Dargtober Fest raises R40 000 for animal shelter

About 400 people of all ages attended this year’s annual Dargtober Fest in aid of the Domestic Animal Rescue Group, last weekend.

The Domestic Animal Rescue Group (Darg) says it raised about R40 000 from its annual Dargtober Fest last weekend.

The Hout Bay non-profit organisation rescues, cares for, sterilises and re-homes previously abused, neglected and abandoned cats and dogs.

All the proceeds from the event will be used for Darg’s animal clinic, vet bills and daily operations, according to its managing director, Faustina Gardner.

“We try to keep stray dogs off the streets in Hout Bay, Llandudno and Imizamo Yethu and offer them support and shelter as there would be havoc if the strays were just allowed to roam,” she said.

“As far as our most immediate needs are concerned, we are in dire need of commencing repairs to our building where we house our animals. We also need assistance with installing solar panels and welding on our gates. We also need insulation and heating for the rooms that don’t have this. The roof needs patch jobs so, in general, there is maintenance needed which hasn’t been done in 10 years.”

The Dargtober Fest was launched last year as a fun family gathering with food, live music and a chance interact with the animals on the property.

For more information, contact Faustina Gardner at 071 465 5880 or mail dargdays@gmail.com.

Darg financial director Natalee Kamieth with one of the dogs. Pictures: Faustina Gardner.
Darg staff and volunteers, from left, Martin Coetzee, Kelly-Paige Howell, Helen Osborne, Ingrid Smit and Dorothee Sawa.
The Undercover Band provided the music.
Patsy is one of 60 dogs that is up for adoption at Darg.
Visitors at this year’s Dargtober Fest could interact with some of the animals at the animal rescue organisation.