Light and Life – Lucy and Zoe

10th Nov, 2021

Lucy (Chihuahua), Karin and Zoe (Staffie x Boerboel)

Written by Carika Roux – Treasurer SPCA Witbank

Professional photography by 1 on One Photography

We at SPCA Witbank believe that every animal entering our doors deserves a second chance, but sadly that’s not always possible. However, once again we were able to turn a super-sad story into a happy ending!

Lucy and Zoe were found abandoned at a property – we’re not sure how long they were without food and water. It was heartbreaking to see the two little bodies that arrived at our kennels; even more heartbreaking to see them eating their first meal after so long.

Zoe was so skinny that we couldn’t tell what breed she was. It seems as though she was used for breeding and had had several litters in her life. She turned out to be a beautiful Staffie X who loves to smile and say cheese!

Lucy and Zoe were inseparable, and we prayed and hoped for them to be adopted together.

Once they’d gained weight and their appearance improved, the exciting journey to take photos for their adoption posts began. We wrote stories and shared their Facebook post several times, but without one single enquiry.

Finally, committee member Karin Coomer decided to give Lucy a chance.

After more than two weeks, while her sister was settling in at home with Karin, Zoe was still sitting in the kennels with no interest shown in her or a home offer. Her time was running out; with the number of animals coming to the SPCA, we, sadly, can’t keep animals for months on end. (It’s also not fair towards the animals as they tend to develop kennel stress after a while.)

But then Karin said that Lucy seemed to miss her sister, and she was considering adopting Zoe too. We were overjoyed! Zoe was so happy to get in the car, leave the centre and be reunited with her sister!

Lucy’s name means “Light” and Zoe’s name means “Abundant Life”. Zoe was named after a friend’s daughter who’d passed a few years ago – what better way to have her legend live on than in our Zoe.

Karin Coomer, Lucy and Zoe’s new owner, shares…

Growing up on a farm surrounded by various animals, my compassion for animals – especially disabled and rejected animals – was instilled at an early age.

My first blind cat was the start. Over the years, I’ve had three-legged dogs, one-eyed ones, and dogs with mental and nerve problems and various other health problems. Even a calf with a deformed back leg! PTS was never an option, and all of them turned out to be the most loyal and loving animals.

A breast cancer survivor, I was saved by God not to become anybody special or remarkable, but to pay it forward to those in need, especially those without a voice.

When I saw Lucy at the SPCA, so vulnerable and fragile, I decided to adopt her. I later discovered that Lucy is deaf, but she’s coping well with our made-up sign language. She’s such a clever girl. However, she was pining for something. She and my dogs were getting on well, but something was lacking in Lucy’s life.

During a fundraiser at the SPCA, I took my son to see Zoe, who’d been abandoned with Lucy – he immediately agreed that I must adopt her too.

My friend Liz Oberholzer was caring so well for Zoe – the love between them was amazing – but Zoe’s time was running out. She had severe kennel stress, and although Liz assisted with that, it was evident that she needed a permanent solution – and fast.

Zoe came home with me and witnessing Lucy’s reaction was heartwarming; it was like a light started shining in Lucy’s eyes. Her friend and hearing guide was back with her.

Initially, both Lucy and Zoe had me running to the vet almost daily with various little health problems, but their infections are now under control and they’re both sterilised. Today, they’re happy, healthy dogs with amazing appetites. Lucy weighed 2kgs when I brought her home – she was just a sack of bones. Now, after just two weeks, she’s a healthy 3.35 kg. Zoe was overbred, or perhaps the owners just didn’t care about how many times she got pregnant. Now, she’s so content knowing that she’s loved and cared for.

As I live alone, Lucy and Zoe have become my best friends and family. They love my friends, children and grandchildren and have adapted to the household so well, especially with me serving as their housekeeper.

I don’t need anything more in my life: they provide more love, loyalty and protection than anyone can give, sloppy kisses and all.

I intend to move to the West Coast in the Cape when I retire, and I can’t wait to give Lucy and Zoe a wonderful life, running freely on the beach, digging in the sand, and living a carefree happy doggy life.

God knows just when one needs a dog to complete a person. I was doubly blessed with Lucy and Zoe!

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