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How it all began
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- Kleinmond Animal Welfare Society
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- The 9th Day
- Giving them a second chance
- A Dream Come True
- Santa Cause for Paws
- New Beginnings
- Mdzananda Animal Clinic
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- Camdeboo Sterilisation Initiative (CSI) Graaff-Reinet Eastern Cape
- Yorkie Rescue South Africa introduces Amelia Kinkade
- DOGTOWN SA
- Our Purple Kennel Project
- Benoni Animal Rescue Centre
- Fisantekraal Animal Welfare
- Animal Allies
- Border Collie Rescue SA (Gauteng)
- Hellen – Working in the Community
- The Transkei Animal Welfare Initiative (TAWI)
- Cluny Animal Trust
- African Tails
- Making a difference
- Changing the world for Jacky Chan
- Reunited after four long years
- Lucky Lewis
- Rescuing Rae
- Our Rosie
- Mr Grumpy goes home
- Step by step: saving a paralysed Serval kitten
- Our Crazy Baby
- Zora and Zee
- Getting Gucci back and saving Saroo
- Basie and Nonna's Journey of love
- A leg for Leggy
- Frosty Faces Are Our Favourites
- Saving Darcy
- CJ’s Journey
- THE CARING OWL: BORN TO BE FREE
- A miracle for Oscar
- Mikey on the move
- Doting on Danté
- The lucky life of Evie
- Meisie: a mom to many
- Holly finds happiness
- Wilee (pronounced "why-lee")
- Saving Baby Irene
- Our Odie
- A topsy-turvy life
- GABBY – EVERY DOG MATTERS
- Dexter’s Story
- The Unsinkable Molly Brown
- MYRA – AN EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY DOG
- My Magita
- Benji comes home
- The Fabulous Five
- Buddy G, bringing Soul back to Bloem
- THE HOMELESS DUO WHO BECAME ICONS
- Joy for Juno
- The Tale of Timisa
- Our Ouvrou
- Home Of The Little Critters
- Princess Lulu
- Timothy’s Tale
- My blessing named Polly
- The prodigal son returns
- Making dreams come true
- Beautiful Arizona
- Spirit’s Story of Recovery
- GERTIE’S STORY
- The Bravest of Hearts
- Nellie From Nelspruit
- Crazy about Kenzo
- Evan the Eagle Owl
- How Phoenix Rose From The Ashes
- Our Marvellous Menagerie
- Finding George
- The Tale of Toban
- Paige’s Story
- Vlooi - my poster pup
- Fortune favours the brave
- Some happy endings from CROW (Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife)
- Teacher’s Pet
- Just Jasper
- How Enzy became Daisy-Mae
- Ready-made family
- Reunited with Rolo
- Sparky - back where he belongs
- Lovely Lola
- Je Suis Jolie
- HOG HERO
- Lost and Found
- Saving Grace
- New best friends
- Ultimate Survival
- Eddie The Brave
- Winning Whisper
- Nala is back home
- Jabu’s Story
- A Friend For Life
- HEY JOE
- Little Richard
- Crinkle’s journey from tragedy to joy
- Oliver’s Story
- Caring for Kelsey
- FROM KENNELS TO KUSA
- A True Miracle for Tinkerbelle
- Mighty Zeus
- My Happy Spaniel Story
- Celebrating 3 years after Kimberleigh’s rescue and her fabulous “forever after”
- Burnie the cat - from agony to angel!
- My Belle
- Mad about Maddy
- Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
- Bonny the miracle pony
- Terrific Tommy
- The Story of Hope
- A kitten with a lion heart
- Going The Extra Mile For Meisie
- Little Olive
- Adventures of Odin
- From Rags To Riches
- Go Team Maggie
- Maya’s Story
- Vienna takes the road less travelled
- A Christmas wish come true
- A Purrfect Furever After
- Warrior Girl (Ragna)
- Living life sheepishly (Yanka)
- Forever Romeo
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- Reunited after 3 years (Diego)
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Jenni Davies shares her beloved wire-haired Terrier-mix, Benji. “Benji was a stray; when his owners were traced, they said they didn’t want him anyway. Well, their loss and my gain because this little guy is so special. He makes me laugh every day with his funny ways, and is such a loving, clever dude with a real ‘larger-than-life’ personality.
“He is the absolute love of my life, the apple of my eye, and I still can’t believe that I was lucky enough to have adopted him.”
Heather Edwards shares Zuri (which means “beautiful” in Swahili). “Zuri was given to us as a kitten by a guy who used to work for my dad and who came from an impoverished area where cats aren’t spayed. She would have ended up in a shelter if we hadn’t agreed to take her in. She is such an intelligent cat and we love having her as part of our family. (Zuri’s mom, thankfully, was spayed after that litter.)”
Keeska and Adam
Lemaryn Barendse shares Keeska and Adam, whom she adopted from Oudtshoorn Dogs in Need. “Keeska had been rescued as a puppy from life on a chain and suffering from tick bite fever. We fell in love with her personality from the very first day and had to adopt her; she will never live on a chain again.
“Later, whilst taking photos of dogs to network, I noticed a tan bundle of joy – take one part dog and mix in three parts ‘energiser bunny’ and you have our Adam, a total package of energy and love.”
Nataly Barbosa shares Leo, whom she recently took in from a family who moved to a place with no garden for him. “We are besotted with our giant baby. Leo is extremely muscular and is a giant of a dog, and they were struggling to find a suitable home for him.
“I have seven dogs, all of which are rescues: a Labrador, four pavement specials from squatter camps, two adopted Chihuahuas and, now, Leo.
“My nerves were shot the day Leo was brought home. I literally had to carry him out of the car; he was petrified. We introduced the large dogs, one by one, on leashes. It was a time-consuming task requiring plenty of patience. On his first night, I took some of my pillows and blankets and lay with Leo in our garage, which is connected directly to our home.
“Initially, he cowered with his tail between his legs and was extremely skittish. But now his tail wags constantly and he’s already playing with the other dogs. He no longer runs away from people and is extremely affectionate.”
Yvette Nel shares her very precious old boy, Spider. “Spider is 17 years old and one of the fortunate dogs who’s had a loving home since birth. Although he’s not a rescue, we added a few years to his life by not giving up on him. Spider weighed 1.3kg at one stage, couldn’t walk, sit or stand for a day or two, but – oh boy! – could he still eat… and that’s what made me decide not to put him to sleep.
“He was fed every hour, given coconut water and milk and, within two weeks, had gained weight, gotten stronger, and started walking again. Spider is a cancer survivor and, although he has a heart condition, he lives a pain- and suffering-free life, doing everything a younger dog does; just in slow motion.”
Stefanie Koch shares Ila, adopted form DARG in 2011. “Ila moved with me from SA to Ireland and later to Germany. Last year we were blessed with a baby girl, Anni, and Ila is the best big sister ever!”
Snoopy, Nandi and Dexter
Left to right: Snoopy, Nandi and Dexter
Lauren Butcher shares her three rescue Cocker Spaniels, Snoopy, Nandi and Dexter. “We adopted Snoopy from Spaniel Welfare SA in March 2016. We needed a friend for Dexter after Lulu died (they were very close and he became very sad and lonely) but I wasn’t ready to replace her with another girl. My eldest daughter went to meet him in Johannesburg and decided he would be a perfect fit. We met him a few weeks later when he flew to Port Elizabeth to join our family. He is a busy boy, but also very soppy and loves cuddles – nudging your hand for more when you stop.
