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African Blessings Pet Food Drive

African Blessings Pet Food Drive

A word of thanks:

How the days have blurred into one another this year. Not too long ago we shared one of our annual projects with you – the African Blessings Pet Food Drive. Our Community Critter Care unit needed your assistance this year in providing the domestic animals of the communities we serve with dry pet food, blankets, and medication to help see them through the harsh winter months.




When we were smack dab in the middle of winter and it certainly was cold, our donors’ hearts were warm as we received wonderful donations to distribute to the fur-children around us. Now that our Pet Food Drive for 2018 has drawn to a close, we would like to thank every single soul who contributed to our cause. Without you, this collection would certainly not have been possible!

Our Cause for Paws drive donors

A quick story:

Twice a month our dedicated staff mission into the settlements and communities surrounding Rustfontein Farm; searching for lost fur-souls, conducting checks at the livestock corrals and finally pausing in the large open fields to dip, deworm and provide kibble to the owners and pets who arrive at the pop-up CCC stations. Many of these families adore their pet companions, but simply do not have the financial means to provide the care they need: that is where we step in. Each furry best friend is checked for ticks or signs of serious illness; dewormed, dipped and dried before getting a yummy treat and a kiss goodbye on the snout, until our return visit. Every now and again, there is a mangy pooch or sickly kitty which needs further attention. The owners provide their details and temporarily hand them over to our capable hands so that they may be treated at the Bronkhorstspruit Veterinary Clinic. Once healthy and happy, they are returned to their families amidst squeals of joy and wagging tails.

Some of the lovely critters we have met along this incredible journey have been:

Bobby. Bobby is a Jack Russel cross who was scratching himself silly when we first met him, hiding between his owners’ legs. He had a terrible case of mange which left his fur a clumpy mess and it needed immediate attention. He was taken to our trusted Vet, received regular, treated baths and soon returned home – smiling all the way.

Bobby receiving ointment

Big Boy. This golden oldie was seen regularly in a township nearby on many visits, and one day was discovered, injured. Our Missions Director, Rita, adopted him immediately and sought the attention he needed before bringing him to live out his days on the Rustfontein Farm. He was happy and healthy and enjoyed his last year of life well taken care of. Big Boy passed away in 2017 surrounded by love.

Zillah. Zillah is just one of the six donkeys who reside on the farm under warm sunshine skies. All of our donkeys were rescued from dire situations of abuse and neglect. After tender care and many nutritious meals, Zillah and the herd are now nothing but shiny coats and gentle faces.

A bakkie (or two) full of goods:

Our supporters were awesome this year and we would like to thank each and every one of you for your contributions! We collected;

The tallied collections from the Cause for Paws drive

A special mention must go to:

  • Mount Amanzi, who set about a two-month collection for our Community Critter Care Team. Their awesome staff (and all their visitors) got involved by partaking in car washes, bake sales, markets, and events to raise thousands for Cause for Paws!
  • Lombardy Office Park (Uni-Vate Properties, Uni-Brokers Resale, ACT Travel and ­Uni-Collect) who really dug deep and provided our community with a variety of necessities to ensure none of the areas cuddly companions go cold or hungry this winter.

Thank you to everyone who contributed