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Animal Feeding Project

Animal Feeding Project

Funds Raised:
R 15 421
Fundraising Target:
R 300 000

Personal message

My name is Leanne Connolly and I was just recently in Zimbabwe visiting family.  I was absolutely blown away by two very special, dynamic ladies with hearts of absolute gold, Debbie Lafferty and Lyn Houghton.

Debs and Lyn are friends and co-workers that live in the Christon Bank area of Zimbabwe.  Together they are feeding over 165 dogs and 37 cats with a good meal every single day.  Sadly, many of these animals have simply been abandoned by their owners.

These 2 ladies, and some helpers, follow different routes when feeding (taking up to 6 hours a day), they give the animals freshly prepared meat, pellets and vegetables, they also ensure that there is clean water available.

The animals are treated for ticks and fleas, they are given inoculations when required, they are treated for any injuries and are sterilised.

The pellets, meat, vegetables, fuel, maintenance of vehicles, vet bills, tick and flea control, inoculations and the staff that help them are paid for by themselves - they have no funding! They do get VAWZ rates when they take an animal to the vet, which is a great help.

Debs and Lyn work closely with VAWZ (Veterinarians for Animal Welfare Zimbabwe) and the SPCA, ensuring that the welfare of the animals is maintained.  VAWZ do run Rabies and Sterilisation campaigns which is free of charge and an amazing initiative, but there are times when the animals need to be treated outside of the campaigns, this is then at their own expense.

They have been doing this for the last 10 years but are now needing some help, financially. ANY contribution will make such a big difference and will also enable them to help more animals in need.

When I asked what keeps these ladies motivated their answer was simple “when you see the happy faces and wagging bottoms waiting for a meal and some affection, how do you stop or even cut back, who do you not feed?  It is an impossible decision and one we do not want to make.”

For just R1 600.00, you can help feed a dog or cat for an ENTIRE YEAR (this is just R134 per month, R4.40 per day).  A little extra will help with the vet bills & fuel.

Thank you so much for considering this cause. Please share this campaign with your friends, family and social media.


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  • Jan 22, 2024 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
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  • Jan 18, 2024 - USD $ 28.30 Fees covered
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  • Dec 22, 2023 - R 2 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Dear Fur Friends, Hope this donation brightens your Christmas. Love Winston Milton (Canine Sports Centre Benoni)" - Winston Milton

  • Oct 12, 2023 - R 2 500.00
  • "As per Wendy's wishes, in lieu of a gift this year, she asked that we make a contribution to this worthy cause. Happy birthday Wendy. Love your Fun & Fabulous Friends" - Wendy McClatchie

  • Oct 04, 2023 - R 2 000.00
  • "A small thank you for your love, care and endless passion to look these animals." - Winton Milton

  • May 29, 2023 - R 151.00
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  • Apr 25, 2023 - R 151.00
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  • Mar 29, 2023 - R 151.00
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  • Mar 15, 2023 - USD $ 59.56 Fees covered
  • "I have seen first hand what amazing work these 2 ladies do. They work tirelessly to ensure the upkeep and welfare of these poor animals. Money well spent!" - Nikky

  • Mar 14, 2023 - R 1 600.00 Fees covered
  • "Thank you for all you are doing ❤️" - Anonymous

  • Mar 13, 2023 - USD $ 44.38 Fees covered
  • "What concerns me most is families leaving the country and leaving their pets at their homes basically uncared for. How people treat animals is a true sign of character. Thank you for all your selfless work and care for these helpless critters!" - Anonymous

  • Mar 13, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Wonderful, such selfless and caring work you are both doing. Thank You!" - Anonymous

  • Mar 13, 2023 - R 500.00
  • "Hopefully this will help out an animal for 2 or 3 months -" - Anonymous

  • Mar 13, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "What a great initiative!" - Anonymous

  • Mar 08, 2023 - R 1 600.00 Fees covered
  • "What amazing work you both do - well done!" - Anonymous

  • Mar 08, 2023 - R 140.00 Fees covered
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Fundraising target

R 300 000.00

Donations to date

R 15 421.45

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Debbie Lafferty and Lyn Houghton in Zimbabwe care for over 165 dogs and 37 cats abandoned by their owners. They spend 6 hours daily providing food, medical care, and love. They cover all expenses themselves and need financial help to continue. Even a small donation can make a big difference. Just R1,600.00 can feed a dog or cat for a year. Sharing this cause widely can help.