“Nandi is our baby girl and she is now a year old. We adopted her through Spaniel Welfare SA last October. She is the only one we’ve had from a pup and it’s been a wonderful journey. She’s the busiest and most active of my three, but also the one most generous with her love. She’s so full of the joy of life from the minute she wakes up in the morning until her eyes close at night.
“Everyone is greeted each morning as if it’s been ages since she last saw them. Her little bum wiggles constantly and everyone is smothered with kisses, including our cat (who is 14). The two of them are great buddies and can often be found playing together in the garden.
“I adopted Dexter together with Lulu in Feb 2014 from Spaniel Rescue South Africa. (Lulu was my dog soulmate but unfortunately died on 14 Feb 2016 from bacterial meningitis – don’t think I’ll ever get over losing her.)
“Dexter is the sweetest, most gentle soul in the world and his only aim in life is to be everybody’s friend (and go for walks and lie on the couch or bed). He was rescued from a dog hoarder and was very neglected and forced to stay outside. (I’m sure he was also beaten judging by his reactions to sudden arm movements when he first arrived.) He’s always a favourite with visitors to our home or new friends made whilst out and about because of his lovely gentle nature.
“It’s so lovely to have these three in our lives. They bring such joy and love into our home and help make it a happy place. Adopting Spaniels was one of the best decisions we made and I am so glad we’ve been able to repay their unquestionable love by taking them on so many adventures – weekends away, beach walks, valley walks, boat rides and daily walks around the suburb or to the dog park, as well as smothering them with love and cuddles and just generally spoiling them to bits.”
Beverley Frank shares Mittens, who was adopted after she had been abandoned with her siblings at the local vet. “Mittens is now two-and-a-half years old – and is an absolute delight! She is very vocal and we hold many ‘conversations’.
“Mittens is not a brave kitty at all; she runs for her life when I get visitors... even from my daughter and the grandkids, whom she’s known all her life. She’s definitely a one-woman cat! She doesn’t tolerate dogs in general although she loves Honey, my Golden Retriever. I have caught her on numerous occasions trying to play with her, but the minute I get my camera out, she runs. She truly is a blessing, and we enjoy many cuddles.”
Emma O’Brien shares her elderly rescue boy, Jeremy, who was adopted from Sandton SPCA in February 2011. “Jeremy is my constant companion and I cannot imagine my life without him. I adopted him on Valentine’s Day in 2011 and he’s brought so much joy to my life. Jeremy inspired me to start photographing dogs and to volunteer to help Sandton SPCA, which I’m proud to say has meant not only over R1 million in funds from the annual calendar project, but it’s also helped countless dogs find a new home.
“He is rather needy and wants to be sitting on my lap whenever possible; I think he’d happily have me carry him everywhere if he got his way. Sadly, he’s rather an old boy now and spends most of his time sleeping. He’s blind and deaf, which means I have to keep a close watch to make sure he’s safe and wake him up when it’s breakfast time… but he has no problem finding his way onto the couch.”
Photo credit: Liv Stirling Photography
Ernestine Strini shares her precious Penny, who was rescued from a terrible life on a farm. “If I had a penny (excuse the pun) for every ‘Ooooh’ and ‘Aaahh’ and ‘How Cute’ from people when they first meet our girl, I’d be a millionaire by now. Penny came from a farm in Pretoria, neglected, starving and covered in ticks and fleas. We had to shave her fur off completely and then it started growing back in peculiar places. She was with us a few short months and already headed off to Cape Town to spend the holiday with us. She is our ‘Travel Dog’ and flies or drives with us wherever we are heading.
“I call Penny my Rescue Dog Ambassador: everyone asks what ‘kind of dog and breed’ she is and my answer is always: The Best Kind, which is the Rescue Breed … and then I point people in the direction of the nearest animal shelter to adopt (and not buy) a pet.
“Penny will be years old in December but her cuteness simply knows no age.”
Teresa Whitehead shares Gemma, who was semi-feral, horrifically thin and pregnant when she moved in with her. “When Gemma was handed in to a shelter for rehoming, I couldn’t bear to surrender her as I knew she’d battle to find a home because she has no problem smacking if she’s not happy. And so, she was spayed and vaccinated, and given the home she’d chosen – with lots of love to go with it.”
Marlene Howard shares Leia, whom she recently adopted. “Leia is a five-month-old ball of energy. She was dropped off at the vet as a stray and sadly never claimed. She gives us lots of cuddles, enjoys her puppy training and certainly keeps us on our toes.”
Katniss and Finn
Lina du Preez shares Katniss, a puppy who was adopted from Ark Animal Centre, and tabby kitten Finn, who was adopted from The Cat Shack. “When I saw Katniss on Facebook, I fell in love with her pretty little face; my kids felt the same and we headed off to Ark Animal Centre to meet her. It was an easy adoption process and she has been a perfect fit to our family. She is sweet, loving and, needless to say, adored by all of us.
“Little Finn is the sweetest kitten to ever live. He was chosen out of so many gorgeous kittens and cats by my son, and although he was the total opposite to what I had pictured, he is the most amazing cat I have ever known.
“After a few weeks of getting to know each other and finding their places, Katniss and Finn absolutely love each other. They play constantly and love to snuggle up together on the couch. They complete our family and I can’t imagine not having them; in fact I can’t remember what our home was like before we adopted them. Well... actually, I guess it was just a house before we adopted. Now it’s a home.”
Ernestine Strini shares Maya, whom she adopted from Pretoria Dog Rescue. “Maya was dropped at the shelter at the very advanced age of 15 years! Confused, scared and underweight, and with the freezing winter months upon us, it all took a big toll on her. If she wasn’t adopted she really faced suffering, even an early death.
“But, with a few good months of being part of our warm and loving home, with good food and even better care, Maya has blossomed into an absolute beauty. The years seem to be falling off her each day she is with us. She has fitted in beautifully and we love her very much.”
Wynter Worsthorne shares Amber, a little red hen who was rescued when her humans moved from Johannesburg to a smaller property in Cape Town and could not keep their chickens. “Amber is a feisty hen and although a bit nervous, she will let me pick her up when I need to care for her in any way. She is completely free range with the rest of the flock and sticks close to her friends; they all put themselves to bed each evening in their cosy hen-house. Whenever I feel stressed, all I need to do is spend time with my chickens to recharge and relax.”
Harry and Ellie
Harry is on the left, Ellie on the right
Nicky Schmidt shares Harry and Ellie, who were both adopted from Golden Retriever Rescue. “Ellie and her brother, Casey (who, sadly, passed away from cancer in December), had been abandoned by their owners in kennels when Liezel of Golden Retriever Rescue contacted me to come and meet them.
“We adopted Harry to keep Ellie company; he adores his ‘big sister’ and she’s slowly but surely getting over her disdain and contempt and coming to love him too. He’s certainly given her a new zest for life!
“I don’t know anything about Harry’s story – we were told he was five, but his vet book says seven, and he seems to have some hip and spine issues. He is such a lovely boy – a happy dog – and has settled in beautifully. They both love their walks on the beach, in the forest and, of course, napping on the couch.”
