“Our cause is to rescue, rehabilitate and release wildlife, including birds, small mammals and reptiles,” explains Christa.
The centre heavily relies on donations from the public - as the two women use their own money - like Ria’s pension - to keep the centre operational. Christa is the main rehabilitator - and does not earn an income of any kind.
“When people bring in sick, injured or orphaned wildlife that are in need, they sometimes do give a donation - but we do not require it. Even though it is very costly to rehabilitate wildlife, it is more important to us to try and save the life than to ask for money,” Christa added.
‘We Care’ is the only recognised rehabilitators in Rustenburg with the experience and knowledge necessary to accomplish this task.
Funds raised will be used for feeding, fuel, medication, veterinary costs, water, electricity - which includes the use of fridges and freezers, heating pads, infrared lights and a thermostat operated hospital. Other costs include cleaning materials such as disinfectants, detergents, sterilisers, as well as cleaning assistance and labour. Cages, baskets and other patient accommodation, bedding, feeding tools and equipment, telephone, Internet, printing, stationery, and vehicle maintenance.
The centre is also in need of storage facilities for cleaned cages, towels and bowls, as well as a washing machine, a food processor, and a generator for when there is a power failure or load shedding.
“We battle to keep patients and babies warm during these periods,” Christa says.