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An amazing story of one kitten’s survival

An amazing story of one kitten’s survival

Liam (which means ‘strong fighter’) is a very, very special little guy. He had a tragic start in life and survived against all odds. On the morning of 4 October, one of our volunteers was contacted by her housekeeper; the lady’s kind-hearted husband had rescued a tiny kitten in Elsie’s River. His mom and siblings had been killed (allegedly by kids) that night. 🙁 How he escaped this terrible fate, we don’t know, but then he had to survive the…

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Patsy

Patsy

When Patsy was rescued, she was in an appalling state. Her owners clearly didn’t care about her at all as she was emaciated and was so severely infested with ticks that her ears were completely blocked by them! It was revolting – we couldn’t imagine how awful it must have felt for her.

Truffle

Truffle

We were alerted to a neglected and unwanted dog in Morning Star by someone in the neighbourhood who said that the owners didn’t want her and that they don’t look after their animals. One of our volunteers headed in to check out the situation (we usually try to speak with the owners, see what the problem is – sometimes it’s something easily rectified), and, if the animal is definitely unwanted, ask them to hang on for a week to give us time…

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Sweetheart’s tale has a happy ending

Sweetheart’s tale has a happy ending

In April 2015, we shared the tale of a little dog we named Sweetheart and her son, Scout, who were handed to us in an atrocious condition. These two were the most loveable, affectionate pair; Sweetheart’s big, dark, soulful eyes captured everyone’s hearts.

Senior Dachshund rescued from squatter camp

Senior Dachshund rescued from squatter camp

Update 17 May: ADOPTED 25 April: We picked up this little elderly fellow yesterday in the squatter camp. We saw him noodling around amidst the trash (not to mention the kids that play there in the rubbish too). We spoke to the owner as he seems to be struggling. They said immediately: please take him, it’s not good for him here. He has been there for three years. Where does he come from? The lady’s boss in Durbanville who decided…

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Owners emigrate, abandon pets in Door de Kraal home

Owners emigrate, abandon pets in Door de Kraal home

NOTE: all these cats were adopted. “Hi, my name is Lucy, and this is my sister, Sally, and brother, Silver. We were born about 8 months ago in a big house in Door de Kraal, near Durbanville, just opposite the dam – the people who owned our mom didn’t spay her, and many other people also don’t bother neutering their tom cats, so, she fell pregnant.

Sweetheart’s tale

Sweetheart’s tale

“My name is Sweetheart, although, until two days ago, I had no name. My son, Scout (also a new name), and I were just things, living with a man who didn’t really look after himself, never mind us. I was always hungry, my tummy growled constantly, although I never, ever did – I love people too much; I always try to believe in the good in them. My son ate most of what little food we got, and, because of…

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Walter

Walter

Walter, a small black Spaniel-mix was rescued from terrible circumstances in Fisantekraal. Tied up his whole life, with barely any shelter, he was a sad, neglected little old dog. But he surprised us all with his transformation, going from strength to strength with the help of his fabulous fosters Hendre, Tom, and their dog Chaya. Walter went on to be adopted by a wonderful couple, and is now living in the lap of luxury with 4 doggie friends in Sea…

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Dog brutally attacked and rescued by FAW (Nikita)

Dog brutally attacked and rescued by FAW (Nikita)

The people of the house across the road are heavy drinkers, and there are often many men visiting there, drinking. For whatever reason, one of the visitors was in the street, and, despite her gentle nature, Nika bit his leg. Although we’ll never know what really happened, something about him scared or threatened her badly enough to make her act out of character – probably because ‘her’ children were there. The man, drunk and/or high as can be, went berserk…

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Freedom for the mountain tortoise!

Freedom for the mountain tortoise!

On Saturday 30 November we went into the squatter camp to find a dog we’re treating, & what do we find? A  sweet little tortoise! He (or she?) had a hole in his shell by which he was chained to the shack. The poor thing was scrabbling in the dust searching for a place to hide from the sun. No water for him to drink & just a box of dried-up cabbage leaves to eat.