Princess Peppa Le Peau
Tessa Papadopoulos shares her Princess Peppa Le Peau, who was rescued as a very young and very pregnant feral. “Needless to say, we had her fixed immediately and guess who rules our roost and our hearts? Our darling Pepps!”
Paula Bean shares golden oldie Honey, who was rescued after being abandoned. “Honey is a grand dame at 18 years of age. Dumped outside a grooming parlour as a very small pup, we adopted her with a broken tail and dislocated back leg. Her tail was put in plaster and a pin in her leg and we have never looked back. She has been a real cheeky ankle biter, very healthy, and she still loves her food. She is a treasure in our home and hearts.”
Xena and Perry
Carol Eggleton shares Xena and Perry, whom she adopted from Love A Bull SA in January. “They are just too precious; they both have such beautiful personalities. Perry, our big boy (the white one), is just so placid, and Xena, our pretty girl, just can’t stop giving us kisses all day and every day. Their tails never stop wagging from the minute they wake up until bedtime. We just love them so much.”
Robyn Lisa Clifton shares Buddy, who was adopted along with his mommy, Gracie, and mom’s BFF, kitty Cleo, from Phillipi Animal Welfare Society. “He was so little when we adopted him and his mum that we had no idea how he was going to turn out; every day was a little more interesting. Our ‘Buddy Bear’ is too precious and such a little character. He, Gracie and Cleo are always together getting up to mischief!”
(Editor’s note: See the full story here http://www.happytailsmagazine.co.za/happy-tales/ready-made-family/)
Linda Jane Simone shares Nunu, who “adopted her family” after she had been abandoned by her previous owners when they moved. “Because of living as a street cat for a while – we estimate it was about eight to ten weeks – Nunu developed the habit of eating whenever there was food around just in case there wasn’t any more forthcoming. As a result, she tends to overeat, so we’ve had to put her onto a specialised cat food and keep a tight check on her daily diet now.
“We love her to bits! She has a very playful character and tends to spend most of her time hanging out on our bed.”
Madeli Endrich shares Lizzy, who was adopted from Aniwell. “Lizzy was a puppy in a litter of six rescued in a Grabouw informal settlement when her mom was sterilised. She was the very first puppy we adopted and is nearly six years old now. Lizzy is a very sensitive creature and we have a very close bond.
“Lizzy often gets mistaken for a pure breed because of her gorgeous looks, but she is a stunning rescue dog with deep chocolate dark brown eyes and a heart of gold. She often helps me with tiny rescue kittens and her favourite pastime is napping on our bed in the sun. She loves walks and tug play and can spend hours playing with her sister, Molly.”
Vivienne Jones shares Harley Davidson, who was found as a feral kitten in 2015. “Harley lives happily with me but, sadly, has never lost his fear of people so I still cannot touch him. But he enjoys life and adores his ‘other brothers from different mothers’.”
Jackie Buss shares her precious Hahns Macaw named Pickles. “When I met Pickles, she immediately jumped onto my shoulder, said ‘hello’, then bit me – and bit me again.
“She was about two years old, and had been returned by her previous owner because they couldn’t handle her: she was noisy and would bite both humans and other birds (and, I have since learnt, dogs and cats too).
“As it turned out, all she needed was the right human to love her as she is – to accept her being true to her parrot nature, and to give her the attention she deserves. She needed her perfect human, and I found a companion I never knew I needed.
“Love at first bite and, a few bites later, the rest is history!”
Nadine and daughter Jemma van Driel share little Scooby, whom they recently adopted from Maltese, French Poodle and Yorkie Rescue South Africa. “Little Scooby has crept into our hearts so quickly! He is such a cute little boy with a lovely gentle, friendly and playful personality.
“His fur friend, our other little rescue, Izzi, ‘shouted’ (loud bark) a lot on the first day but since then has been so much better. Although she is still the boss and he’s so chilled about it.
“We’re so pleased he’s part of our family.”
Lauren van Wyk shares Cadbury, who was rescued as a feral living at a warehouse. “This beautiful boy is possibly the world’s friendliest cat; when we come home in the afternoon he comes running down the hall to greet us, tail in the air. He is a dog in a little cat’s body and we love him very much.”
Debbie Hindshaw shares Charlie, whom she adopted from FORA. “Since adopting Charlie, I’ve never looked back. He has brought such joy and light to my life and I can’t imagine my life without my sweet boy.”
Gail King shares Wanda, whom she adopted from Edenvale SPCA 10 years ago. “Wanda was undernourished and had lived an abusive life before being picked up as a stray. She is now the pride and joy of our family and is also the proud owner of KUSA Canine Good Citizen Award.
“She has also recently saved the life of a puppy by donating blood – our hero! We can’t imagine a day without her – she truly is the love of our lives.”
Olly and Spencer
Kim Burrell shares Olly and Spencer, both of whom she adopted from Cat Care. “I was only supposed to take Spencer but I just fell in love with them both. They were taken into foster care with Jill Wakeford of Cat Care when they were two weeks old and were bottle-fed; I think that’s why they’re so incredibly affectionate and confident around anyone and anything.
“They’re the absolute best of friends and can’t do anything without one another. Spencer is the adventurous yet very affectionate one, while Olly is a Mommy’s boy who needs me or Spencer to watch him play in the garden. Adopting them was definitely the best thing I’ve ever done.”
(Olly is the one at the top and Spencer is the one at the bottom)
Carol Bysshe shares Nipper, whom her family adopted when he could no longer live with his previous owner. “Of course, we all agreed upfront – there would be rules, like never to be allowed on the furniture. Hmmm, well here we are… Nipper is very loved and absolutely adores ‘his’ beanbag.”
Bibi Bibs Bianca
Lisa Tamarozzi shares Bibi, whom she adopted from the SPCA Cape of Good Hope. “Bibi was found as a stray and had been at the SPCA for eight weeks; she was showing signs of kennel stress when I adopted her. Her name at the SPCA was Mimi, but I changed it to Bibi Bibs Bianca (her name on her passport is Bianca Tamarozzi). She has travelled with me from Cape Town to Amsterdam, to Houston in Texas, close to Mexico, and spent Christmas and New Year 2014 in Manhattan, New York. She is a feisty little monkey who shares my heart with my other rescue dog, named Starr.”
Marisa Louw shares George, who was rescued by her and her opera singer husband, Stefan, in 2012. “George has really struggled with his health; he has only one eye and has allegedly suffered a minor stroke. Since being with us, he has been put on a healthy diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, and parrot pellets; his health is improving daily and his feathers are growing back. And yes, he sings opera!”
Robert and Raine
Katie Jane shares her rescue cats, Robert and Raine. “Robert was found in a drain in Robertson and rescued by Aniwell. Although he had a very rough start, with their love and care he did well and I adopted him a year ago. Raine was thrown out of a car window and a kind person took her in to Panorama Vet, from where I adopted her. She’s had to overcome a number of health issues but, since being on a balanced raw food diet, she is thriving. Both of them are in excellent health.
“They get supervised outside play for an hour every day and are otherwise happy indoor kitties with a ‘jungle gym’, tunnel, toys galore and, of course, comfy beds. They are soulmates and adore each other.”
Trixie Osterloh shares Bibi, whom she fostered, together with her siblings, for Husky Rescue when they were only three months old. “Bibi is a Husky-German Shepherd-Chow mix and is turning six years old this year. Bibi is the loveliest of dogs and was adopted by my mother, Karla. She’s adored by the whole family.”
