visit the animals, and offer your support.  They are also in need of additional shadecloth, and labour to clear some stony areas.  Any other donations whether food, cash, collars, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

Helen Taylor
Animal Synergies CC
082 553 7700


It is very rare that the Irwin Animal Rescue Centre makes an appeal for help but today I am not making an appeal, I AM BEGGING YOU.  Not for me but for this home and the animals in it.

Negativity put out by the press, other societies and people, who know little of the work we do or how we do it, are destroying this home for animals that has been in existence for the past 28 years. One is judged by how we care for animals, anybody can come here and judge us and see for themselves just how we do care for animals and then decide if they would like to help or not.

I can give sob stories if you want in this appeal, but there is no time for this, our appeal is urgent for the animals here right now !
Efforts to close us have been on going, but we are still strong in our belief that animals have a right to live and here at Irwin they are fit, fat and healthy, no animal is deprived of love, food or medication but we need help to continue providing for them and others that will need help in the future.
Our banking details are: IRWIN ANIMAL RESCUE CENTRE. Standard Bank Meyerton. Acct. No 021945756. Branch code 01 4537. Current Account.
YOURS VERY SINCERELY, please, if you can, do help us!

Anne Cronje
Co Founder and Director
084 0192381 or 082 950 4368
(Home for damaged animals who have been abused,  neglected and abandoned)

Category: Rescue & Shelter Directory

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