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Our mission is to improve the lives of as many animals as possible. We do this by providing food, shelter and medical treatment, as well as sterilizations. These sterilizations are not limited to the township animals but include feral cats and suburban animals.

Fortunately, due to our wonderful supporters, we are able to continue our work and thank everyone who has contributed in one way or another.

Teddy has made a remarkable recovery. She was the dog hit by a car and surrendered to us to be euthanized, and yes the thought did cross our minds, but the twinkle in Teddy’s eye and her wagging tail told us she wasn’t ready to cross the Rainbow Bridge. An appeal on Facebook brought in enough funds to pay for her operation and aftercare and her physiotherapy will be done at no charge. She has even found a forever home and will be discharged from Oaklands Veterinary Clinic next week. Good luck Teddy you really deserved a second chance and thank you all who kindly donated to ensure that she got one.

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We have recently been joined, in Katlehong, by four State vets. Once a week we meet and they assist with treating, dipping and vaccinating the animals. They are also performing two sterilizations a week for us. Thank you Gillian, Heidi, Pamela and Lindsay for volunteering your time and giving the animals in Katlehong a new leash on life.

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Gen Nash, Aydan Akule & Taryn Copeman will be running the Knysna Marathon and Animal Allies is the beneficiary. Please support these amazing ladies by making a donation. All monies raised will be used for sterilizations. As we are all aware, this is the only way we are going to combat the overpopulation crisis. Please follow the link below.

https://www.givengain.com/cause/7912/campaigns/17674/

On the 24th and 25th of June we will be holding our next vaccination days, the 24th in Zandspruit Informal Settlement and the 25th in the Eskom Informal Settlement. We will be vaccinating, deworming, spraying for ticks and fleas, and handing out buckets of food, as well as collars and leashes. This is where you come in. We desperately need your help in order to make both days a success. We need donations of food, kennels, tick and flea control, collars and leashes and of course your time 🙂 If you are able to help, please contact us on 076 511 5451. Thank you!!

Just when we thought we had homed all our surrendered puppies, along came another litter of five beauties. These puppies are now 6 weeks old and are desperately looking for forever homes. They are just too cute and too gorgeous for you not to want!!! Please share with friends and family and if you are looking to adopt, look no further. An adoption fee and home check apply. 

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Please continue to help us make a difference to the animals by donating via sms or snapscan
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Until next time, stay warm!

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Despite the fact that we are not a shelter, we always have dogs, cats, kittens and puppies looking for homes.  These animals are surrendered to us by people who are no longer able to care for them. And this month is no exception. However, all nine puppies, as well as Nina and her son Pepsi, and Teddy (the dog with the broken femur surrendered to be euthanized) have new moms and dads. Thank you to every person who opened their heart and home to our puppies and adopted and the biggest THANKS to everyone that shared our posts and spread the word, you made this possible.

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Just a reminder, on the 15th of July these three wonderful ladies Gen Mash, Aydan Akule and Taryn Coperman will be running the Knysna Marathon on behalf of Animal Allies to help raise funds for our township animals. So we desperately ask for your help and support to reach the R10000 target that they have set. If each person receiving this newsletter donated R1 a kilometre we would not only reach this  target we would more than double it, making a lot of animals and us very happy J Please follow the link below to contribute towards this amazing cause.

https://www.givengain.com/cause/7912/campaigns/17674/

We held two vaccination days on the 24th and the 25th of June. The first in Zandspruit and the second in Eskom/Lions Park. What great days. Together we vaccinated, dewormed and treated for ticks and fleas 470 dogs and 22 cats. Five animals were taken for further treatment and two puppies were surrendered to us and are now looking for forever homes. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who came to help, making it a lot easier for us. Thank you to Mondeor Homebake for the incredible cupcakes, Linda Scrace for all the flea and tick treatment, Catbox Pet Hyper and Yankee Candle for the pet food.

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Winter is upon us bringing with it cold days and freezing nights. Our kennel drive is still on and we need kennels to help the poor in the townships. These animals have absolutely no shelter from the elements. If you have a kennel your dog is no longer using and is still in good condition, please consider giving it to a dog that has nothing. We will gladly collect it from you. You could also make a donation and we will buy the kennel on your behalf.

The ladies at Sandringham Gardens have been knitting blankets for pre-school children we support. On Thursday we took the ladies and their care givers to Zandspruit to hand out 75 blankets, bonnets and sweet packs. What an extremely moving experience to see their little faces beaming with joy when they received their parcels.

