Dogs in South Africa to benefit from your Big Give Challenge donations

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is upon us.

From 12 noon on Tuesday 29 November to 12 noon Friday 2 December, animal loving donors will have a chance to double their impact, double their help, and double their donation to help IFAW’s Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW) project—all from the comfort of your home or workplace.

Just imagine turning your £5 to £10, your £10 to £20, your £50 to £100, or even more, to help save animals from harm.

This year we’re raising money for CLAW, IFAW’s clinic, education and outreach programme in Johannesburg, South Africa. CLAW provides basic veterinary healthcare and humane education to poor communities in more than 30 townships and informal settlements in the area, many of which receive no other support services from government or charitable sources.

For many years, CLAW has worked with the community, offering care and help for community pets and animals. CLAW provides cats and dogs with free vaccinations, spay/neuter operations and operates a permanent animal clinic. Mobile clinics bring veterinary care to pet owners who have no access to health care for their dogs and cats, in areas where no other organisations will venture.

No two days are the same, with anything from a newborn kitten to an injured monkey coming through the doors. Like all of our projects on the ground, there is also a significant community element to our work. At CLAW, we work in partnership with the community, not only helping their animals but also helping them, running education and activities and even assisting in poverty alleviation by training community members to grow organic vegetables.

In addition, we work closely with social support organisations which provide medical and food assistance, helping them access the people who need them the most.

In 2014, CLAW was forced from its premises near Johannesburg due to political unrest. Now that we are able to return to our original premises, we urgently need to upgrade our facilities with new kennels and catteries for sick dogs and cats and materials for vital services for the animals and community.

And that’s where the Big Give Christmas Challenge comes in!

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is a once a year, special opportunity for IFAW supporters to get involved and make their donation go further. It’s great for people that aren’t able to give as often as they’d like to or for anyone that wants to make a one off donation and get the maximum impact. All donations are important; whatever the amount - £5, £10, £100 or £1000 – it is about getting online, showing your support and helping us hit our target for all the animals, and the community, in Johannesburg.

Please support our Big Give Christmas Challenge.

So go online at 12 noon on Tuesday 29 November. The good news is that there have been some changes to the way The Big Give doubling fund works this year, so it should be even easier to get your donation matched! However, it is first-come, first-served so timing is of the essence. We’d really recommend you go on-line as close as possible to the start time to get your gift doubled.

We can’t do any of our work without the kindness of our supporters, and we can’t always say thank you quite as much as we’d like to, but the Big Give Christmas Challenge is, in a way, a chance for us to offer something unique to our supporters and a chance for us all to come together to do amazing things – with a little help from our doubling friends.

Thank you. 


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Cynthia Milburn, Director, Animal Welfare Outreach & Education
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Shannon Walajtys
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