Barking Mad – My friend and loyal volunteer Kim sent me an email today about Barking Mad. Not having heard of it, I logged onto the site and what a wonderful organisation they are.
What they do the animals and owners can be called angelic. So many animals are left to their own devices. It’s a pity we don’t have a Dogtown in East London, but we can still help them out. Visit the site and click on the donate a food bowl to help them feed a pet today www.barkingmad.co.za. They also have the cutest t-shirts for sale at only R100!
One of the programmes is the Open Paw in Shelters –
Open Paw in Shelters
While it is Open Paw’s goal to use education to keep animals out of shelters, we recognize that there are animals in shelters now who need our help. Imagine walking into an animal shelter where all is quiet and it smells good. The dogs are peacefully, lounging on beds chewing away on delectable food-stuffed chew toys or sitting calmly at the front of their kennels wagging “Hello” at every passer by. The cats are either curled up in beds on elevated platforms or batting at dangling catnip toys. Volunteers are busily training dogs throughout the facility and Cat Cuddlers are patiently teaching young playful cats to retract their claws before getting over-excited.
This is a shelter where people come for miles, clamoring to adopt the friendly, well-trained residents. These are cats and dogs that will easily settle into their new, permanent homes. This is a shelter where everyone that walks in, walks out just a little bit smarter, more aware of their animal companion’s needs. This is an Open Paw shelter.
Open Paw was created in January of 2000 with the goal of preventing the unwanted animal problem at its source. Most shelter animals were once perfectly normal, lovable and loved puppies and kittens. Yet many are surrendered to shelters or abandoned when they are six months to two years old.
Why have these animals become unwanted? In most cases, because of behavior, temperament, or training problems, all of which could easily have been prevented. Sadly, having come to the shelter with behavioral baggage already, many animals rapidly deteriorate after only a short time in the shelter environment. They often become de-housetrained, hyperactive, noisy, anxious, and lonely. Unless a vigorous socialization and training program is in effect, the animals, particularly puppies and kittens, become less and less adoptable, and less likely to remain in a home if they do become adopted, with each day that they stay in the shelter.
Barking Mad Wish List
Steel Dog Bowls
Beds and bedding
Collars and leads
Brain toys for dogs: Treat dispensers, kongs
Raw hides and chew toys for dogs
Squeeky tennis balls, this is their favorite toy
Deep freeze for Kongsicles
For the BarkingMad office and kennels:
Small white boards for names and details of dogs
White board Markers
Ink for Hp office jet 6313
CTV system – so we can watch our dogs 24/7
Hut 3x3m2 for office to be set up in
Hut 3x3m2 for kennels for dogs
BarkingMad is the website of Dogtown South Africa PTY LTD A section 21 non profit Company 2009/015936/08
*Please take note of our new banking details*
Make your donations to Dogtown South Africa
Account Name: Dogtown South Africa
Branch Code: 254005
Account Number: 62240425571
First National Bank
Cnr Main And Republic Road
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