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Please help us find the owners of this beautiful boy. He is either lost or has been dumped. He is completely tame and was “trapped” at Golden Harvest Park. He is not microchipped and we have since sterilised him. If you have lost a male tabby or know of any one that has, please contact us on 0765115451.

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This month we took on 3 additional cases which, if it weren’t for our monthly donors, we would not have been able to do. Monthly donors allow us to take on additional cases with the confidence that we’ll still have the resources we need to continue our daily work. Your contribution is vital in our quest to make a difference in the township animals’ lives. If you are in a position to help, please complete the attached form and either scan and email or fax it to 0866055241. Thank you!!

Or you can Snapscan to donate or SMS ‘Allies’ to 38365 @R10/SMS.

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We are always grateful to those that support us, please help spread the word about Animal Allies so we can continue doing the work we do.

 Until next time, stay warm!!

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We started April with our fourth onsite sterilisation campaign. On Sunday the 2nd, we set off at 5:45am for Katlehong. The early start allowed us time to convert three classrooms into a “prep room” an “operating theatre” and a “recovery room”. By the time the veterinary surgeons arrived at 7:30 we were all set up and ready to go.

Queues of dogs and cats greeted us on our arrival, some waiting to be sterilised and others, already sterilised, waiting to be treated or vaccinated. A total of 13 vets, 3 vet nurses and almost 30 volunteers ensured 105 animals were sterilized and 100s more were treated, vaccinated, dewormed and sprayed for ticks and fleas. Fourteen dogs were brought back to Bromhof and Oaklands Veterinary Clinics for further treatment and six puppies were surrendered who are now looking for their forever homes. Thank you to every vet, vet nurse, volunteer and company that made the day the success it was, and a special thank you to Bromhof for initiating this wonderful outreach program. We truly cannot thank all of you enough.

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Please enjoy this wonderful video, Phillip Meyer made of the day. Phillip and his wife, are regular volunteers at Katlehong. Thank you Phillip and Elizabeth for always assisting at our onsite days and a special thank you to Phillip for once again taking the time to make the video and show people what we do on these days.

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Look out for our latest adverts currently on William Nicol and Grayston. A big THANKS goes to AdReach for sponsoring them. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to get our name out and raise money for the township animals’ sterilizations. This exposure will allow for us to reach so many more people and hopefully allow us to get the support we greatly need.

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Susan from Grounded Journey has taken it upon herself to help raise funds for our township animals, for kennels, food, collars and leashes and especially funds to help with our vet bills. We rely on the kindness of people and donors to make our work possible. Please consider making a donation, or signing a monthly debit order so we can continue doing the work that we do.

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Elvis to the rescue again!! This feral cat managed to get a cable tie stuck around his body which caused more damage than we initially thought. He has been given a long term antibiotics as well as anti-inflammatories which will help heal his wounds. We kept him for a few days and happy to say that he is better, more comfortable and now back home.

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Chester on the other hand has a long road to recovery. He was hit by a car in the township and broke all his metatarsals. He was taken to Oaklands vet who operated on him and inserted plates. Chester will need about four to six weeks to recover.

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Please consider making a donation towards Chester’s vet bills, either via eft or via snapscan:

Animal Allies

Nedbank Central Gauteng

Account No. 1284143821

Branch Code: 128405

Reference: Your name and cell/email address

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And lastly going back to forever homes. We need your help!!! We are not a shelter but always find ourselves with dogs and cats that need to be rehomed. Please don’t forget about Pepsi and Nina, Pebbles, Bantam and Sparky (the two dogs that were recently surrendered to us). All of them have been vaccinated and sterilized and now just need a home to call their own.  Don’t shop, please adopt and open up your homes to one or two of the lovey animals we have. Help share with friends and family and spread the word and you could be saving a life!! An adoption fee and home check apply.

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To end, we would like to wish you all a wonderful long weekend and to those travelling be safe.

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March saw us in full swing with our World Spay Day campaign and what a success it has been. The response this year was overwhelming, with an incredible 31 veterinary practices offering their services free of charge. To date an amazing 171 dogs and 26 cats have been sterilised. We have been so fortunate that we have had to extend the campaign into April. The number of births we have prevented during this campaign are just too big for us to calculate and we are truly grateful to the vets, who have helped us achieve this.

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As part of our spay campaign, Bromhof Veterinary clinic has very kindly offered to hold our 4th onsite sterilization day in Katlehong on Sunday. Katelhong forms the second largest township after Soweto and despite being in an industrial area there is an extremely high unemployment rate.

