Sunday at CLAW

Sunday Claw

On any given Sunday, IFAW companion animal partner Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW) in Durban Deep, Johannesburg, is a hive of activity. The neighbourhood children swamp the place, keen to play with the toys, to have a chance to express themselves in drawings, and to fill tummies that most of the week are filled with little but a persistent rumble.

The queue of people - often youngsters - can be quite long. Many have walked miles with their animals to get vaccinations and other basic veterinary care, but everyone waits patiently, and the motley collection of dogs behaves amazingly well.

One Sunday earlier this year, Fabienne Martin started offering residents a dog-training class, which everyone enjoyed. Meanwhile, inside the clinic, IFAW’s visiting vet Dr Kati Loeffler was evaluating a steady stream of dogs of all shapes and sizes.

Outside, on the grass, a brave dog called Maggie - rescued in appalling circumstances from life as a fighting dog - was enjoying being the centre of a ‘puddle of love’.

Always something new, something touching, something kind to see at CLAW on a Sunday!


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Cynthia Milburn, Director, Animal Welfare Outreach & Education
Senior Advisor, Policy Development
Jan Hannah, Campaign Manager, Northern Dogs Project
Campaign Manager, Northern Dogs Project
Kate Nattrass Atema, Program Director, Community Animal Welfare
Program Director, Community Animal Welfare
Shannon Walajtys
Manager, Animal Rescue-Disasters