Kitty and Puppy Haven Need Your Help

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Kitty and Puppy Haven appeal to the public for assistance during lockdown

Image Courtesy Kitty and Puppy Haven

300 Animals and 18 full-time staff at Kitty and Puppy Haven in Midrand are in desperate need of the public's assistance.

"20 years ago I gave up my life in the corporate world to fulfil a dream of making a difference to the life and destiny of as many abused, abandoned and neglected domestic animals as I possibly could with my limited resources. I started with two litters of stray kittens housed in my spare room. Little by little we grew and today we care for over 300 animals and employ 18 full-time staff."

says Samantha Berger, owner of Kitty and Puppy Haven.

"Needless to say, the journey has been fraught with what have seemed like insurmountable Mountains to climb, tears and heartache. We have had to move properties 3 times before finding our current property in Midrand. We have been crippled by burglaries and faced the devastation of a fire. Rand Water tore up our property, with very little compensation, and made it almost impossible for us to operate for 7 months. But the challenges we have faced fade away when we look at all the lives we have saved and destinies we have changed."

continues Berger.

Berger says that they have seen the most broken and traumatised animals learn to trust again, as they nurse these babies physically and emotionally and make them whole again.

"There can be no greater reward. Our slogan is ‘’We Change Their Destiny”. Once an animal comes into our care, no expense is spared to meet all that animal’s needs and to find them the perfect forever home. Some, like our very feral cats, will spend the rest of their days with us because they, sadly, are not homeable. 

But we love them like our own and do everything to ensure we meet their every need."

says Berger.

Right now, they are in 'Crisis Mode’ as she says, as the sanctuary is closed due to the National Lockdown.

"We have had to move 14 members of staff onto the property, both to care for our animals and for their own safety. We are housing and feeding them and doing everything possible to ensure their comfort during this time. Our operating costs have risen but we have absolutely no income.
We still have to pay salaries, rates, water and electricity, provide food for our animals and staff and pay for veterinary visits and care. Our operating costs are over R250,000 per month. 
We are unable to conduct fundraisers, receive physical donations, operate our shop or process any adoptions."

Berger continues,

"Some may ask why we did not go the Foster route and seek homes for our animals during lockdown. The answers are simple. What if they needed veterinary care? What if their carer got sick? 
How would they be able to understand being lavished with love in a home environment and building a relationship with their carer, only to be returned to the Sanctuary once lockdown is lifted? Everything we do and every decision we take is in the best interest of the babies in our care, who are doomed to a life of suffering."

Samantha Berger is asking the public for a donation of just R20 per person.

They are a registered Public Beneficiary Organisation, so donations can be tax deductible, and they can issue a tax certificate. 

Donations can be made to:-
Kitty and Puppy Haven
Nedbank 
Cheque Account,
Sandton City
Acc. No. 1970845082
Branch code 197005
Reference – Lockdown Crisis
For more information e-mail marketing@kittyhaven.co.za or contact Samantha on  010 224 0760/3  

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