Ella and Faye
Robyn Bosch shares her beloved rescue rats, Ella (left) and Faye, who had been dumped at her local vet in an appalling condition. “I couldn’t say no, even though I had 13 already, mostly rescues from Mischief Rat Rescue. Ella is very loving and just wants cuddles; she also gives kisses. Faye is adventurous; tame but always wants to explore. They get baby porridge for breakfast, homemade rat mix is always available, and they enjoy fruit and vegetables at night.
“For one to three hours daily they get ‘free time’; I’ve set up obstacles and tunnels, which they love. They’re even potty-trained, which helps in free time. They were the sweetest little rats from the start and they make me smile daily with their antics.”
Gracie, Pearl, Chan and Gizmo
Beverly Kinsella shares her family of failed fosters and adopted seniors. “Three years ago I fostered Gracie (small Spanny sitting on the chair). She was, sadly, simply an unwanted puppy of about six months. She was so frightened and timid. I fell in love with her immediately on her arrival and announced her adoption two weeks later, renaming her Gracie-May as she came to us in May 2014. She has blossomed into a loving, confident and happy three-year-old little girl.
“Pearl (larger Spanny sitting on the chair) had been given to the domestic servant after her owners emigrated. Regrettably her needs could no longer be taken care of properly and she landed up at the vet in a very poor condition. She was surrendered and remained at the vet for a week to be treated before being placed in my foster care. Once again, as soon as I saw Pearl I ‘knew’ she was ‘home’. She’s a very gentle, loving and happy 13-year-old little girl. I named her Pearl because she is so beautiful and delicate.
“Chan (bottom right photo) was placed in our foster care in 2014 after his owner sadly passed away. Chan suffered from severe depression initially, but with loads of love and understanding he eventually settled in at our home. We struggled to find him a new family and after fostering him for eight months we decided to adopt him. He’s now a lovely old spaniel boy of about 12 years who offers so much love, gratitude, loyalty and companionship.
“In January this year I saw a Facebook post on Gizmo (bottom left photo), a 14-year-old visually impaired Spaniel who is also slightly deaf and in need of a new home. I felt an instant connection with him when I saw his photo and we were so blessed to have been chosen as his new family. He has settled in wonderfully in his new home and with his fur siblings. I know he is a senior, and his time with us may be limited, but we cherish each day with him.
“All my animals bring me so much joy, fun and laughter. Their love overflows and is unconditional. They are such loyal, understanding friends and companions.
“Please consider opening your heart and home to a foster animal. Time is not always on their side and a foster home is the bridge between life and death. Also, adopting an older animal will enrich your life immeasurably and change your life forever.”
Elana Smit shares little Babsie, who was rescued as a feral kitten. “Babsie was not always the bubbly soul she is today. She was caught in a trap with her feral mum. Her mum now lives the cosy life of a barn cat, and as for Babsie… well, she has completely taken over our hearts and our home.”
Estelle Meldau of Woodrock Animal Rescue Centre shares Jenny, whom she saved ten years ago as a mange-riddled parvo pup. “When Jen came into our lives, all we wanted was for her to survive. So I carried her around under my jersey like a newborn baby. Needless to say, I caught mange – as did my entire family. We had to change our linen daily and we all landed up at a skin specialist! Nevertheless, I have to confess that Jenny has repaid us back a million-fold by simple love and devotion. Adopted dogs are packages of healing. They teach humans the meaning of love and trust.”
Nunu and Aslan
Dawn Austen shares Nunu and Aslan, who both came to live with her and the family quite unexpectedly. “Nunu was saved from almost being knocked down by a truck and then a taxi whilst in the middle of a very busy road just before Christmas. We coerced the little guy into our car, took him home and then spent the next few weeks trying to find his owner. Sadly, none was ever found. He definitely is a lap dog – used to being inside and also used to being on a bed! He has THE most loving nature; he actively looks for love all the time.
“When we took Nunu to be neutered, we met a man at the vet with a beautiful eight-week-old Golden Labrador puppy. Of course, we cooed over the pup and, after watching this, the man asked: ‘Do you want him?’ We were stunned, especially as he would give Aslan to us and not sell him. Well, of course we said yes! The man paid for his vaccinations, gave us his bowl and blanky and off he went. Aslan has grown in leaps and bounds. At five months old he already weighs 23kgs and is a typical Labrador – chewing or eating everything, always looking for something to do or get into. I’m sure he thinks he has several names, such as ‘No’, ‘Give that here’, ‘Stop’, ‘Drop that’, etc.
“Aslan loved Nunu from the start; Nunu was not so keen on no longer being an only child. It took a few days but he eventually came around. They are a David-and-Goliath pair but inseparable now. I honestly could not imagine our home without these very special fur kids in our life.”
Ronel Pienaar shares little Tic Tac, who was rescued with his mom and sisters from a horrible situation. “Tic Tac is just over a year old. He and his family were very young, fed a poor diet, and were underweight; some were pregnant. The babies were born soon after the rescue but many died due to poor immune systems and respiratory infections. Tic Tac started out life receiving antibiotics at three weeks. Fortunately he pulled through and lives his life as a much-loved and spoiled pet. Tic Tac will even be at the WODAC show taking place this month at the Mischief Rat Rescue stand.”
Photo credit: Ornella D Photography
Carol Werth shares Ebony, whom she adopted from Dassenberg Horse Rescue Centre at just eight weeks old. “She came home with me on Valentine’s Day after a morning of volunteering in 2015. She is highly intelligent and is quick to alert me if something is wrong; I know her warning bark for a wild animal, another cat, one of my own cats and a trespasser. She hates my phone and always gives me that look that I am ignoring her when I am on FB or WhatsApp. She is a perfect little buddy.”
Michelle Raath shares Patches, whom she adopted seven years ago. “While scrolling through Facebook a tortoiseshell kitty’s face popped up. It was instant love. I called the haven and told them I was coming to fetch her. Patches continues to bring much joy and love to us. She even stands on her hind legs and walks when she wants something or is happy to see you – a very cute trait. Weekends are her favourite, when she can spend some time lying in with us.”
Dixie and Lyka
Reiny Maher shares Lyka and Dixie, both of whom were adopted from FORA. “They are spoilt rotten “puppies”. Lyka is now eight and Dixie, whom I’ve had for four years now, is approximately 11 or 12. These two have a busy schedule: they get walked in the park at 7AM, then breakfast, another walk at around 10 and then a marrowbone; they have the afternoon at their leisure then another walk at around 4 to 5PM, depending on the weather. On their afternoon walk, they meet up with their friend and play off-lead, chasing each other around and swimming in the river. Supper time is around 6PM. They are the best of friends and get into all sorts of nonsense together, dashing onto the golf course nearby if given a chance. They have lots of friends and are well known in the neighbourhood. I love them to bits and life would not be the same without them.”
Nigel Legge shares Thomas, who was rescued out of a dustbin as a two-week-old kitten. “My lovely wife, Julie, bottle-fed our ginger boy; today he is the most handsome cat who behaves more like a dog than a cat. Known as Thomas O’Malley, he rules the roost in our home. We can’t go to sleep at night unless he is tucked up under the duvet.”
Colleen Cairney shares little Lucy, whom she adopted from FORA. “I just love her attitude in this photo. Her name changes depending on her mood or what she is up to: Lucy, Lulubelle, Lulu – or Luuuuucccc when she’s far away patrolling the garden to keep us safe We love her to bits.”
