Good Day

We hope this update finds you well. Thanks to you, our wonderful supporters, we are able to bring you a double dose of good news this month, a little late but better late than never.

We held our second vaccination day on the 15th February in Honeydew Squatter Camp. Armed with vaccinations, dip, deworming tablets, food, collars and leads, we arrived to an empty field. Filled with anxiety, our nerves soon got the better of us. Did everyone get our fliers? Did we do enough to get the word out? Even a prayer or two was heard. And then all was answered. Dogs of all shapes and sizes came bounding across the field with their owners. We vaccinated just short of 200 cats and dogs. Of these 3 were taken away for further treatment, all making a full recovery. They were returned to their guardians just a couple of days later.

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The 25th of February marked the 20th Anniversary for International Spay Day. This was started by the Humane Society International in order to highlight the importance of sterilization, as the only way to save the lives of companion animals.

We sent emails to vets all over Gauteng and the response was incredible. We would like to thank every vet that got involved and helped make a difference not only in these animals lives, but helped prevent thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens from being born only to be abandoned, neglected, or abused. These vets didn’t just perform surgeries—they performed miracles.

It’s frustrating to witness the same scene over and over again; to see animals receive no medical attention, while others produce litter after litter. We believe that in order to help animals, we need to start with people. We need to educate them with regards to caring for their pets and they need to know that we are only a phone call away. We are making progress and you have helped to achieve this.

There’s no gain without pain, and this month ended on a sad note when we collected two badly burnt dogs from the Lions Park Squatter Camp. Unfortunately, one dog was so badly burnt that keeping him alive was cruel. We had to make an extremely hard decision and decided that under the circumstances it would be more humane to euthanize him and allow him to cross the rainbow bridge. The other dog is still at Oaklands Veterinary Clinic where he is on the mend.

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In the meantime, with your support, we’ll continue to be there when animals and the people, who want to help them, are in need. We know this fight is not an easy one, but with dedicated supporters, like you, we are confident we will win the war.

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