HOW many people would give up the prospect of dozens of expensive gifts to celebrate a milestone birthday to rather help others in need? The compassionate Bruce Wilson is one such man.
“Being involved in animal rescue is something I am passionate about. I have been talking to others about ways to make more of an impact with the work we do,” said Bruce.
Bruce will turn the big ‘five-oh’ on Friday, 12 October and, instead of the age-old tradition of cake and gifts, he hopes to donate enough money to spay and neuter at least 50 dogs. As with most good ideas, said Bruce, this one also belonged to his wife, Chantalle.
The rescue rate per sterilisation is about R800. Bruce hopes to raise at least R40 000 for the event, and hopes to exceed it.
The animal lover opened his home as a depot for CROW, he is actively involved with Husky Rescue KZN and has been taking in unwanted parrots for the last 10 years, re-homing them where possible.
His house is called home by more than just his family, it includes one hamster, a rabbit, four dogs, and 10 parrots.
“The numbers are actually quite low, compared to what it normally is,” laughed Bruce. His full-time job is rescue work.
“It’s all voluntary and thanks to my wonderful wife, I get to be Mr Mom and do the rescue work that I love.”
While he has an abundance of happy stories to share, he said the work he does was not all rainbows and sunshine.
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“There are a lot of days when you want to give it up,” he confessed. “But then you have days that the rescue cases work out really well and those are the ones that keep you going.”
The funds raised will be split among the organisations he has partnered with for the campaign, which includes SCARR (Shongweni Community Animal Rehab and Rehoming), Lost Souls Animal Rescue, KZN Valley Dogs and Edu-Paw and Paw Prints.
“This drive is a preventative measure and the rescue centres are battling at the moment with funding, so every cent they can save by not having to sterilise a litter of puppies is money that can go into something else,” he said.
While he may not be receiving any birthday gifts, he suspects his wife may have a trick or two up her sleeve to celebrate the big day.
To make a donation towards the cause, visit his BackaBuddy fund-raiser page.
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