Lilly and Tic Tac
Photo credit: Hilette Hatting
Jackie Grobler shares Lilly (left) and Tic Tac, siblings adopted from Cat Care. “Initially, we were only going to adopt Tic Tac, but when we got to the foster mom we met Lilly, a tiny, petrified tortoiseshell kitty. She ran, hid and hissed, but we just couldn’t leave her behind… today they are inseparable.
“Grey-and-white Tic Tac is an adorable cat who loves attention and talks non-stop. He also sucks his tail; we are told that’s because he left his mommy to soon. Although Lilly is still timid with strangers, she’s turned out to be the most loving kitty we have. She loves night-time and always snuggles up between us.”
Caitlin Kotze shares Max, an unclaimed stray. “Max came into my life as a case of ‘right place, right time’ – for both of us. Both my dogs fill a space in my life that no human could. Having suffered from depression for many years, my dogs have made all the difference.”
Marco Pietrowski shares Tyson, adopted through Pit Pals. “Tyson being with us today is nothing short of a miracle. His foster mom had to resuscitate him twice on the first night in her care and it was touch and go as to whether he would survive. But Tyson is a toughie; he made a full recovery and we were very happy to make him part of our family.”
Claire MacIntosh shares Delores, a rescued rabbit who was found in the road a couple of years ago. “Her owners never came forward, so she moved in with us. Delores has been with me for just over two years now and has made herself comfortable in my spare bedroom, which she shares with my Guinea Pig girls. They are in a large enclosure, while Delores is allowed the run of the room. She is litter box-trained and is rather particular about where her bed, litter tray and food bowls go.
“She has proven to be quite a spoilt girl; my fault, I know! I have had other bunnies before, but Delores really is one in a million! She is such a character and loves having her bum scratched and will do strange yoga poses (head down and bum in the air) to make sure you scratch the right spot.”
Riley and Molla Polla
Julie Smale shares her rescued kitties, Riley and Molla Polla, adopted as tiny kittens. “These two and their siblings were saved by animal rescuer Vivienne Jones, and once they were healthy enough, they were flown down to us in KZN. It didn’t take them long to settle in with our family of other rescue cats. Riley is the most affectionate boy ever and even though Molla Polla appears to have a grumpy face, she loves to talk. From tiny baby feral kittens sick with snuffles to the best cats anyone could want to share their lives with.”
Kayla Harris shares Gypsy, who was adopted from Animal Protection Network - Alberton. “We adopted Gypsy on the 27th of February 2017 and she really loves every minute of being in her new home. She is a perfect companion to our other Great Dane, Scar, and to us. She loves to play, gives lots of cuddles and she has easily slipped into being part of our family.”
Boesman and Nibbles
Adele Spreeth shares Nibbles (on the right), who was adopted from PETS in 2009. “After being in foster care for two months, Nibbles joined the Spreeth family. She is very protective over the family and the most loyal dog, although she does not trust strangers. She is my absolute shadow and she adores her older brother, Boesman.”
Beverley Schellings shares Tequila with us. “Tequila was rescued after she was found all alone in the middle of a road by two kind ladies. She was only a newborn and was totally dehydrated. Today she is a very happy little girl and very much part of our family. She follows us everywhere and interacts with the dogs, cats and chickens. She discovered that she could jump onto the bed and, needless to say, she still sleeps in the bed to this day. We were – and still are - besotted.”
Abbie Beyers shared her gorgeous Tom with us. “Tom is a full-blooded Kenyan. He lived on the very unforgiving streets of Nairobi for about nine years and moved in with us before our pets from SA arrived. He is about 15 now, a happy Capetonian, and acts like a boss.”
Marco Goncalves shares little Coco, adopted from Poodle Rescue South Africa. “Coco has recently joined our family and she doesn’t yet know how to show affection, as she was probably never loved as much as she is right now. It’s really sad how people have almost destroyed her life. But, every day, she’s climbing more and more out of her shell and becoming more vocal. She has a new admirer, our other miniature male poodle, Polo, and her favourite place is on our bed.”
Stefan & Marisa Louw share their pet pig, Willem, whom they saved from a life of living in a tiny chicken coop. “He joined our family and discovered the joys of rolling in mud and roaming the garden with our pack of rescued Pekingese. He grew from a tiny piglet of 3kg to around 190kg. Willem is happy and free – and, most of all, he loves cuddles from his human mom.”
Jackie Hume shares Max, whom she adopted from SPCA Assisi Humansdorp. “Max was a stray that was never claimed; after three weeks at the kennels, I adopted him. Max has adjusted so well to being home! We recently joined a dog-walking group and I think the excitement of it all was absolutely exhausting, but he’s learning a lot and has an amazing temperament. He loves other dogs, children and ALL people in general! But most of all he loves sleeping in his bed at home!”
Heidi Davies shares Toby, a stray cat that “adopted” her family five years ago. “Toby waltzed into our life on April Fool’s Day and he never left. We looked for his owners, advertised, but no one came forward. It didn’t take us long to fall head over heels in love with him and then there was no question about his staying as part of the family!”
Chilli and Zues
Sharon Hannah shares her rescue dogs Chilli (left) and Zues. “Chilli was an unclaimed stray and Zues comes from Roodepoort SPCA – and they’re a very busy pair; it can be a mission to get them standing still. We were told Chilli needed to be an only dog but he gets on famously with Zues. They love to play early morning and late at night and then behave like naughty toddlers getting caught out of bed. And when the sun’s up they sleep the morning away. They really are lovable oafs.”
Keri de Waal shares Beu, whom she adopted from SPCA Witbank. “I drove 350km to adopt Beu. He, along with his brother and their mother, was abandoned when people moved house. Beu is nicknamed “Baggins” from Lord of the Rings because he has some Munchkin in him; he has very low muscle tone and short legs and can’t jump very far. But he loves to carry toys around and is just a cuddle bunny of note.”
Ilke Hay shares Timba with us. “Timba came to us as a tiny 6-week-old with her sister, Zero. Mom was a feral cat at a hotel where my brother was working. She is a feisty, gorgeous girl, now nine years old, and she and her sister still engage in ‘sibling rivalry’ every single day. Nothing serious – Timba just can’t resist a squabble. She definitely regards herself as the ‘boss’ and even puts the dogs in their place. Scared of nothing, she’ll be walking outside amidst a huge thunderstorm and then come in casually when she feels like it.”
Rose Reynolds shares Pablo, her Mexican Crested who was adopted from The 9th Day Rehabilitation and Rehoming Centre. “Our beautiful and gentle Pablo came into our lives two years ago. We are so blessed to have him as part of our family and thank all who were involved in his rescue and rehoming.”
Angel, Juliet, and Victor
Left back is Angel, front is Juliet and right is Victor
Celeste White shares her gorgeous sibling cats Angel, Juliet, and Victor. “Meet my precious set of siblings who were a joyful accident. I was busy at work and a colleague showed me a photo of her kittens. I agreed to take one… and then ended up with three!”
Caitlin Kotze shares Kodi, who was being sold by a man at an intersection. “I basically ran away with him; he had parvo and was riddled with worms. He has since been a joy and a friend. Having suffered from depression for many years, having Kodi in my life has made all the difference.”
