The Johannesburg Wildlife Vet treats indigenous animals free of charge, so they are raising funds to cover the cost of blood tests for the animals.
Johannesburg, South Africa – The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital treats indigenous wildlife free of charge, relying solely on the support of the community. Their Facebook page is the place to be! It is filled with heartwarming rescue stories of our stunning local wildlife.
They solely focus on smaller species of indigenous animals as there are not many organisations that work or specialise in smaller species.
“Many people would question why we need another non-profit wildlife organisation: The biggest difference is that we would be treating medium and small wildlife – most of the current NPOs fund conservation efforts that focus on large wildlife i.e. rhino, elephant and lion. Smaller indigenous wildlife is often overlooked. Our hospital will treat, rehabilitate and release these animals.
Some of the species include: Bats, owls, raptors, mongoose, meerkat, serval, genet, hedgehogs, bush babies, garden birds, water birds and otter – to name but a few. At the moment these injured/compromised animals are taken to the nearest veterinary practice for treatment. Most often the veterinarian on duty does not have the expertise or the time to treat a particular species and many times these animals get inadequate care.”
They launched a crowdfund to raise funds for a special blood machine which was donated to the vet. The device will make all the difference to the care they offer to the small indigenous species.
“Idexx Laboratories have generously donated a vettest chemistry analyser free of charge with only a small monthly rental fee. In addition, we also have to purchase all the chemistry slides in order to analyse the blood of our patients.
This machine will enable us to get immediate results from compromised patients and therefore improve treatment outcomes.”
They need to raise R36,000 per year, and since they launched the fund last year, they only managed to raise R11,719.86. Almost no donations have been made in 2019 so far. The crowdfund it open-ended, so any funds raised will help them cover monthly costs for as long as they need assistance.
If you would like to support them, you can do so here.