Go Racing owners are all ‘horse people’ but when it comes to cats and dogs, like most of us, they fall into two distinct camps. So that’s why when a GST refund windfall came their way they wanted to generously donate it to two animal welfare charities working tirelessly for our furry friends – 9 Lives Sanctuary and Saving Hope Foundation.
Says Go Racing Director Albert Bosma, “The GST refund was unexpected and dated back several years. We know our owners are a generous bunch and devoted animal lovers. They wanted to share the refund between these two wonderful charities that do so much voluntary work in our community and are completely reliant on donations.”
9 Lives Orphanage was founded in 2014 by Alisha Sinclair and is a registered non-profit cat and kitten rescue, run by a small team of passionate volunteers. Their aim is to help eradicate homeless cats and kittens by de-sexing and re-homing as many cats and kittens as they can.
Says Alisha, “The Go Racing donation couldn’t have come at a better time for us. In January this year we experienced our busiest kitten and adoption season in our six-year history, with more than 100 kittens or cats in our care. We also just recently received a $2000 vet bill. I’d like to thank the owners for their generosity and for thinking of the cats and kittens.”
Saving Hope Foundation is a non-profit charitable trust for dogs started in July 2017 by Janine and Anita Hinton. Since then it has rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed over 641 dogs with a 100% success rate.
The Foundation, which takes in puppies and dogs and fosters them until they find a home, face huge costs. There is hardly ever less than 100 dogs in their care and once had 35 turn up in one day. Hinton says well over $80,000 was spent on vets in the foundation’s first year.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you to the Go Racing owners for their generosity. The money will go towards our most recent vet bill to save the lives of two puppies.”
Says Albert, “It is such a wonderful feeling to be able to support 9 Lives and Saving Hope Foundation in the brilliant welfare work their volunteers undertake. Thank you Alisha and Janine.”