Lara Jean Matthews shares little Cody, whom she adopted from Trix 4 Animals. “Cody was found in Pretoria with his siblings by Trix 4 Animals. Trix went out of her way to care for and rehome all of them. She arranged his flight to Cape Town and, a week later, he arrived – and made our hearts melt. He’s my constant shadow and gives the best cuddles I could ask for. Cody is our daily dose of happiness.”
The Farm Girls pack
The Farm Girls pack from left to right: Izzie, Kinga, Edna, Maluty, Kite, Mei-Mei, Fergus, Kira, Rio, Patch and Zuki
Robyn Eshelby shares her precious pack. “This is our precious motley bunch of rescues, retirees, lap dogs, and working dogs who share our life on our small subsistence farm in Chartwell North, Johannesburg. CLAW and FORA see me coming!”
Brenda Meyer shares Lily, a Basset mix (front), who was a foster fail from her organisation, Husky Heaven Rescue; and Apache, who was adopted from the SPCA. “I have many rescues but these two are extra special; they are my lapa buddies, where I spend time with all the special rescues that come to me until they are rehabbed. Lily and Apache adore each other and love nothing more than to snooze happily together.”
Jo-Mari Rautenbach shares Bijoux, whom she adopted from Pekingese Rescue of South Africa when she was only four months old. “Bijoux is almost four years old now. She was tested last year to become a medical alert dog and she qualified for the programme. Her training started this month and in about 4-6 months she will be a qualified Diabetic Alert dog (DAD) for a Type 1 Diabetic. Soon she will have the ability to save lives on a daily basis.”
Holletjie and Kolletjie
Karen van der Westhuizen shares Holletjie & Kolletjie, her Egyptian Geese. “I rescued them from a not-so-good neighbourhood, and they were initially kept in a box in the house. Now they love walking with my dogs and chickens but also flying around in the neighbourhood. They always return to the dam that we have here on our smallholding.”
David Kotzen shares little Ziggy, whom they adopted through animal rescuer Dana Wainman. “Ziggy the Zigster was adopted 12 months ago. He loves to be held and scratched. His favourite toy in the world is a pair of socks and he isn’t happy until he has chewed a hole through the toe area. Our little boy has brought so much love to our house.”
Chantelle Murray shares Kai, who is her “foster failure” from PAWS R US (SA). “As a MBD (Medium Brown Dog), Kai is a perfect example of their wonderful personalities, resilience, and spunk. At 10 months old, she is an absolute delight; I have seldom experienced a dog as loveable as she is. She is also super bright – she learns fast and LOVES playing with her other furry friends and her rope toy.”
Carroll Dantu shares Ruskie, the chicken who was rescued from a busy street. “Ruskie is not kept in the chicken coop at all and wanders all around the garden wherever and whenever he wishes. His name is derived from Cheekie, our first special rooster who has since passed, and Russell Dickson, the wonderful gentleman who drove him across town to us.”
Penny, Tandy, and Oscar
Paulene Hardy shares her family of rescue fur kids. “Penny (Maltese Poodle-mix) was rescued from a situation of neglect and saved from being euthenised by her previous owner. I was told that Penny didn’t like cats but it wasn’t long before she and my tabby cat, Tandy, became the best of friends. I adopted Oscar the Schnauzer-mix as a friend for Penny from SPCA Assisi Humansdorp. At first he was very jumpy and nervous, confused and extremely thin; he has since put on weight and settled in wonderfully. The three of them spend much of their time together and certainly complete my family.”
Cocker Spaniel pack
Lesley-Ann Marshall shares her precious Cocker Spaniel pack with us. “On my lap is Annie, who was found as a stray in October 2014; I thought I would only be fostering her until she was reunited with her family but she was never claimed. It didn’t take long for her to find her way into my heart and she was happily accepted by my boy Cockers. Liam (right) and James got me started in the ‘business’ of rescuing Spaniels; I loved them so much that I wanted to help other Spaniels in need. Now, as one of the Directors at Spaniel Welfare SA, my motto is ‘Adopt, don’t shop’.”
Alma Schaap adopted Saphie from Animal Anti-Cruelty League Bellville. “Saphie was surrendered as a litter of four other kittens and their mommy. She was the only kitten with this colouring and everyone wanted her! I felt very connected to her from the start and, although quite a stressed cat initially, she has calmed down and now has a mind of her own… We wouldn’t want it any other way!”
Janet Cilliers shares Jasmin, who was adopted from Roodepoort SPCA. “Since adopting Jasmin, she has picked up weight and has settled in wonderfully. We are still overcoming a few challenges and she gets quite anxious when she can’t see me. She loves going in the car and enjoys sitting and gazing out of the back window. She has started dog training, not very successfully yet, I must admit (she gets so excited), but with perseverance we will get there.”
Isabel and Pinky
Lauren Námer shares her beautiful cats rescued by Kitty and Puppy Haven. “Isabel (left) came in as a rescue, along with her litter of five. Pinky is one of those babies; he has a deformed paw, so we adopted both Isabel and baby Pinky. That was seven years ago. They are gorgeous and very much loved and adored.”
Jesslynn Schlamm shares Bear, whom she adopted from GSP Rescue SA. “Bear was our first-ever rescue – and first-ever ‘senior’ dog (at the wise age of eight). Adopting him was an overwhelming experience at first but has been so rewarding. He’s such a gentle, patient soul, yet his inner puppy comes out when he goes on his walks, swims in the sea, and plays tug-of-war with us and his one-year-old ‘brother’. I feel so privileged that beautiful Bear has grown to trust and love us the way that he does. It’s like no one else existed before us, and I treasure that every day. We love our Bear-face!”
Elmarie van der Walt shares Charlie, who was rescued by Hellen – Working in the Community and adopted through Boxer Rescue SA. “Charlie is entertaining and fun-loving; he sees a potential game in everything. He absolutely loves interaction with humans and gets so excited when friends come to visit – he welcomes them with a toy in his mouth, hoping to play. Truly, he is the life and soul of our home.”
Jane Askew shares Shanti, a previously feral cat who took up residence in her garden. “A spitting, fighting feral a year ago and today, a purring girl who loves her chin tickled, her tummy scruggled, and cuddling with her bear. We have finally found the right name for her, Shanti – it means ‘Peace’, which she has found at last.”
Katie Hoy shares Shiloh, whom she recently adopted from TEARS. “Shiloh is a handsome white wolf mix who was rescued as a terrified stray. It has been amazing to see how, with love, he has grown in confidence and flourished. We have an amazing bond and both our lives have been changed forever – and for the better.”
Amy Corlett shares Gizmo, adopted from FORA many years ago. “We got Gizmo when he was just a tiny little fluff ball and he was very scared. It took him a few days to adjust and he’s been a ball of energy ever since. Don’t let this picture fool you; he is a cheeky kitty who thinks of himself as more of a dog than a cat. Gizmo adopted my son, Matthew, as his favourite human and follows him wherever he goes. FORA kitties are just the best!”
Patrick and Chalyne Franck share their “boy child”, Levi, who was adopted from Spaniel Rescue SA. “Levi is a rescue who had sadly been abandoned at five-and-a-half years old. After having recently lost our dear old blind Cocker Spaniel, Rufes, we were happy to foster Levi.
