Name: Brigitte Reeve Taylor
Charity: Dancers Love Dogs
How long have you been involved here: Our foundation started in 2012
Where are you based: Cape Town – we now have show dates for Durban and coming up in Pretoria
Tell us a bit more about what you do:
What started off as a small fundraiser to assist animals obtaining a sterilisation in 2012 – has now become part of a really big dream.
Dancers Love Dogs came from a concept that I used to raise money, for the Reach for a Dream foundation several years ago. This is what I know and this is what I am most comfortable with – putting on a production. Having had 39 years of teaching experience, I used my connections in the dance and theatre world to do a collaboration of dance for animals.
One must remember that the dancers are also gaining from this experience. Due to high costs of theatres, the general small company or Studios are not able to afford booking a professional theatre, like Artscape Opera House – so the platform is amazing for the performers as well.
The concept works so well as everyone is aware from the start that everything to do with show and foundation is based on “donations”. From the performers, printing, prizes and time – we don’t pay for anything and we don’t receive payment. So everything that is raised will go directly to the animals for sterilisations and we pay the vets directly. People come on board with huge hearts and generosity and they really do understand the cause and support us. I think knowing the money goes directly to the vets is a huge part of this, as often one wonders exactly how much of charity funding goes to the need.
In October 2019 we completed the 8th annual Cape Town Show bringing our fundraising to over R 3 000 000.00. To date we have sterilised over 14 000 animals and I know this figure needs to be reviewed as this changes daily. We all have a talent and a passion…. we all just need to think how we can use this to make a difference.
What do you love about what you do: I think the bonus is being able to combine my passion for dance with animals. Sterilization has always been my focus as I know by reducing the number of unwanted animals in the community, we are able to reduce the number of pets euthanized.
Which is your favourite Regal product: Both my Dogs love the Regal Doggy Dental Chews. My little Tuffi used the Stress and Anxiety Remedy for a long time before she passed away and my Pug Ozzi used the Joint Health Remedy which was fantastic. ( he has also passed away). Next on my list is the CBD range to try.
Are you a cat or a dog person: I only have dogs but would love a Cat. I have a feral cat feeding station in Wynberg and I adore these feral cats. Cats are so comical.
How many pets do you have at home: 2 gorgeous rescue Boston Terriers – Kodi and Sofi (the loves of my life)
What is your favourite pet quote or saying:
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” (Gandhi)
My own personal one:
“We have all be designed for something greater than ourselves and our contribution to the world needs to have meaning”
Most memorable moment in charity:
Apart from each and every show we do annually – which fills my heart with such enormous pride, knowing how many animals will be free from breeding. I think being recognised by Glamour magazine as Glamour Woman of the Year 2016 – Philanthropy – For my contribution to the animals.
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