Running 4 Paws

Durban athletes put sterlisation project on track

Through their separate BackABuddy pages, the athletes were able to raise R67 000 towards Sanctuary Project’s ongoing sterilisation clinics.

A WHOPPING R67 000, raised by 12 dedicated Comrades Marathon athletes through Sanctuary Project’s #2025by2025 initiative, is expected to fund at least one sterilisation clinic.

The achievement comes hot on the heels of the successful #50Fifty fund-raising drive that saw the organisation reach its goal of sterilising 50 animals last year.

Not a group to rest on its laurels, Sanctuary Project continues to forge ahead and on 9 June 2019 was proud to announce that the group of 12 athletes, who had dedicated their Comrades Marathon to ‘Running 4 Paws’, raised R67 000 through their individual BackaBuddy links.

This has been a much-needed cash injection to boost the #2025by2025 initiative which forms part of Sanctuary Project’s mission to sterilise 2025 dogs and cats by 2025.

“You can follow the initiative on our Facebook and Instagram accounts by searching for #2025by2025,” said Sanctuary Project’s Bruce Wilson, a canine and parrot behaviourist and wildlife/animal rehabilitation specialist who oversees animal rescue, re-homing and rehabilitation.

“We have partnered with two well-established organisations, KZN Valley Dogs and Funda Nenja, to ensure that we are able to reach as many dogs in these community networks as possible.”

To date, Sanctuary Project has sterilised 57 animals since its first project (#50Fifty) kicked off.

The team soon realised it would be much more effective to go into the areas and sterilise dogs near their homes.

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