A prayer for financial assistance and pet food at The 9th Day Animal Shelter has been answered by 702 and the Dis-Chem Foundation’s Random Acts of Kindness.
During The John Robbie Show on 702, John told listeners about a desperate plea by Charmaine Booysens, founder of The 9th Day Animal Shelter in which she explained their dire need for assistance.
The Shelter, which is based in Roodepoort, cares for an average of about 100 animals at a time. All the animals at the Shelter are sterilized and microchipped once adopted.
They currently have a kennelling bill of R100 000 outstanding for private kennels and have until the end of October 2015 to moved their dogs from these Kennels. At the present time they are making use of temporary kennels in Krugersdorp West but not all the dogs can be accommodated there.
Charmaine, her mother and aunt clean the kennels every day as they cannot afford staff. A friend of hers has offered a piece of land (free of charge) on which to build their own kennels.
Upon hearing this request, Johncalled on the Dis-Chem Foundation’s Penny Stein, who was eager to donate R50 000 cash donation and R20 000 pet and hygiene products from their stores.
Charmaine started The 9th Day Animal Shelter in January 2015 to work as a rescue, rehabilitation and re-home centre. The main focus is dogs, but they do have eight cats at the moment.
Charmaine is no stranger to caring for animals. She joined the SPCA in Roodepoort as a volunteer and moved up the ranks where she joined the committee and later became chairlady.
“After I left I started asking myself am I really making a difference. How can I make a bigger difference? So I closed my eyes and I started The 9th Day Animal Shelter,” she said.
For the first 5 or 6 months, Charmaine and her husband funded the shelter on their own, but this didn’t last very long. They soon ran into financial trouble and could not afford to be paid a salary, or even for her petrol and cell phone expenses.
“Some people would ask me why I do this, if it causes me so many worries. The answer is quite simple, it’s my passion. I eat, breath and live for my rescues – it is who I am.”
John got a chance to visit the 9<sup>th </sup>Day Shelter, which he refers to as “the most amazing organisation”.