Despite these peoples’ circumstances, they love their pets and try their utmost to provide care and food for them. Unfortunately, being unemployed or on a minimum wage, this is not always possible and as such the people and animals have come to rely on us for their daily meals and for help. We desperately need food for these fur babies. Any cat or dog pellets would really help, which we will gladly collect from you. If you would like to add something for their guardians we will greatly appreciate that too. Remember, this is ongoing and not only for the weekend. Please contact us on 076 511 5451 if you would like to contribute and we will collect. Thank you!!

A big thank you to the following who have come aboard to help us with our sterilisation campaign – Dis-Chem for donating R5000 worth of products, Health & Hygiene for donating F10 disinfectant products, Promeal for the tin food, Yankee candles for donating more food (and on a regular basis) and WorldWide Veterinary Services, who sent us flea products all the way from the UK. You have lightened our load considerably and for that we salute you!!

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Our phones never stop ringing with pleas of help for sick animals in the townships in which we work. As a result our vet bills are sitting at figures Zuma would have difficulty paying. Please open your hearts and pockets and help us settle these accounts. Dog owners in the township really struggle and depend heavily on us for help and we now ask you to consider helping us too. A good example is our recent case of Nomsa who de-gloved her paw after being hit by a car. At the time she was running away from a pack of male dogs as she was on heat. Fortunately she has made a remarkable recovery, been sterilized and is now back home. Thanks to the wonderful team at Bromhof vet for taking such good care of her.

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Please donate and help us help the township animals.

Our banking details are as follows:

Animal Allies,

Nedbank Gauteng Central

Account number: 1284 143 821

Branch code: 128 405

Cheque account

Reference: Vet bills, your name & email address

Thank you to Ann, Lorrayne, Sara, Urshula and Shirley for donating all the goodies that made up the lovely raffle hamper. Thanks also to everyone that bought a ticket and helped raise funds for our township animals. Congratulations to Meahni Pieterse on winning the hamper, hope you thoroughly enjoy it!!

Don’t forget to sms ‘Allies’ to 38365 @R10/sms or you can donate via Snapscan Thanks!!!

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We end off with a quote by Sydney Smith. “It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only little – do what you can”.

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We are almost two months into the new year, and a busy two months it has been. From dogs involved in hit and runs, to burns and biliary and finally to a dog that’s managed to deglove his paw. These animals have kept Oscar and Elvis running non stop.

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Today, the 28th February marks the 23rd World Spay Day. This is an annual campaign started by the Humane Society International, to highlight the importance of spay and neuter. To celebrate this day, Animal Allies will, once again, embark on a four week program together with 27 Veterinary Clinics. Our aim is to sterilize as many dogs and cats as possible, from the three informal settlements that we are actively involved in. This program will culminate with an on-site sterilization day on the 2nd April in Katlehong, all sterilizations, hopefully in excess of 100, proudly sponsored by Bromhof Veterinary Clinic. We will attend to a further +/-500 animals on this day. All will be vaccinated, dewormed and sprayed for ticks and fleas. All animals will leave with a bucket of food and a collar and leash. In order to make this day a success, we need your help. If you would like to volunteer your time or know of any vets, vet nurses, AWA’s or anyone that would be interested in helping us make a difference, please put them in touch with us either telephonically 0765115451 or by email karen@animalallies.co.za If you can not be there and would still like to contribute to this day, please consider donating food (cat and dog), blankets, collars and leashes or tick and flea treatment.

 

This month we thank all the ladies. Ann, Lorrayne, Urshila, Sara & Shirley very kindly donated a magnificent hamper for raffling. This stunning hamper has 2 bottles of sparkling wine, chocolates, sweets and snacks, it’s even better than the last one. Tickets are on sale and we hope to raise more money than before. All money raised will go towards our onsite sterilization day in Katlehong.  Please buy a ticket or three and you could be the lucky winner!!! One ticket is R20 and three tickets are R50.

Banking details are as follows:                       

Animal Allies

Nedbank Central Gauteng                                                                                                                                         

Account No. 1284 143 821

Branch code: 128 405

Reference: Raffle, your name and contact number

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And then there are the ladies from Sandringham Gardens who have very kindly volunteered their time to knit blankets for our kiddies at the creches in Zandspruit. Considering winter is just around the corner, this offer couldn’t have come at a better time. Help us keep them busy and the kids warm by donating double-knit wool. Just give us a ring and we’ll collect.

