The Dogs Trust team were invited to a business in Johannesburg, where they were given all the tools, supplies and expertise to build dog kennels for the winter.


Johannesburg, South Africa (09 June 2022) – Pallets are a great and affordable way to build dog kennels that provide decent cover and are easy to make. The Dogs Trust were invited to Palletmen’s workshop to make use of their tools, pallets and staff for a kennel building project.

Leanne “Lee” Ramalho started The Dogs Trust to help the dogs of Diepsloot. Her goal was to help feed the dogs within the township and educate pet owners about good animal care.

Lee visits Diepsloot every week with 200kgs of dog food in tow and goes from home to home, feeding the animals. We find the organisation’s name quite poetic, a dog’s trust is a valuable, beautiful thing, but for many dogs coming from abused situations, it takes a long time to rebuild that trust. Lee and her team work tirelessly to earn the dogs’ trust they look after.

The Dogs Trust also employs three guys who drive around and pick up any dogs that are injured or sickly. They provide collars, kennels, food, deworming, sterilisation and vaccinations.

The trust is earning a reputation in Diepsloot; Lee and her team are often called when help is needed. Dogs that have been rescued and placed up for adoption are kenneled in Midrand.

Working in the township, the organisation has seen their fair share of heartbreaking cases. With the weather already hitting cold lows, it is essential that dogs have suitable cover. To make this happen, the Dogs Trust team went to build kennels from wooden pallets.

The team was blown away by how much help they were given to make as many kennels as possible.

“Ricky and his amazing team at Palletmen opened their workshop to Dogs Trust yesterday so we could come in and build kennels for township dogs that are in need.

Ricky and his team supplied every single thing we needed from wood, pallets, paint, nails, tools and we even got big, beautiful slobbery kisses from his awesome dogs thrown in on the deal!

So much fun was had by all and we managed to build an amazing 10 kennels with the help of Ricky and his forever patient staff. Let me tell you that we put them through their paces with a million questions, them having to watch us with the power tools, the constant asking for help and them having to fix a few kennels that were going very sideways!

And then, if that’s not enough, Ricky and his team will make sure all the kennels are finished properly and will have them delivered to us.

We are blown away by this kind and amazing gesture. Ricky, thank you is not enough, you and your team are true animal warriors.

Please go and check out the amazing stuff that Palletmen make and offer and please give them all the support they deserve!”

A simple kennel will go a long way in making the life of a township dog more comfortable. This is a clever and affordable way to give back to animals in need.

The organisation relies solely on the kindness of donors, so should you wish to support Lee and her incredible work, you can find more information via their Facebook page here.

Sources: The Dogs Trust
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