Dassenberg Rescue Centre started out in 2000 in response to the desperate situation of horses in the Atlantis area. In our work we are often confronted by the reality of poverty and what this means for communities and their animals.
This was recently brought home to us again when we were called out to respond to a dog in the Chatsworth area.
Like other rescue centres, our kennels are full to capacity and it’s not always possible to reach out to animals in need due to our own limited resources.
But what we saw in Max was indicative of so many of the tragedies that come with extreme poverty. Lack of access to proper care leaves dogs unsterilized and vulnerable to STD’s. Limited funds means that dogs aren’t getting the nutrition needed to sustain a healthy system and results in conditions like mange. Desperation of money can also lead people to look to dog fighting as a way to supplement their meagre income.