Name: Yvonne Read
Charity involved in: The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (SA) – PDSA (SA)
How long have you been involved here: I have always, from a young child, stood up for the rights of animals and my involvement with the PDSA in Bridgetown spans in excess of 40 years.
Where is the charity based: Nationally we are based in Cape Town (Bridgetown and Mitchells Plain), JHB (Soweto & Pimville) and George.
Tell us a bit more about what you do: I’ve been involved with the PDSA from a young age and I am one of the Committee Members of the PDSA; I run a daily feeding programme for underprivileged animals in the greater Athlone area, I am a rescuer and I am the voice of the voiceless.
What do you love about what you do: I love that I can make a difference in the lives of so many animals on a daily basis. I have more than 100 animals who depend on me every single day for a feeding and that makes me feel like I have a purpose. It makes me happy that I can offer them a moment of happiness and love and in return these animals have shown me nothing but love and that makes my day; each and every day. It’s not an easy task preparing the barrels of food for feeding but my passion drives me; I leave my house at 5am every day with the last feeding at about 10am.
Which is your favourite Regal product: My favourite Regal products are the ones in your skin care range as I saw first-hand the difference it made to the PDSA’s resident dog Wally’s skin. We also use the Joint Health Spray which works wonders.
Are you a cat or a dog person: I’m an animal person; I rescue all animals. The PDSA resident donkeys are also on my list of rescue’s; which included Penny the horse who sadly passed away in 2018.
What is your favourite pet quote or saying: Nelson Mandela’s quote “It is in YOUR hands to create a better world for ALL who live in it.”
How many pets do you have at home: I had 9 dogs; I’m left with 4 furkids; my eldest being a Daschund of 22 years old; her name is Girlie.
Most memorable moment in charity: My most recent memorable moment is the day I found Zeus (the Brave). I received a call of a dog that was in a very bad state. As always I am not able to rest until I find an animal; the day I found Zeus was one of my lucky days. I had searched 3 hours in the area and I was about to give up hope when I found him scavenging through packets on a vacant plot. I put down food and already prepared myself for him darting away. To my amazement he came to me and even got into my van on his own. His actions indicated that he belonged to someone and even though he was scared and hurt he once knew human kindness. Zeus was scanned at the PDSA, his owner, who searched for him for almost 2 years, was located and today he has fully healed and is living out his happily ever after. You can follow the story of Zeus on his Facebook page – Zeus the Brave.
Anything else you would like to add: Being in animal welfare is not an easy job; not easy on the mind, heart or soul so I would like to send out a huge thank you to each and every individual who assists the PDSA in “Bettering the Lives that Brighten Ours”.