You’re an all rounder, with an hour or two to spare each day for strategic active online networking. You’re able to lend support and offer direction to your team. Your values are aligned with the Animal Lifeline mandate and objectives.
How Can You Help?
Become a PAL!
You’re crafty and creative with an entrepreneurial streak. You have original ideas and the capacity to act on them. Animal Lifeline favours social entrepreneurialism to fund crucial admin and process expenses and cover basic costs.
You have a safe, secure space, patience and love to give. If you have a spare room (cats) and/or an outdoor secure space for dogs (indoor sleeping) you can save a life. Found animals often need a place of safety while we network to find their humans.
You’re persuasive and confident – and your glass is at least always half-full. In order to be sustainable and remain relevant, non-profits need to create revenue streams.
Reunite Lost and Found Animals
Our main goal at Animal Lifeline is to reduce the number of lost animals surrendered to shelters and the SPCA and thereby reduce the number of animals that remain unclaimed and are put to sleep. We do so primarily by harnessing the power of social media. We’ve initiated a number of online groups and forums and collaborate with members of the public and volunteers who network these animals to help people claim their lost pets. This means that more and more animals get home safely. We insist on positive proof of ownership before handing our charges back to their families and we encourage owners to sterilise, microchip, collar and tag their pets where necessary. If you would like to be part of our online networking team please email: email@example.com
We urge owners to have their pets sterilised to prevent the births of unwanted litters, which contributes to the overpopulation of unwanted animals in an already under-resourced system. We believe that both male and female pets should be sterilised. We do not support the breeding of animals nor do we support breeders. We do, however, celebrate the many breed-specific organisations that work tirelessly to educate people and rescue and rehome animals. We support and advocate TTNR (trap, test, neuter and return) of animals considered feral.
While we try our best to find lost pets’ owners, not every animal gets to go back home. When all else fails, we network for loving homes while keeping homeless animals safe with volunteers in foster care. Occasionally, particularly when an animal’s background and medical history is unknown, we use paid kenneling services with appropriate quarantine areas and protocols to temporarily house the animals while we network. All our foster homes are vetted and we collaborate with other animal rescue organisations to share resources. Fostering saves lives. If you would like to know more about fostering or would like to volunteer to be a foster pet parent please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Collaboration and Partnerships
We network with other animal rescue organisations, veterinary practices, pet grooming parlours and other animal services businesses for critical mass and to extend our reach. We encourage community resource liaison at all levels including security companies and neighbourhood watches. We are also proudly the official animal-rescue service partners for Neighbourly in the Southern Suburbs and Southern Peninsula of Cape Town. (link for more info : https://www.neighbourly.global/blog-south-africa/tag/Animal+Lifeline)
The best way for us to get lost pets back to their families is through microchipping and collars with tags. Pet microchips have helped thousands of animals to be reunited with their families after becoming lost or stolen. It’s vital to keep your particulars updated on the chipping vendor’s database. We offer pop-up stations for chip-checking as microchips are known to migrate within an animal and at the same time, we check that the registration particulars are up-to-date as chipped animals are often rescued off the streets only to find that the owners have not kept their details updated and cannot be located. We have a trained micro-chipping practitioner and host micro-chipping events for dogs. We prefer to micro-chip cats in the safety of their homes and offer this as an extension of our services.
When an animal is found in the streets we need to consult a veterinary practitioner before it can be placed into foster care. This is the only responsible course of action. In addition, we always deworm and treat for ticks and fleas prior to placing in foster care when owners cannot be located. Often when lost pets come to us they are not in the best condition and need urgent medical treatment. This kind of medical treatment doesn’t come cheap, which is why at Animal Lifeline we work tirelessly to raise funds to cover such costs.
It really does take a village - animals need your help. Be a PAL and save lives by donating.
Bank Account: Animal Lifeline NPC First National Bank a/c # 62813977983 Branch code 200409 (Tokai) Swift code FIRNZAJJ
Arrange Foster Homes
One of the best resources that we have available is our wonderful foster pet parents. These people act as temporary homes for lost pets while we network to find their owners or to find forever families for them should they remain unclaimed. We need emergency (short-notice up to 7 days), short-term (up to 14 days), medium-term (14 days to 2 months) and long-term (+2 months) fosters. We work with your requirements to place animals. All that is required to foster a cat is a secure spare room and a little love and attention. We do home checks for all our foster parents and offer peer-support services for them. Fostering is extremely rewarding - sleep well, knowing you are saving lives, email:email@example.com to offer an animal hope.
We believe in TTNR (trap, test, neuter, return) of feral cats. When cats cannot be returned due to their safety concerns we network to find safe locations to which they can be released. This can be a complicated process as the cats cannot simply be released to a new area - they need to be contained for a period before release. We also require that these cats are fed and watered to give them the best chance. We are a pro-life organisation and believe every animal deserves a chance to live.
Keep a lookout for news of our campaigns in previously disadvantaged communities where we strive to improve the welfare of domestic animals. One such campaign is the Kollie Campaign aimed at providing basic ongoing medical care to farm-workers dogs in under-resourced communities. We are also planning a campaign for homeless people’s animals in the new year.
We partner with people within these communities to facilitate improved outcomes for their animals.
Promotion of Primary Prevention
Our core focus is on primary prevention. We use infographics and social media as well as other media as well as outreach programmes (funds permitting) to educate the public on responsible pet ownership including sterilization and vaccination. Our campaigns cover everything from informing the public of ethical and responsible treatment and care of companion animals to the broader animal spectrum up to and including environmental issues.