The heartbreaking origins of Lucky Lucy are not unfamiliar to South Africa, nor the rest of the world. Animal cruelty is rampant across the globe. After finding a pregnant dog, now known as Lucky Lucy, tied to a railway line the, founding members established Lucky Lucy to combat inhumane treatment of animals while nursing maimed creatures. They aim to give all animals a chance at a healthy, happy life.

In the process, the Lucky Lucy team works to uplift and educate the community on pet care. Their approach focusses on solving the root cause, not merely remedying the symptom.

Instead of confiscating abused animals, pet owners in disadvantaged communities are taught how to care for their animals, without being violent and how to feed them properly. The members of Lucky Lucy stress how violence can change an animal. Once parents and children understand the importance of nutrition and sterilisation, their animals can look forward to a happier future.

We caught up with Caryn Allan, a passionate member of Lucky Lucy, and found out more about what it takes to be a voice for those who cannot speak.

Every so often, the chance to make a difference in the community comes knocking unexpectedly. Taking the opportunity to help will always have a positive impact on society, whether it benefits one person (or animal) or many.

“I have always been an animal lover.  But my intention was never to get involved. At first, I went to Lucky Lucy to help them move from one farm to another. And now, seven years later, Lucky Lucy will forever remain my passion and happy place. It’s incredibly rewarding to make a difference in the lives we are blessed to have crossed our paths.

We make a difference in the lives of our farm and outreach h animals. There are over 500 animals in our care, and we love each and every one of them as if they were our own and we provide them with the best care that we possibly can.”

Caring for multiple animals is no easy task. Yet, there are even more difficulties Lucky Lucy faces. The team works hard to overcome these challenges to work towards a better future for all.

“Finances are always a challenge; making ends meet is a struggle every month. An equally substantial hurdle is dealing with people who have no regard for their animals or the animals of others.  The people factor can be very trying as we signed up for the animals, and wish to aid them to the fullest extent.

Fortunately, we have a very strong board of professionals and we try to come up with solutions quickly. In terms of finances, we host fundraisers or implement pleas for financial assistance.

Dealing with the people factor is far more difficult. We have to stay strong and not take things personally – remembering who we do this for helps to keep us motivated.”

There is always hope.

Never give up. Life gives you what you can and need to cope with. The old cliché still rings true – “Tomorrow is another day”!

If you’d like to find out more about Lucky Lucy, contribute or volunteer, get in touch via their website here http://www.luckylucy.org/.