URGENT UPDATE: 8 FEBRUARY 2014: RE FINDING A NEW HOME FOR ADOPT-A-PET'S RESCUE SHELTER

8 FEBRUARY 2014 UPDATE: IT HAS BEEN A TOUGH FEW WEEKS AT ADOPT-A-PET AFTER WE WERE GIVEN NOTICE BY OUR LANDLORD TO VACATE THE PREMISES WE HAVE OCCUPIED FOR 12 YEARS. DURING THE "SILLY SEASON" NOBODY WAS INTERESTED TO ASSIST US FIND NEW PREMISES, NOW ON 8 FEBRUARY 2014, WE HAVE FOUND TEMPORARY PREMISES AND ARE WORKING OUR GUTS OUT TO BUILD NEW EXERCISE AREAS FOR OUR BELOVED DOGS AND TO PROVIDE A SANCTUARY FOR OUR CATS BEFORE THE DEADLINE OF 28 FEBRUARY. IF THERE ARE ANY KIND PEOPLE OUT THERE READING THIS, WE WOULD APPRECIATE ANY ASSISTANCE WITH THE FOLLOWING AS TIME IS SHORT AND OUR STRESS LEVELS ARE HIGH. 1. WELDED MESH 2,5 METRES HIGH FOR ERECTNG 10 RUNS, EACH 10M X 3 METRES IN SIZE, PLUS A GATE, SIDE POSTS, DROPPERS, BINDING WIRE , CEMENT AND SAND (WE HAVE STONES), SHADECLOTH ETC. 2. KENNELS AND/OR WENDY HOUSES TO ACCOMMODATE 2-3 DOGS PER RUN. 3. FITTING OUT OUR CATTERY. 4. HELP WITH PLUMBING, FOR EXAMPLE, A SINK TO WASH THE FOOD AND WATER BOWLS, A BATH FOR WASHING THE DOGS AND PLUMBING CONNECTIONS, A SHOWER AND TOILET FOR OUR CLEANERS WHO WILL LIVE ON THE PREMISES. 5. STORAGE SPACE FOR BLANKETS,BOWLS, MEDICINES, DOG AND CAT FOOD. 6. TWO BEDS FOR OUR CLEANERS AND CUPBOARDS FOR THEIR CLOTHES. 7. LABOUR FOR THE ABOVE AND FOR DISMANTLING OUR 4 WENDY HOUSES AND ERECTING THEM AT THE NEW PREMISES, ALSO FOR DISMANTLING THE WIRE RUNS, POLES AND ROOF SHEETING AT TH EOLD PREMISES AND ERECTING THEM AT THE NEW PREMISES. 8. TRANSPORT FOR (7) ABOVE AND FOR MOVING OUR DOGS, CATS, WASHING MACHINE AND OTHER EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES TO THE NEW PREMISES. PLEASE PHONE 021 465-4560 IN THE EVENINGS IF YOU CAN HELP IN ANY WAY OR EMAIL US AT darg@icon.co.za . THANK YOU FOR READING THIS MESSAGE. ORIGINAL MESSAGE POSTED ON 19 JANUARY 2014: ADOPT-A-PET IS STILL LOOKING FOR A SUITABLE PLACE WHERE IT CAN RELOCATE BEFORE THE DEADLINE OF 28 FEB 2014. WE HAVE URGENTLY BEEN EXPLORING VARIOUS OPTIONS WHERE TO GO, BUT TO DATE, NONE OF THE PLACES HAVE BEEN SUITABLE. FOR EXAMPLE, TOO EXPENSIVE, TOO FAR AWAY FOR THE PUBLIC TO ACCESS THE PREMISES, OR IN AREAS WHICH THE PUBLIC WOULD NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE TO VISIT. WE HAVE A LARGE SUPPORT BASE, MANY VOLUNTEERS AND LOTS OF SUCCESS WITH OUR ADOPTIONS AND WE WANT TO CONTINUE WITH OUR GOOD WORK. SINCE MARCH 2011, WE HAVE BEEN INTRICATELY INVOLVED WITH OUR TWO YOUTH ENRICHMENT PROGRAMMES WORKING WITH YOUTH AT RISK WITH HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES WHICH NEED TO BE CONTINUED. AS WE ONLY HAVE LESS THAN SIX WEEKS TO FIND AN APPROPRIATE PLACE. WE ARE THEREFORE APPEALING TO THE PUBLIC, TO LET US KNOW AND FIND A PERMANENT PLACE. MANY THANKS FOR READING THIS. THE LANDLORD FROM WHOM WE RENT OUR KENNELS IN MILNERTON, HAS YESTERDAY GIVEN US THREE MONTHS NOTICE TO VACATE THE PREMISES BY THE END OF FEBRUARY 2014, AFTER 12 YEARS. WHILE THE DISRUPTION OF OUR DAILY WORK WILL BE SEVERE, WE ALSO VIEW IT AS A POSSIBLE "BLESSING IN DISGUISE" AS WE HAVE LONG OUTGROWN THE SPACE ALLOCATED TO US AND HAVE HAD TO BOARD OUR EXTRA ANIMALS AT CONSIDERABLE COST AT PRIVATE BOARDING FACILITIES. WE WOULD APPRECIATE ANY SUGGESTIONS FROM PEOPLE WHO MAY HAVE SUITABLE PROPERTY TO RENT OR TO BUY AT A REASONABLE PRICE, KINDLY TO CONTACT US AT 021 465-4560 BETWEEN 19H00 AND 20H30. ADOPT-A-PET IS EXPERIENCING UNPRECEDENTED SUPPORT FOR OUR YOUTH ENRICHMENT PROGRAMMES WHICH SHOW HOW ANIMALS AND NATURE CAN CHANGE PEOPLES' PERCEPTIONS RESULTING IN A MORE COMPASSIONATE AND EMPATHETIC ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY, ENCOMPASSING BOTH ANIMALS AND PEOPLE IN NEED. WE URGENLY REQUIRE A SECURE AND PERMANENT BASE FROM WHICH TO CARRY OUT OUR WORK.