Hoedspruit AnimaL Outreach (HALO) was created to provide assistance to people and animals in the communities around Hoedspruit. HALO’s goals are to improve animal health and living conditions, prevent and alleviate suffering of domestic animals, encourage and assist in spaying and neutering of pets and to provide education about their animals to the individuals in the community.
The first community that HALO reached out to was Manoutsa, a small village nestled against the mountains on either side of the R36 between the Tzaneen turnoff and the Strydom Tunnel. Due to its size and location, Manoutsa seemed to be an almost forgotten village when it came to State-run veterinary services and the community was very eager for HALO to assist them with their animals. A wonderful relationship thus began between HALO and Mr Andrea Kobeng, the local tribal office, Collen Muyimana, a member of the Manoutsa community, the rest of Manoutsa and HALO.
It did not stop with Manoutsa, soon the villages of Sigagule (with the assistance of Nourish and African Dream Horse Safaris), The Willows, Tswenyane and California/Moraba joined the list of communities that HALO assists. Many of our communities are impoverished, unemployment is sky high and the owners struggle to provide adequate care for their dogs. Through our outreach programmes, we try to assist owners in this regard.
At each outreach, members of the community are encouraged to bring their animals for dipping, vaccinations and deworming when necessary. All the dogs are examined and any medical conditions are treated on site or taken to one of the local small animal clinics for treatment. Owners are also encouraged to sign up their dogs for sterilisation, which is funded through our “Sponsor-a-Sterilisation” campaign on Facebook.
Complete records, including the owner’s details and information about the dog (name, weight, body condition score, vaccination status, any medical conditions or noteworthy changes etc.), are compiled from each outreach and filed. These records allow the HALO team to keep statistics on the animals in order to keep track of the positive trends in animal care and condition following HALO’s involvement in the community.
Education is a key goal for HALO and its members discuss animal welfare topics such as adequate and proper nutrition, benefits of sterilisation, prevention and treatment of common disorders such as mange, transmissible venereal tumours and fly strike with the animal owners. HALO also runs a “Sponsor-a-Dog” campaign to assist owners with getting their animals sterilised. HALO also assists owners that require more assistance in treating their dog’s medical conditions or food supplementation.
HALO is run completely by volunteers, who draw no salary or compensation from the organisation, so 100% of all funds and goods donated or raised go into funding HALO’s outreaches and assisting the community and its animals.
HALO depends entirely on donations in order to make a difference in the communities we assist. HALO is run completely by volunteers, who draw no salary or compensation from the organisation, so 100% of all funds and goods donated or raised go into funding HALO’s outreaches and assisting the community and its animals.
Our monthly expenses include vaccinations, dewormers, dip and flea/tick spray, basic wound care ointments and bandages and approximately 550kg of dog food. If you are able to donate any of the required items, please email us at [email protected]
If you would like to donate financially:
From www.paypal.com search for us via our e mail address: [email protected] and follow the simple instructions.
First National Bank Hoedspruit
Branch code: 270 652
Account number: 6261 5721 489
SWIFT Code: FIRNZAJJ