Phoenix animal rescue NPO to face hefty bill
PHOENIX – When three animal lovers joined forces to form an NPO they took on more than just a cause. Working on a voluntary basis these animal activists have been left with a hefty vet bill to pay. Phoenix Animal Care and Treatment (PACT) was formed by animal lover, Neeri Naidoo and fellow activists Lynette Naidoo and Candice Chetty. The NPO was inspired by a chance encounter when Naidoo found animals in need after hours with no place to go. “It was late at night when I found these little puppies, covered in blood,” said Naidoo. Realising that there was no after hour service to animals in need, Naidoo decided to start her own NPO which she formed in March 2012 and after 5 years of animal rescue PACT’s vet bill is in excess of R200 000 said Naidoo.
For Naidoo, rescuing animals is more than a simple community initiative, but a way to give a voice to the voiceless. “When I saw how badly animals were being treated I thought someone should do something about it, then I realized I was that someone,” said Naidoo. When the volunteers find animals that are starving, wounded or abandoned it is their job to rescue the animals and get them the care they need. “[Naidoo] brings us a lot of pets, mostly injured dogs in bad condition,” said Zsuzsa James, practice manager of The Ridge Vet and Pet Spa in uMhlanaga.
Vet bills piled up despite the welfare rates that afford PACT discounted animal care. “As much as we love to help, we need to cover costs and funds are not coming in as fast as the pets,” said James.
Despite the financial strain, these animal lovers continue to work tirelessly to rescue animals in the area.
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