Cora Bailey, Joburg's guardian angel to animals and people #947HumanGems

99 days ago


We're looking for 947 Human Gems.

There are always South Africans doing extraordinary things - either in their careers, for the community or to make the world a better place.

Just because they're not in the news it doesn't mean that they don't deserve to be celebrated.

Are you that person? Or do you know of someone? Tell us about it because we want to highlight them as our very own 947 Human Gem.

We often hear the words "earth angel" being used on various social media platforms. Those words ring true when it comes to Cora Bailey. Cora is a guardian to animals and human beings. She is a current day Mother Teresa- an absolute saint, putting the needs of others before hers. Cora is the director and founder of Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW), an NPO which primarily provides basic veterinary healthcare and humane education to indigent communities in various townships and informal settlements in Gauteng.

CLAW is stationed in Durban Deep, Roodepoort but often assists as a mobile clinic. Many communities that CLAW services only have CLAW as their veterinary support. Cora through CLAW attends to the treatment of animals through free vaccinations, spay/neuter operations, and CLAW also runs an animal clinic in Durban Deep, Roodepoort. Cora is an exceptional human being. You would expect a retiree to slow down as the years go on but Cora has dedicated the best years of her life to humanitarian work. She works tirelessly to assist others.

Cora is an individual that you can really describe as "salt of the earth". She would give the clothes off her back to make sure someone else is warm. Although CLAW is primarily a veterinary clinic, the current economic climate has forced CLAW to also become an animal shelter. Households can no longer afford to keep much-loved pets and have turned to CLAW for help. Pets are constantly being surrendered to CLAW and Cora never turns anyone away.

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CLAW relies completely on public funding and even when funds are low Cora will never let her surrendered animals or clinic patients go hungry. There are so many good deeds that I can think of when it comes to Cora but one of them is when a child visiting her clinic fell and injured himself and Cora left what she was doing and rushed him to the nearest hospital. Another deed that comes to mind is Cora working through the night with her team to make sure a monkey was saved and brought down from a high tree. The monkey was chased up the tree by angry community members.

There are so many people out there trying to make the world a better place and Cora is most definitely a Human Gem.

You can contact CLAW if you'd like to make a contribution.


Cora was nominated by Naticia Dhookie.




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