We made all the rookie mistakes that the text book warns against but Levi forgave us and, after a month or so, he decided to stay. All he needed was some love. He still suffers from separation anxiety, so good-byes are never easy but he has improved tremendously in the space of a year. So, we failed horribly as foster parents but are now the proud forever parents of a playful, loveable, energetic Spaniel who is enjoying a new lease on life.”
Megan Bayne shares Chester, whom she adopted from Lucky Lucy Foundation. “The minute I laid eyes on him and saw his lanky body with all his scars and his absolute fear of everything, I knew he was my soulmate. It took a year of helping him to overcome his many fears but it was so worth it. He is my biggest baby (at 31kgs) and a right ol’ mommy’s boy. I adopted him when I was going through severe depression and so we ended up rescuing each other.”
Lisa O’Neill shares Dusty, adopted from FORA when she was only nine weeks old. “Dusty is now nine years old and I couldn’t have asked for a better doggy; she is intelligent, cuddly, gentle, and has the sweetest nature. She has loads of teddy bears and even knows each of them by name! I trained her fully from nine weeks old and she knows 40 words. Thank you FORA for this beautiful blessing of mine.”
Thea van Steenderen shares little Cheeky, whom she adopted from AWS PE. “I fell in love with Cheeky instantly and was thrilled when, the very next day, she came home to start her life with us. She is my constant companion, my bedfellow, my walking partner, my spoilt little angel – she has given me so much love! She is the love of my life.”
Hilette Hatting shares her most recent furry family member, a precious Chinchilla named Nina. “Her original owner was emigrating and couldn’t find a home for this special old lady. Our hearts melted when we first saw a photo of her and she is even more spectacular in real life. At ten years old, Nina is a sweetheart with a purr that can give a John Deere tractor a go. Nina is already playing and stealing hearts and kisses wherever she goes. She has settled in nicely and completes our little family of special needs rescue cats.”
Charlie Newcombe shares Varga, whom he adopted from Garden Route’s Wolf Sanctuary (she was too tame and her life would have been in danger to stay there with the wolves). “Varga has been my absolute gift and a dream come true. Having had her for two years now it has become very clear that she is not your average dog. I strongly support the advice given by those in the know: don’t take on a wolf in a typical suburban environment.” Photo credit: Peter Schreiber www.peterschreiber.com
Lisa Marie McIntyre shares Picasso, who was adopted from Fisantekraal Animal Welfare. “When we saw (then only a puppy) Picasso’s post on Facebook, we instantly fell in love. He is loyal, goofy and gentle to a fault. Although a cross-breed, he displays all the Great Dane behavioural characteristics like leaning and landscaping. We jokingly refer to him as our “teacup Dane” because he is significantly smaller than a pure-bred Dane. He has enriched our lives immeasurably and continues to do so daily.”
Karin Heydenrych shares Storm, who was adopted from AACL Bellville, pictured here with her daughter, Chloe. “Storm is clever, active and of course the ‘most beautiful’ boy adored by us all. He loves cuddles and thinks he is a small lap dog, sleeping in Chloe’s arms every night. He will protect her with his life; they are inseparable!”
Pierrette Groenewald shares Malachi who she adopted from Persian Cat Rescue - Johannesburg. “Mia, our daughter, shared Malachi’s Facebook post; the minute I saw his eyes I knew he had to join our family. We are so happy that he is ours to love and care for. He is such a loving special boy.”
Kerry Nash shares little Rupert who was adopted from Trix for Animals. “He is famous for his giant bat ears that we think are created by Chihuahua-Dachshund genes. His favourite games are chasing dragonflies and scratching whoever is nearby until he gets a cuddle. He also does an adorable toothy smile to welcome us home.”
Joanne Lefson shares her precious Pigcasso and Bennie Bluff, both rescues, the former from a typically horrendous pig production ‘farm’, the latter adopted from AACL Bellville. “They love the sweet things in life: eating, sleeping, and heading out into the great outdoors. Together, they inspire compassion for farm animals and the benefits of dog adoption. Role models, savouring the scenic Blouberg Beach in Cape Town. It’s a dog’s …errr, hog’s life after all!”
Zilla Brown shares little Muffin, adopted from Animal Welfare Society Port Elizabeth. “With Muffin, love abounds; she is such a special part of my life. She is my companion and my joy, and is loved by all who meet her. I will never know her history but am so glad I could change her world - and she mine.”
Kayleigh-Jean Legge shares little Mia Muis, a tiny stray kitten who is now another failed foster child. “Although she is only 8 weeks young, she brings such love and laughter to our home!”
Sade Kapp shares Baby Jane aka Bobbejaantjie, adopted from AACL Bellville. “Baby Jane is a real cry baby if she doesn’t get what she wants but also a clown who loves to entertain both humans and animals. There is never a dull moment with our Bobbejaantjie; she is adored by all.”
Tatum Edwards shares Sugar, adopted from FORA in January 2016. “At only 5 months old when we got her, Sugar was terrified of humans and dogs; she hid in the garden and wouldn’t come near anyone. I can't even begin to imagine what her early life was like. It's been an amazing journey for my family and she’s become a gentle, loving, playful, amazing creature that taught us many lessons in starting over. We can't imagine life without her.
Smaragda Louw shares Bastian who was rescued from the streets of Trikala, Greece. “Trikala has a shelter where I volunteer whenever I visit. While having dinner one evening, I saw a stray dog limp past holding one leg up. I tried - unsuccessfully - to feed him, then just picked him up and called the kind girls running the shelter who came to fetch us. The vet found a huge thorn in his leg; he also had torn cruciate ligaments – probably from being hit by a car – and he still has a limp. He stayed at the shelter for a few months while I made arrangements for him to come home to South Africa.
Bastian joined our family almost four years ago as a traumatised, scared street dog. He ran away when he saw a broom, whimpered in the corner when there were loud noises, and avoided strangers.
Now he walks in the park every day, doesn’t even register when a broom is used, loves humans, and goes to Cape Town for holidays. My Greek God - the love of my life.
Craig and Sam Jenson share their beloved sheep named Rock-O. “Rock-O was one of triplets. Sheep have only 2 teats and, as he was very small compared to his siblings, and weak, he had no chance of survival. Our good friend and animal rescuer, Marizanne Ferreira, jumped to the rescue; once in her care, he spent most of his time either resting on her chest or hanging out with her Pit Bull, Yanka. He followed Yanka everywhere and even tried to suckle from her! After 4 weeks, he was strong enough to come back home but the bond between him and Yanka remains firm.”
Doretha's fur kid pack
Doretha Kapp shares her sleeping arrangement for her precious fur kid pack. “We've tried to foster but failed most of the times. Our life is definitely more colourful than other households! Good planning and discipline are important to keep my pack happy and confident; feeding time is always at the same time and everyone has his own spot where they eat and sleep. Of course everyone sleeps in our room - morning cuddles are so precious. We try to give them the attention they request but some of them obviously just want to be in your arms 24-7. I cannot imagine my life without my rescue fur kids.”
Bianca Thompson shares Kimba, adopted from Kloof SPCA. “Kimba was rescued from a drug bust in Kloof and is now two years old. We think she is an American Bulldog. She is now ‘paying it forward’ and is a Project Dog foster mom. She has never had a litter of her own but mothers and protects each and every pup I bring home and even helps my adult fosters settle in. Recently she chased two burglars out of my house. She is truly an amazing girl.”
