Meet Lindi – Our resident Animal Activist and lover of all our Furry Friends.
Have you been an animal lover your whole life or did something specific open your eyes to the plight of our 4 legged friends?
Yes I have been an animal lover my whole life. Nothing specific triggered this, I’ve just always connected better with animals than humans.
Have you ever done anything really crazy to save an animal you knew was in trouble?
Yes I’ve broken into a factory once to save a dog that was tied up with chains and left to die.
How many animals do you own?
I have 3 dogs and a parrot permanently– all rescued of course. And as of yesterday I am fostering a little Maltese poodle who has only known a life of fear, neglect, searching for food and a life on the street. He is really a special soul and he will be showered with love and more love. We will find him only the best home where he can be treated like royalty, but until then, he is most definitely being treated like a king in our house.
Tell us a little bit about your community work?
I am an animal activist and a voice for the voiceless.
I’ve fostered and rehabilitated abused animals and gave them a 2nd chance at a beautiful life.
My mission is to educate and rescue… my dream is that one day I won’t have to.
If you can’t adopt – foster
If you can’t foster – sponsor
If you can’t sponsor – volunteer,
If you can’t volunteer – donate
If you can’t donate – educate & network
Every little bit we do, saves lives.
I do volunteer work for Pet and Animals in need (PAIN). PAIN is non-profit organisation run by it’s members, volunteers, vet students and Vets, helping animals in townships. PAIN stands for
P.A.I.N (Pets and Animals in Need):
What I love about PAIN is that they will NEVER turn a blind eye to any animal in need, they create awareness, and they give a voice to the voiceless and help find a loving homes for neglected, stray and abused animals.
They are not an animal shelter, but they will NEVER leave a homeless animal homeless!! They all have the means to find a loving home to any unwanted and homeless animal, thanks to networking…
Here is a bit about PAIN if anyone would like to know more about their amazing work.
PAIN is a non-profit organisation and with the help of the CVC, Vets, Vets in Training & volunteers that work full time and spend a lot of their spare time in helping animals in townships. We have a monthly animal clinic in Kya Sands. We rely solely on public and corporate donations to cover the costs of our vet bills, sterilisations projects and upkeep of pets in the informal settlements. We are Pro-life & therefore we will only ever euthanize any animal if it is in the animals best interests and there are no other options. We do not sit around and wait for animals in need to come to us, instead we spend a lot of time in the townships LOOKING for the animals & doing research to see and establish exactly where help is needed.
One of our main focus points are sterilisation of the animals with townships in order to prevent further breeding. P.A.I.N strives to empower animals in townships and poor communities. We work with the community to improve the lives of these disadvantaged animals by educating them on pet care, provide warm shelters, regular inoculations, sterilisations and vet care at our animal clinic days which takes place once a month at Kya Sands. We try to instil in the communities, a responsibility and pride for their animals by not just empowering the animals, but also by educating and helping the people uplift themselves. We believe in working hand in hand with the animals and people of these impoverished areas to create unity, trust and stability for all.
If you could be one animal what would it be?
That is a very hard choice as I don’t have favourite animals – I love them all but if I HAVE to choose I will go for an elephant. They are graceful, majestic, humble, powerful, deep and family oriented. No real natural predators, they are herbivores too. So they don’t need to kill anything to survive. Live and let live.