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5 ways you can share the love with furry friends in need

February is the month of love, and this month it’s the homeless animals that need a lot of love!

Scottburgh-based non-profit (NPO) 4 Paws and a Tale Rescue has been inundated with animals in need of food, shelter and medication, with many pet owners simply unable to keep up with the rising cost of living. To ease the burden, the team of volunteers is calling for any donations, either pet-related or monetary, as every little bit helps.

“The economic challenges facing South Africans are being felt in all sectors, with our most vulnerable animals feeling the effects,” explains Nicky Koekemoer of 4 Paws and a Tale Rescue. “The last few months, we’ve noted a spike in the number of homeless and abandoned dogs and cats, as pet owners cannot afford to feed and care for their animals. This is compounded by dwindling resources as our donor pool decreases amid rising living expenses. We’re calling for people to consider showing their love for animals this Valentine’s Day with donations of any kind.”

Here are 5 ways you can help:

1. Donate second-hand goods for resale
A significant portion of daily running costs to help vulnerable animals comes from sales generated by the NPO’s Tale End Charity Shop in Thira Village, just off the main road, 142 Scott Street, in Scottburgh. Any donations of quality, second-hand goods are welcome here, as these are resold and the revenue is used to feed, medicate and care for vulnerable animals. Donations can be dropped off at the Tale End Charity Shop or Seadoone Vet in Amanzimtoti.

2. Buy second-hand goods
You can also support 4 Paws and a Tale Rescue by visiting the Tale End Charity Shop for gently used furniture, books, clothing, crockery and more. This doesn’t only support the many animals in need – it’s a much more sustainable consumer practice. There are some great antique Valentine’s Day finds to be unearthed here! Opening times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Saturday.

3. Donate toward animal care
Part of the services rendered by 4 Paws and a Tale Rescue includes an animal shelter at Nicky’s farm. This means there is always a need for:
• Dry food and tins of dog and cat food;
• Blankets, old towels, linen and kennels which make for a much more comfortable sleeping area and provide shelter on sunny and rainy days for stray and township dogs; or
• Flea and tick medication.

4. Adopt a pet
There are many wonderful dogs and cats available for adoption, either in foster homes or forever homes. Every animal deserves a loving family, and you could make this a reality for a deserving pet this Valentine’s Day. Just contact Nicky on 084 626 5508 or koekemoernicky4paws@gmail.com.

5. Donate some cash
Rather than wasting money on flowers and chocolates, consider spending it on animals in need this Valentine’s Day!
Financial contributions will go toward medical and food bills, petrol and airtime used for home visits, as well as vaccinations. Banking details are as follows:

Name: 4 Paws and a Tale Rescue NPO
Bank: FNB
Branch code: 260225
Account number: 63020490023
International Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ

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