With heavy rain and flooding recently, disaster has struck. People were being evacuated from their homes and farms. Animals were left behind as people were fleeing for their lives. Our team of Inspectors, with the assistance of residents and volunteers rushed to the affected areas rescue animals. The affected areas were Barrage, Bloempark, Nanascol and Vaalview.
On scene to help were the following entities, who we also would like to thank them for their bravery - Vaal Reaction Unit, AfriForum, Ekurhuleni Mounted United, Ekurhuleni Water Wing, Sedibeng Water Wing, Vaal Rand Water Wing, Community Care, ER24, Soweto K9 Search and Rescue, Sea Rescue, Netcare, Fire Department, the Police and many others.
Some of the areas were inaccessible due to rising floods and strong currents. Sadly the emergency rescue services would not allow our staff to accompany them to these areas as it was too dangerous and there was limited space. Helicopters were also been dispatched by the rescue services to assist with the evacuation of people.
Our brave Inspectors and volunteers crossed the dangerous water (where it is safe to do so) to rescue animals. A large number of dogs were rescued and taken to our Vanderbijlpark branch for safe keeping. The farm animals were hearded to higher grounds to get them out of immediate danger.
We will never give up and will always rescue as many animals as possible, even if it means carrying dogs on our backs, as we have done, to ensure their safety.
We even managed to rescue a ground squirrel that was trapped as a result of the floods. This fellow was found clinging for his life on a fence – surrounded by water. He had nowhere to go. Some of his friends drowned and were floating in the water. He was exhausted and looked like he was ready to give up. Witnessing this was one of the most heartbreaking things to see. You could see the fear in his eyes. Fortunately for this little creature our team was in the right place to rescue him. He was later released back into his home territory.