FNB Outreach May 2017

FNB corporate team at Ark

ARK ANIMAL SHELTER OUTREACH WITH FNB!

On 19 May a group of 20 FNB Volunteers representatives from CFT, Infrastructure & Operations,

DMT and ISS ventured out to the Ark Animal Shelter based in Fourways, Gauteng. Ark Animal Centre specialise in the rehabilitation and re-homing of puppies, pregnant moms and small breed dogs from all types of backgrounds.  Their aim is to change the consciousness in attitude of people toward animals through education.

On our arrival at the shelter, we were met by Tracy Otto, who is the owner of the shelter, and welcomed by a pack of excited resident dogs. She gave a brief introduction of what they do at the shelter and how they re-home puppies and other dogs. The shelter also collects dogs from the nearest informal settlement on a weekly basis to spay them and treat any wounds. Tracy said that they have seen a radical change in the behaviour of the dog owners in the informal settlement after agreeing to help them. Less and less dogs need to be spayed and owners are looking after their animals.

Their biggest expense at the moment is food and vet bills.  As a non-profit organisation, their survivability is dependent on the support of the public as well as the donations they receive.

Tracy put our team to work and we were tasked to paint an outbuilding and outdoor kennels. We had to apply various creative painting techniques to fill all the cavities in the walls, however we got the job done and the building looked fantastic.

The lunch team hastily assembled a mountain of boerewors rolls to feed the Ark employees as well as our volunteer team. After a quick lunch break, it was time to exercise the dogs and give (and receive) some puppy love. The team had so much fun walking the dogs through a park located on the property.

Not only did we Volunteer our time, the CFT team also generously donated a “walk-on” scale which will be used in the clinic to weigh the animals for medical purposes. CFT got a Medical Rep on board from Virbac to help with the much needed medical equipment. Virbac donated a box of “Backhome” microchips with 2 “Backhome” microchip readers. The very first puppy was actually “chipped” on the day. They also donated a box of Prazifen dewormers.

We will be supporting the shelter with various initiatives and we are all looking forward to the relationship with them.

Written by Teresa Wessels

31 May 2017

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Teenager Holiday Program at Ark

Ark Holiday Program

ARK ANIMAL CENTRE TEENAGER HOLIDAY PROGRAMME

Students will be working to a structured daily programme which is designed to enable them to learn life skills that they will not be able to learn in everyday life. Students will learn to take responsibility for themselves as well as their group. They will learn more about themselves and their capabilities, which will increase their confidence in their abilities. Students will learn to think ‘out of the box’ in a fun, relaxed environment. On completion of this course students will have an intimate knowledge of how a shelter is run, their canine knowledge will be extensive and they will have gained confidence in their ability to take care of themselves in regard to being lost, feeding themselves, first aid and pioneering skills which will be of lifelong value to them.

Community service is a fantastic opportunity for the students to learn about those not as fortunate as them, as well as learning to give. The problems we have encountered is that the students are walking away with very little learned skills which in our opinion is just wasted time. We want our students to have gained an intimate knowledge of the workings of the shelter as well as outdoor skills, which is ideal for any student to grasp an insight into what they are capable of achieving on their own and with others. The students will be working under instructors well versed in there various activities and will be monitored throughout all activities.

  • When:            Monday to Friday
  • Time:              9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Where:           17 Howard Ave, Chartwell
  • Cost:              R1500.00 per week
  • Other Info:     Full lunch included. Ages 11 – 18 years old. Will count towards community service hours. Bookings essential. No walk-ins accepted. Payment in full beforehand.

Dates: 
6 – 10th April
20 – 24th April
27th April to 1st May

Phone 087 742 2211 or 082 334 7596 to book your place or e-mail info@arkanimalcentre.co.za

The following will be covered during the program:

Animal Care

  • training of dogs
  • healthcare
  • diseases
  • welfare education
  • dog walking
  • dog grooming

Outdoor education

  • cooking skills
  • pioneering
  • first aid
  • basic life skills