The Charity Stores supports registered "RIGHT TO LIFE" organisations that are involved in the rehabilitation of abandoned, neglected and abused animals. We believe that all animals deserve a second chance in life and that healthy animals should be placed in new homes. They must not be subject to euthanasia program just because they are unwanted. All safe havens have to meet our inspection standards before we will consider supporting them and animals in their care must stand a fair chance of finding a new loving home.
Organisations must be a registered non-profit organisation devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of lost, abandoned or neglected animals. They have to follow a right to life program and must not believe in euthanasia, except in the most extreme cases when animals are suffering and this is the best and only option.
Animal welfare is the well-being of animals. The standards of "good" animal welfare vary considerably between different contexts. These standards are under constant review and are debated, created and revised by animal welfare groups, legislators and academics worldwide. Animal welfare science uses various measures, such as longevity, disease, immuno-suppression, behaviour, physiology, and reproduction although there is debate about which of these indicators provide the best information.
Concern for animal welfare is often based on the belief that non-human animals are sentient and that consideration should be given to their well-being or suffering, especially when they are under the care of humans, These concerns can include how animals are slaughtered for food, how they are used in scientific research, how they are kept (as pets, in zoos, farms, circuses, etc.), and how human activities affect the welfare and survival of wild species.
Conditions provided by humans
Providing good animal welfare is sometimes defined by a list of positive conditions which should be provided to the animal. This approach is taken by the Five Freedoms and the three principles of Professor John Webster.
The Five Freedoms are:
Freedom from thirst and hunger – by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour Freedom from discomfort – by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
Freedom from pain, injury, and disease – by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
Freedom to express most normal behavior – by providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of the animals own kind.
Freedom from fear and distress – by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.
John Webster defines animal welfare by advocating three positive conditions:
Living a natural life, being fit and healthy, and being happy.
Sparrow Ministries Orphaned Children’s Home
For more than 25 years Sparrow Ministries has been caring for destitute orphaned children affected by the HIV/AIdS pandemic in South Africa.
Many of the children were either left in our care after their parents died in the early years after the discovery of the virus or were placed in our care by the South African Courts after having been found homeless and destitute. In most cases this was a result of the stigma attached to HIV / AIDS and the children were rejected by the community in which they had previously lived, whilst their parents were still alive.
Some of the infected mothers gave birth at Sparrow whilst in the Hospice facility, which resulted in these newly born children remaining in the care of the children’s home after the mother died and only left after reaching adulthood.
Sponsor a Child
Sparrow offers donors the opportunity to sponsor a child for the annual cost of R3200 (US $450). This covers the cost of school fees, uniforms, stationery, transport and other special fees associated with their education. We will identify a specific child and he/she will communicate with you at least twice a year, sending pictures and letting you know how they are progressing. All of our children want to feel that someone cares enough for them to make sure that they receive an education.
AIDS continues to devastate South Africa. Patients arrive every day at our door ravaged by the disease. Stigma and lack of accessibility to appropriate health care leave many people unable to care for themselves. They come to Sparrow because they know that they will be given the best care we can provide and we do so without judgement. Unfortunately sometimes, current medical treatment may not be able to save them but Sparrow gives them a safe and loving place to live out the rest of their lives. Fortunately, for more and more of them, we are able to nurse them back to reasonable health.
We give them hope as well as Anti-Retrovirals and the combination of these two powerful remedies, has ensured that many of our patients get a new lease on life. They will always have the virus but now AIDS can become a manageable disease.
Sparrow also provides chronic care for the destitute. Although our numbers of beds are limited, we continue to care for those patients who have no home to go to or family to nurse them. All of our patients are special and deserving of proper nursing, healthy nutrition and a place to feel safe and loved.