ADOPT-A-PET IS SETTLING INTO ITS NEW PREMISES

ADOPT-A-PET IS SETTLING INTO ITS NEW PREMISES SINCE OUR DIFFICULT MOVE AT THE END OF FEBRUARY. THE KENNELS AND RUNS ARE TAKING SHAPE AND WE ARE RACING TO COMPLETE THEM BEFORE THE RAINS START. WE HAVE BEEN VERY ENCOURAGED BY THE MANY ANIMALS WHO HAVE BEEN ADOPTED SINCE WE MOVED IN - PEOPLE SEEM VERY KEEN TO VISIT OUR NEW PLACE AND WE ARE HAPPY THAT THE DOGS AND CATS HAVE MUCH LARGER KENNELS AND EXERCISE AREAS THAN THOSE IN MILNERTON WHICH WE HAD LONG OUTGROWN. IT HAS BEEN A VERY COSTLY MOVE, ESPECIALLY SINCE THERE WAS VERY LITTLE INFRASTRUCTURE AVAILABLE - WE KNOW THAT THIS DOES NOT MAKE BUSINESS SENSE AS WE ARE RENTING THE PREMISES, BUT WE HAD LITTLE OPTION. WE WERE GIVEN THREE MONTHS' NOTICE AT THE MOST DIFFICULT TIME OF THE YEAR - OVER THE HOLIDAY SEASON OR THE "SILLY SEASON" WHEN EVERYTHING COMES TO A STOP IN CAPE TOWN. OUR LANDLORD IS A VERY HELPFUL AND FRIENDLY MAN WHO HAS HELPED US CONSIDERABLY TO SET UP AND BUILD OUR KENNELS AND OUR ANIMALS ARE HAPPY. AFTER A MONTH AND A HALF, THERE IS STILL A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE, FOR EXAMPLE, WE DO NOT HAVE TOILET FACILITIES AND WE HAD TO HIRE TWO CHEMICAL TOILETS, FRESH TAP WATER HAS TO BE CARRIED IN BUCKETS AS WE DO NOT WANT TO USE BOREHOLE WATER FOR DRINKING. WE DO NOT YET HAVE WATER CONNECTIONS FOR OUR WASHING MACHINE SO ALL WASHING IS DONE BY HAND AND OUR CLEANERS HAVE TO SHARE THEIR OVERNIGHT LIVING SPACE WITH OUR OFFICE AND CATTERY. IT IS ALL RATHER ROUGH AND READY, BUT THE DOGS AND CATS ARE WELL CARED FOR, THE AIR IS FRESH AND THE VIEWS OF THE CABBAGE FARMS ARE VAST AND SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT FROM CITY LIFE. DESIREE, ONE OF OUR SUPERVISORS, HAS STARTED A SMALL GARDEN IN FRONT OF OUR "OFFICE" WHERE OUR TWO SUPERVISORS SPEND THEIR LUNCH HOUR AL FRESCO. MOST IMPORTANTLY WE ARE ADOPTING OUT MANY MORE ANIMALS. OUR VOLUNTEERS FROM FACTRETON AND FROM SWEET HOME FARM VISIT US AND HELP US REGULARLY. WE DON'T HAVE FUNDS IN THE BANK OR UNDERFLOOR HEATING, BUT WE DON'T HAVE A DEATH BLOCK AND THERE IS A GOOD VIBE. WE ARE CONSTANTLY REMINDED THAT THIS IS AFRICA (TIA) AFTER ALL AND WE ARE PRIVILEGED TO BE PART OF IT. WE EXTEND A HUGE AND SINCERE THANK YOU TO ALL OUR WONDERFUL SUPPORTERS WHO HELPED WITH THE MOVE AND WHO CONTINUE TO HELP IN SO MANY WAYS. THANK YOU DESIREE FOR LITERALLY GOING THE EXTRA MILE (KILOMETRE) AND TO ALL OUR CLEANING STAFF FOR YOUR HELP. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO WELCOME MICHELLE WHOM WE KNOW WILL MAKE A BIG CONTRIBUTION TO ADOPT-A-PET. WE WOULD APPRECIATE DONATIONS OF THE FOLLOWING FROM WELL-WISHERS, SPONSOR A STERILISATION OF A DOG OR CAT, A PLUMBER TO CONNECT UP OUR WASHING MACHINE, KENNELS AND WENDY HOUSES FOR OUR DOGS THAT DON'T LEAK (urgent), WIRE TO ENCLOSE OUR OUTDOOR CAT GARDEN WHICH LEADS OFF FROM OUR CATTERY, LEADS HARNESSES AND COLLARS, BIG WATER BOWLS (NOT BLACK IN COLOUR), POLAR FLEECE BLANKETS FOR THE WINTER, DOG, PUPPY, CAT AND KITTEN FOOD, OVERALLS AND WELLINGTON BOOTS FOR OUR STAFF, ANTI-FLEA AND TICK PRODUCTS, SPONSORS FOR OUR CLEANERS' SALARIES, VIBRACRETE SLABS AND POSTS, GALVANISED STEEL WIRE FOR OUR KENNELS, SHADE-CLOTH, CEMENT AND SAND FOR SLABS AND SECURING THE WIRE INTO THE GROUND SO THAT THE DOGS CANT DIG UNDER, SHEETS (SINGLE AND FOR A MATTRESS 150CMS) PILLOWS, BLANKETS AND TOWELS FOR OUR THREE CLEANERS WHO SLEEP ON THE PREMISE, A BUNK BED WITH ONE BED ABOVE THE OTHER AND MATTRESSES TO FIT, CORRUGATED IRON ROOFING (WITHOUT HOLES PLEASE), A VOLUNTARY DRIVER TO COLLECT AND DELIVER, TAKE ANIMALS TO VETS, RESCUE ANIMALS IN DISTRESS, ETC., SPONSORS TO HELP TOWARDS OUR RENT AND VET BILLS. SPONSORS FOR THE WORKMENS' SALARIES WHO ARE BUILDING OUR KENNELS, VOLUNTEERS TO WALK AND INTERACT WITH OUR ANIMALS, STAINLESS STEEL FOOD AND WATER BOWLS, MOPS, HARD BROOMS, DISINFECTION PRODUCTS FOR FLOORS, DISH WASHING, BLANKET WASHING - THE LIST IS ENDLESS. IN FACT, ANYTHING IS WELCOME. IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING USEFUL THAT YOU HAVEN'T USED IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS, THINK OF DONATING IT TO ADOPT-A-PET. THANK YOU.