 

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We are excited to introduce SnapScan. This makes donating to us quick, simple and easy. Please visit  www.snapscan.co.za and download the app on your mobile device and register. Once done snap away and help us clear our hefty vet bills 🙂

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To all our supporters who swipe their MySchool card, THANK YOU!! You have helped us achieve another record month and we hope, that with your help every month, every month will be a record month. If you do not have a card and would like to support us please fill in the attached application form and return to me and I will do the rest. If you already have a card, please consider adding us as a beneficiary. This can be done on the MySchool website https://www.myschool.co.za/supporter/update/

Until next month, please keep spreading the word about Animal Allies and swiping your card 🙂

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As the year draws to a close we would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your support. Because of you, we were able to: Drive 173 325 Kms; Sterilize 401 cats and 742 dogs; Treat 140 animals; Hand out twelve and a half tons of food; Hand out 1 500 Collars and leashes; Hand out 250 kennels; Vaccinate animals 900. Wow we are so proud of this incredible achievement. THANK YOU! We know we would not have been able to any of this without your support!

The Telkom 94.7 Cycle Challenge was a huge success with team Zoetis riding on behalf of Animal Allies. It was a scorching hot day but the cyclists endured it till the end. Congratulations and a special thanks to all the cyclists that took part! An amazing R6 137 was raised which will benefit the animals from the townships.

We are a beneficiary of a wonderful initiative sponsored by Montego Pet Nutrition. It runs for the month of December and aims to help feed animals at welfares country wide. Please click daily to help feed a needy animal in our townships. Just follow the link below and “CLICK” on your favourite Animal Charity- ANIMAL ALLIES The link is http://www.montego.co.za/click-to-feed-2016/

On the 20th of November we held our third on site sterilisation campaign in Katlehong. Having gained experience from the first two, we were organised and ready to go by 8am. An amazing 102 animals were sterilised and hundreds more vaccinated, dewormed and dipped. THANK YOU Bromhof Veterinary Clinic, all the vets, vet nurses, AWA’s and volunteers who helped out!! A big thank you also goes to all our sponsors who donated food, blankets and medication, we really appreciate your support.

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Please watch this amazing video from the sterilization day in Katlehong. Thank you Phillip for taking the time to make this incredible video. Please follow the link below.

 

The following Saturday we held another vaccination day at Eskom Squatter camp, where we were met by anxious owners waiting with their pets. It’s amazing what a little TLC and education can do to change lives of so many animals, and even if we say so ourselves, there’s been a vast improvement in the animals we care for. Thanks again to everyone that came through and volunteered their time making it a rewarding and successful day.

On Sunday the 11th we had our last vaccination day in Zandspruit township in Honeydew. Thank you so much Santa Cause for Paws for once again choosing us as a beneficiary and for bringing so much joy to the people and animals of Zandspuit.

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Wow!! We are lost for words! What an incredible way to end the year with this wonderful Christmas bonus of R63 680.00, from Saints Animal Charity. Thank you to everyone who cleaned out their cupboards throughout the year and chose us as their beneficiary and to the amazing and dedicated team at SAINTs for the wonderful job that they do in order to raise these unbelievable amounts for the animals! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

It’s raffle time again!! Thanks to the wonderful Ann from Pippa’s Place for donating the wine and to Nutanix for donating the nuts and snacks for our hamper. A ticket costs R20 or R50 for 3. Please support us and buy a ticket or two. Our banking details are: Animal Allies Nedbank Central Gauteng Account number: 1284 143 821 Branch code: 128 405 Cheque Account Reference: Raffle, your name and phone number

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We are still desperately looking for homes for these three gorgeous and playful puppies. Open your hearts and homes this holiday season and make a difference by adopting. Thank you to everyone who chose to adopt and give a puppy a loving home.

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From the entire Animal Allies family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful festive season and a happy New Year filled with good health and laughter. For those travelling be safe! We look forward to having you by our side in 2017. Please remember we are closing on the 15th December and will reopen on 16th January. In case of emergency please call Desire on 0834427472.

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Myth: Female cats & dogs should be allowed to have at least one litter before being spayed

Fact: Every litter counts and contributes to the overpopulation of unwanted cats and dogs. Females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. You help decrease the risks of mammary tumours and other forms of cancer.

There is no medical, physical or emotional reason that a female needs to reproduce herself except to continue the species and, as dogs are in no immediate danger of becoming extinct, this reason is null and void!!