15 JUNE 2014. BIG PROGRESS AT ADOPT-A-PET. YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US IN CREATING A VERY SPECIAL PLACE

WE ARE HAPPY TO REPORT THAT MANY OF OUR NEW LARGE KENNELS AND EXERCISE AREAS ARE UP AND RUNNING.THE DOGS APPEAR TO BE VERY HAPPY IN THEIR NEW SURROUNDINGS AND ARE ALERT AND INTERESTED IN THEIR NEW ENVIRONMENT. OUR LANDLORD HAS PROIVDED TREES FOR OUR KENNELS AND FOR THE LENGTH OF OUR DRIVEWAY WHICH WILL CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS PROVIDING SHADE IN THE SUMMER MONTHS. WE ARE HEARTENED BY THE POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND FROM OUR SUPPORTERS ABOUT THE ACHIEVEMENTS AT OUR NEW SHELTER IN SUCH A SHORT TIME. THERE HAVE BEEN AND STILL ARE MANY CHALLENGES - BUT OUR ENTHUSIASM HASN'T BEEN DAMPENED. WE ARE DETERMINED TO PROVIDE THE BEST WE CAN TO OUR RESCUED CATS AND DOGS AND TO CONTINUE WITH OUR YOUTH ENRICHMENT PROGRAMMES IN FACTRETON AND IN SWEET HOME FARM IN PHILIPPI. THESE ARE TWO AREAS WHERE THERE ARE NO EXISTING FACILITIES TO HELP THE ANIMALS. WE ARE PHONED REGULARLY FOR HELP AND WE CONTINUE TO STERILISE (WITH GRATEFUL THANKS TO ANOTHER ANIMAL ORGANISATION) AND PROVIDE WHATEVER VETERINARY TREATMENT IS NEEDED AT THE PRIVATE VETINARY PRACTICE WHICH HAS BEEN HELPING OUR ANIMALS SINCE OCTOER 1994 TO ENSURE THAT THE ANIMALS ARE ASSISTED PROFESSIONALLY . OUR ULTIMATE AIM IS TO PROVIDE A CLINIC IN EACH OF THESE VERY DIFFICULT AREAS. PEOPLE ARE VERY KIND TO US AND WANT TO HELP. HEREWITH SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE: * DO YOU HAVE BUILDING KNOWLEDGE? WE NEED TO ERECT MORE KENNELS FOR DOGS WHICH WE ARE BOARDING ELSEWHERE AT A COST, SO THAT WE CAN BRING THEM OVER AND HAVE ALL OUR ANIMALS IN ONE PLACE. * WE NEED WATERPROOF KENNELS AND WENDY HOUSES - MANY OF THE KENNELS DONATED TO US HAVE LEAKING ROOFS. IS THERE ANYONE WITH CARPENTRY KNOWLEDGE OUT THERE? * WE NEED POLAR FLEECE BLANKETS AND DRY DOG/PUPPY/CAT/KITTEN FOOD. * WE MEED A PLUMBER TO CONNECT UP OUR WASHING MACHINE. * WE NEED AN ELECTRICIAN TO CONNECT ELECTRICITY TO A WENDY HOUSE FOR OUR 2 EXCELLENT CLEANERS, WHO HAVE FOLLOWED US WITH OUR MOVE FROM MILNERTON * WE ARE HIRING TWO CHEMICAL TOILETS AS WE DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO TOILET FACILITIES - ANY CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS INSTALLING PROPER TOILET FACILITIES ARE URGENTLY NEEDED OR SPONSORSHIP FOR PAYING FOR THE HIRING OF THE CHEMICAL TOILETS. * CAT LOVERS HAVE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENTAL ENRICHMENT OF OUR CATTERY. THE CATS WOULD LOVE TO HAVE SHELVES ONTO WHICH THEY COULD JUMP AND SLEEP AND TALL SCRATCH POSTS. WE WANT TO DEVELOP A CAT GARDEN BEHIND THE CATTERY ESPECIALLY FOR USE IN GOOD WEATHER. THEY CATS COULD THEN GO IN AN OUT AS THEY CHOOSE. THE WALLS FOR THE OUTDOOR CAT GARDEN ARE UP, IT IS A LARGE AREA BUT STILL NEEDS TO BE SECURED WITH FINE MESH TO PREVENT THE CATS FROM ESCAPING. WE NEED TO PAINT THE EXISTING CATTERY, INSTALL SOME WINDOWS AND EASILY CLEANABLE FLOOR COVERING IN THE CATTERY AND IN OUR OFFICE. ARE THERE ANY BUDDING ARTISTS OUT THERE WHO WOULD LIKE TO BEAUTIFY OUR CATTERY? * WE NEED VOLUNTEERS (ANY DOG BEHAVIOURISTS/TRAINERS OUT THERE?) TO WALK AND SOCIALISE WITH OUR DOGS AND PUPPIES, OUR SUPERVISORS WOULD BE HAPPY TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAMME. * WE NEED HELP TO CAST CEMENT SLABS ON WHICH THE KENNELS WILL STAND AND TO COVER THE SLEEPING AREAS FROM THE ELEMENTS. * WE NEED SPONSORSHIP FROM A MOTOR WORKSHOP TO SERVICE OUR RESCUE VEHICLE (A RENAULT KANGOO PANEL VAN). THE VAN IS ON LOAN TO ADOPT-A-PET AND THE MECHANIC WHO SO GENEROUSLY HAS BEEN REPAIRING AND SERVICING THE VAN FOR THE PAST YEARS HAS SOLD HIS BUSINESS AND HAS RETIRED INTO THE COUNTRY. * ABOVE ALL, PLEASE PHONE ADOPT-A-PET ON 021 465-4560 (PREFERABLY IN THE EVENINGS BETWEEN 19H00 AND 21H00) TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO VIEW AND HOPEFULLY TO ADOPT OUR BEAUTIFUL DOGS, PUPPIES, CATS AND KITTENS. WE HAVE BEEN VERY ENCOURAGED WITH THE SUCCESS RATE OF ADOPTIONS AT OUR NEW SHELTER - AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO MANY MORE HAPPY ENDINGS. * IF YOU CANNOT ASSIST WITH THE ABOVE, ANY DONATIONS WHICH ARE PAID DIRECTLY INTO OUR VET'S ACCOUNT WOULD BE OF ENORMOUS HELP. THEIR ACCOUNT NUMBER WILL BE PROVIDED. THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS BLOG, WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU.