JEFFREYS BAY

Home Of The Best Right Hand Surf Break In The World

Jeffreys Bay is this funky happening coastal surfer town. Almost everything about this town is cool. Great shops, great restaurants. Good service and it's the one town with the most options of vegan desserts and cakes that I've discovered on this part of the world. My hosts in Jeffreys Bay were the lovely owners of Marina Martinique Bed and Breakfast.

The Marina Martinique security complex is situated in Jeffrey’s Bay, the seaside and surfing mecca of South Africa, where South Africa’s renowned Garden Route starts. The Marina Martinique is a themed haven of Cape Caribbean architecture and waterfront lifestyle and the the Marina Martinique Bed and Breakfast is situated on an island within this beautiful complex, surrounded by an extensive network of sea-fed canals. There guests can relax and enjoy the fresh sea air.

It wasn't the beach and the ocean nor the surf culture that brought me to Jeffreys Bay as much as it was the animals and having the opportunity to spend some time at an Animal Clinic and a day with The Jay Bay Animal Rescue Organization.

JAY BAY ANIMAL RESCUE

Dedicated To The Rescue And Care Of Animals

Jay Bay Animal Rescue Sanctuary is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. They are avid animal lovers who wish to alleviate the suffering that is endured in the local townships by so many domestic animals.  Their goal is to help those that can’t speak for themselves and educate the community about animal rights and needs. Jay Bay Animal Rescue's motto is, is that is not just about you and me. It is all of us, because every kind act from every person big or small that is dedicated to making the world a better place for animals contributes towards a mission, spreading compassion, love and awareness for animal rights.

From putting water outside for the birds, to explaining to your kids more about animals or even giving animals from a shelter a second chance and adopting it. It all helps.

I arrived at the Jay Bay Animal Rescue Clinic and outside was a community of people who brought their animals in for treatment, dipping and possible surgery. Attending the outreach program with Jay Bay Animal Rescue brought a whole new set of challenges. My attention was largely focused on the amount of dogs that need to be spayed and neutered. Animal rescue organizations are so important especially in impoverished communities. The level of suffering of animals and the animal cruelty in these areas are of a grave concern. This time I was a little more prepared and ready for whatever came my way or so I thought. Imagine rubbish everywhere. Cows, pigs and dogs scavenging among the plastic rubble for food. This is the hard reality of Jeffreys Bay.

Another really big issue on this side is Pit Bull fighting.  It became very clear and quite obvious that once there is a Pit Bull  in the family the other animals came second. Pit Bull fighting is huge not only in this area however throughout South Africa.

Jay Bay Animal Rescue also provides packets of food for animals and if available also for humans however mostly for dogs, cats and chickens. Food donations are welcome. Some of these animals required veterinary assistance weeks and even months ago however the owners neglected to bring them to the clinic. Not one animal is turned away. Every dog or cat that is brought to the clinic gets the same loving attention they require and if necessary will be taken to the vet. In the case of township animals and depending on the severity of the case the Vet makes a call where euthanasia is sometimes the only option. Supporting rescue organizations by donating can potentially give an animal a second chance and also a new home.

The amount of plastic waste is a real issue in Jeffreys Bay.  I drove from Oudshoorn to get to Jeffreys Bay and along the way I saw cows, pigs, sheep and so many other animals scavenging for food among the heaps of rubble and waste. What is interesting is that when one speaks to the local people about the animals and about the animals eating the plastic there is no motivation to stop the animals from doing so. Some community members laugh at the animals and call the animals all sorts of names. There is a real disconnect from the impact on the animals and their well being.

Outreach projects and community work is incredibly important with regards to the plastic issue at hand. To expect consumers to take immediate responsibility is non sensical. The issue is too large and people are too comfortable. It really is something that the manufacturers and producers have to tackle from their side as well as the supply chains. We cannot allow animals to consume our waste and suffer due to our negligence and our inability to clean up our act.