Giving is Living (Gil) aims to support owners in townships and improve the living conditions of these animals. The organisation provides support to animal charities globally.
Gil and the Purple Kennels organisation discovered a large number of dogs which had been chained, while working in communities where they provided 100 kennels.
Founder of Gil, Sioni Mavani-Puri said: “It’s important because so many dogs are chained up. We were never aware of just how bad it was, but actually seeing it during our kennel deliveries opened our eyes to the severity of the situation. It’s important in South Africa because there are a lot of communities with low-cost housing who need to be educated on the negative effects of chaining up their dogs.
“Many of these owners do have genuine love for their dogs. The problem with regards to the chaining is it is often done as a last resort. Many of the houses in the rural areas do not have fences and therefore dogs that are not chained are often stolen.”