Richard Stroebel shares Charlie, adopted through Pit Pals. “Charlie is an amazing dog. I waited a long time to adopt the right one and when Charlie came along, he completely stole my heart. I didn’t just want a dog, I wanted a best friend - a companion - and Charlie is all that and more. He filled that big gap in my life.”
Kim Wener shares Daisy, adopted from African Tails by her sister-in-law, Monique Wener. “Daisy is an angel and she loves her new environment. Thanks to Lauren at African Tails who made the adoption process easy; we were happy to be able to find Daisy a loving home.”
Robyn Bronkhorst shares Demarco, her rescued Pit Bull whom she fostered after he was abandoned by his owners. “One look at that face and I was hooked. But he came with his own set of issues and I must be honest at one point I thought, ‘I can't do this.’ But, with sound advice, a lot of patience and loads of love, this unwanted boy has become the light of my life. Demarco is the most amazingly loving guy and I could not see my life without him in it.”
Linda Scrace of FORA shares Einstein (who turned out to be a girl). “I got her as a wobbly gosling. I really didn’t think she was going to make it through the first day… But she did, and seven-and-a-half years later, she’s still part of the crazy crew here and loved by everyone.”
Suné van Rhyn shares her BFF, Stoney, who was adopted from Dassenberg Horse Rescue Centre. “Stoney and I love playing together or just cuddling when we are both tired. Stoney shares the love of our family with his ‘mom’, Pit Bull Shiloh. And we live next door to granny, who has a Boxer and a Boston Terrier, so they are all one happy dog family.”
Naomi Weir and her partner, Doron Shmaryahu, found Ozzy abandoned alone in a drain outside their office on the Foreshore in December 2013. “The vet thought he was about 12 weeks old. He has been the most wonderful addition to our family and, while he gives our other cats a run for their money, has settled in very nicely.”
Doret Weber shares Sid, whom she adopted from PETS Johannesburg. “Most people think their dogs are the most amazing creatures ever... and to me Sid is the best dog in the whole, wide world! He has a quiet presence and, although he is naughty (still digging), and has a mind of his own, I am totally besotted and just cannot get enough of his frosty face.”
Jill Burrows shares Sydney, who was unwanted and unwelcomed by other dogs in her previous home. “My husband’s colleague had put up a poster at work and, of course, Mike jumped to her rescue. It is a match made in heaven, and she is much loved in our home.”
Zelda Wiltshire adopted three-legged Marley, pictured with her son’s girlfriend, Ricky-Lee Taylor. “It was love at first sight when I saw Marley’s post on Facebook and I simply had to adopt him. Ricky and Marley have a very special bond and, when left to their own devices in the car, they love to take selfies. Marley is an awesome little dog whom we love very much.”
Tess Miles and her “heartdog”, Bruno, adopted through the German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue SA. “Bruno was a rescue from Gauteng and I fell in love when I first saw him on their Facebook page. We live on a farm in KZN, near Wartburg, together with my horse, Gaza.”
Bernice Hammond’s seven-year-old Pit Bull, Shahna, was rescued as a pup with her litter mates from a very poor area south of Johannesburg in 2008. “She is my personal little Mother Theresa of Pit Bulls and the joy of my life!”
Deliene Myburg shares Uno, who was picked up by someone in a garbage bin at Game Stores in Louis Trichardt. “Uno was only two weeks old; her eyes were badly infected and she could not open them. With love and care she healed and now she loves cuddles! She also plays big sis to our newest rescue.”
Riley is Mandy Robinson from Spaniel Rescue SA’s foster failure. “Although a happy, healthy family member, poor Riley has never forgotten what it feels like to starve, so he is forever nicking food. He opens the fridge door, pushes chairs to the kitchen counter, and will even grab the kids’ lunches out of their lunchboxes if no one is looking.”
Stella and Coco
Stella, left, with Coconut
Annemarie de Beer shows off little Stella, adopted from Wellington SPCA, and Coconut, adopted from CHAIN Boland, with us. “They are inseparable, but Stella runs to Mommy and tells if Coconut does anything wrong. We love them to bits.”
Erin Herbst adopted chestnut handsome boy, Louis Phillipe, from WCET (Western Cape Equine Trust). “Louis Phillipe is the most gentle giant and he has brought light into my life again. I treasure every moment with him! He learns new things every day, and so do I. I’m so excited for our future, to experience new things with him, and to watch us grow together. Working with Louis and all the great people from the Western Cape Equine Trust has changed my life forever!”
Yvette Wilde shares Mowgli, her ‘Lambrador’. “He was rescued when he was only four hours old. And now he’s a firm member of our pack of six dogs that reside inside happily together in our household.”
Sebastian van't Hoff adores his rescued cat, named Mixi, whom he adopted from Midrand SPCA as a tiny kitten. “Not much work gets done when Mixi’s around but, at 19, she is the boss.”
Lezell Elizabeth-Ann Smal shares little RooRoo with us. “I rescued RooRoo from Richards Bay when she was only four weeks old and had been abandoned with her brother. She has been with me for over three years now and is the little miracle in my life. Life has been amazing with her because she taught me companionship, friendship, affection, and unconditional love and strength. She has been my rock in the worst of times and I don’t go anywhere without her. She is truly my best friend.”
Trix Stathakis shares her precious Pug, Vegas, adopted from Pug Rescue South Africa. “She’s turning five and we got her at eight weeks old. She’s a strange-looking Pug as she doesn’t have the complete black mask and also her legs are very short like a Pekingese and her stance is like a Bulldog. She’s my life, my heart, my everything. I have created a bond with her that I never knew could exist between a human and an animal.”
Wilfred Greyling shares ‘large and in charge’ Mr Holmes. “One of our drivers returned from a delivery in Diepsloot only to find Mr Holmes had made a bid for freedom by hiding in his van. His inquisitive nature made his name a no-brainer and now we can’t remember life without him.”
Claire D’Oliveira shares little Toady, who was adopted from Roodepoort SPCA. “This magnificent beast is called Toadwart, because she looks like the ugly little ogre! She is a wire-haired Daschund-Terrier-mix, and holds her own with the big dogs. Such a huge character, in such a teeny body.”
Monique Bentall shares Nina. “Nina's mother, Jezebel, had seven gorgeous puppies, including my Nina. She’s an amazing dog – very naughty at times, with a mind of her own, but she loves to be loved. My two ten-year-old Maltese-mix dogs just love her (although they put her in her place when needed). Nina loves the couch and so enjoys her walks and trips in the car.” PS: Nina’s mother and siblings all found forever homes too.
Lizelle Cloete shares little Lexi, adopted from the SPCA. “I immediately fell in love with her as a pup, but we weren’t looking for a dog then – and I thought she’d find a new home in no time. I couldn’t believe it when she was still there at five-and-a-half months old. We decided to adopt her – and how happy I am that we did! She is the cleverest little dog, our alarm system, friends with all animals and humans and has never been sick a day in her life. I wish people would give mixed breeds a chance: you’ll be pleasantly surprised!”
Tanja Sentefol shares Daisy, adopted from SPCA Windhoek. “Madame Daisy’s paw prints have awoken my soul in so many ways. Timid little character she was, but with a bit of love and affection she grew into a beautiful and confident dog. I’ve never seen a dog more thankful for love (and treats) than a rescued one. You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it, so open your heart to this special ‘breed’ – you’ll never look back.”