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“To see a dog flourish and bloom into a loving, trusting and trustworthy companion is life-defining. There is nothing better than knowing that you are worthy of his or her love and devotion; you have truly earned their adoration and respect.” Adopting adult or senior pets from animal shelters is a truly wonderful thing to do. It’s also easier than you may think… ...read more
 

I first met “Vesper the Brave” one sunny day at Woodrock Animal Rescue Centre, near Johannesburg. This little black-and-tan mite never lacked attention and she was absolutely adorable. She was also paralysed in her hind legs… ...read more
 

You researched, discussed, planned, and picked the perfect pet. But what happens once you bring them home? Will they settle in without a hitch? And what if they don’t? How can you ease their way? When is it time to call in help? Our guide will help you get things off to a great start. ...read more
 

Does your pet waddle when he walks or have a bulging belly that sways from side to side? Are her ribs buried under so many wobbles that you can’t feel them when you stroke her? Puffs and pants when you head out for a walk? Then, chances are you have an overweight or obese pet. ...read more
 

Parrots are beautiful birds and can be fun, talkative household companions who entertain us with their antics. But, in order to live happily ever after, doing your homework is crucial... ...read more
 

True or false: black cats are bad luck? True… if you’re a black cat. Sadly, this kind of myth is responsible for thousands of these beauties being last on the list of adoptions, along with tortoiseshell, calico, and senior felines who also fall prey to myths and perceptions. ...read more
 

You’re just leaving the shopping mall when you glimpse a graceful feline form slinking between the parked cars towards some dumpsters. You stop and see a small cat crouched in the shadows, watching you with huge, wild-looking eyes. Wanting a closer look, you approach but, with a flick of its elegant tail, the feral cat is gone before you can even blink. ...read more
 

There’s nothing like an animal’s companionship to lift the spirits. They are non-judgemental, accepting, and their love is unconditional. They can help us immeasurably when we’re ill, be it physically or mentally. That’s why they’re increasingly forming an important part of healing treatment for people of all ages: Animal-assisted Therapy. ...read more
 

When mild-mannered journalist Clark Kent (aka Superman) dashes into a handy phone booth and we spot that flash of blue and red, we all know a superhero is on his way. But did you know that real superheroes walk among us? What lies beneath their everyday appearance isn’t a cape or costume; it is a heart big and strong enough to save – and love – many. ...read more