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How safe are adopted animals with their new owners?

Although we do our utmost to ensure that the people who adopt our rescued animals are appropriate new owners, we are always left with a niggling doubt as to how safe our animals actually are. A very worrying incident occurred last year which we would like to share with you. About five years ago we homed a beautiful dog to a couple, who came to adopt a second dog a year later. During follow-up conversations, they were full of praise for both dogs and we assumed that all was well and that no news was good news.

CHRISTMAS DAY 25 December 2015. Two good rescues: 4 kittens & Monique with her surviving 6 puppies, born on Christmas Day

SADNESS AND RESCUE ON CHRISTMAS DAY 25 December 2015. "UNTIL HE EXTENDS THE CIRCLE OF HIS COMPASSION TO ALL LIVING THINGS, MAN WILL NOT HIMSELF FIND PEACE." Albert Schweitzer: Philosophy of Civilisation. Morris, who is one of our Kennel Assistants at Adopt-a-Pet alerted us to the plight of a mother dog whose owner had died. On Christmas Day, the mom dog whom we have since named Michelle, had given birth to 10 beautiful puppies in the gutter of a very busy road outside an informal settlement. Our usual helper could not be reached and the police could not help.


NEVER BEFORE SINCE ITS FORMATION IN 2002 HAS ADOPT-A-PET EXPERIENCED SUCH A SHORTAGE OF DONATIONS OF DRY DOG FOOD. We need 75 kgs of dry dog food daily. We also have increasingly high veterinary costs due to the many animals coming from dire circumstances which need to be treated, sterilised, rehabilitated, microchipped and rehomed. We also run two highly successful Humane Education and Youth Enrichment Programmes with learners from high risk areas. We receive no official funding whatsoever. We practise a "pro-life" policy. Adopt-a-Pet is registered as a Non Profit Company. The reg.

There are many ways to help Adopt-a-Pet. You are invited to volunteer at our shelter.

We are inviting members of the public to volunteer at our shelter. For example, we need people to walk our dogs, interact with and socialise our puppies and cuddle our cats. If you are up to it we always need assistance with handiman work, tidying up, fixing kennels and other odd jobs. Donations of dry dog and dry cat food as well as cat litter, polar fleece blankets, moulded plastic dog beds (the dogs chew up the soft beds), kennels and stainless steel water and food bowls are ALWAYS URGENTLY NEEDED . Also leads and collars for dogs and cat collars.

In early September to celebrate the start of Spring we will have the official opening of our new cattery.

Attention cat lovers, in early September to celebrate the start of Spring, we will have the official opening of our new cattery. More details soon. In the meantime, why don't you view our beautiful cats up for adoption and give a rescued cat a second chance at life? We need to make room to rescue others whose lives are in danger and who are waiting in the wings. We can also be contacted on 021 465-4560 in the evenings between 19h00 and 20h30.


We apologise to our supporters for our website being down for about two weeks. The good news is that the website is up and running again and we will be uploading many new photos soon of beautiful dogs and cats needing responsible and caring owners. We can also be contacted in the evenings between 19h00 and 20h30 on 021 465-4560.

Thank you to all the kind people who are helping Adopt-a-Pet with our shelter that is finally starting to take shape.

It has been a real slog to get our new rented premises into shape since we moved to Schaapkraal in March 2014. But thanks to our amazing volunteers and staff, the place is starting to look so much better. Our dogs and cats are settling in well and we have a large selection of lovely dogs, puppies and cats for adoption. So we are looking forward to many phone calls from you looking to adopt a special animal. This will create space for us to rescue more destitute animals waiting for loving and responsible new custodians who will give them a second chance at life.

IS THERE AN ALTERNATIVE TO VIOLENCE? An incident on 20th March 2015.

YESTERDAY Adopt-a-Pet went to fetch a cat for sterilisation belonging to a kind person, who lives in a high risk area. After collecting the cat, someone pointed out a dog in a dreadful condition urgently in need of help. There was no owner in sight and as our assistant was putting the dog in our rescue van, a man appeared out of nowhere claiming to be the owner shouting that his dog was being stolen. Our assistant pointed out that his dog was at death's door from starvation and disease and admonished him for not looking after the dog.

The terrible tragedy of lost pets whose careless owners do not ensure they can be identified..

After the 10th phone call and email today, I have to sound off about those negligent pet owners who have lost their animals simply because they are too indifferent to ensure their animals can be identified. Just like a very young lost child, dogs and cats cannot speak and tell anyone who has found a lost animal who their owner is, where they live and why they ended up on the streets. They are plain and simply lost.


EXPERIENCED SUPERVISOR NEEDED AT ADOPT-A-PET: PRO-LIFE dog & cat rescue, rehab and adoption organisation situated in the Ottery Area. Requirements: Four days a week Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Plus public holidays. 8:30-13h00 & 14h00 - 17h00.
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