2014 IN RETROSPECT.

IT WOULD BE TRUTHFUL TO SAY THAT 2014 WAS A DIFFICULT YEAR, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THE SUPPORT WE HAVE RECEIVED HAS BEEN OVERWHELMING TO SAY THE LEAST. THE MOVE TO OUR NEW PREMISES IN SCHAAPKRAAL WAS EXHAUSTING, BECAUSE THERE WAS SO LITTLE IN THE WAY OF INFRASTRUCTURE AVAILABLE. EVERY SINCE OUR MOVE IN MARCH THIS YEAR, WE HAVE CONTINUOUSLY BEEN PUTTING UP NEW KENNELS AND LARGE RUNS FOR OUR DOGS. AT PRESENT WE ARE ALSO FINALISING A NEW INSIDE/OUTSIDE STRUCTURE FOR OUR CATS AND WILL PROVIDE PHOTOS OF ALL THE IMPROVEMENTS SOON. WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR COMMITTED VOLUNTEERS FOR FOLLOWING US TO OUR NEW PLACE EVEN THROUGH WE KNOW THAT IT IS A MUCH LONGER DISTANCE TO TRAVEL. IN PARICULAR A BIG THANK YOU TO NICOLE AND SORAYA FOR CONTINUING TO WALK OUR DOGS REGULARLY AND ROXANNE FOR HELPING WITH OUR CATS AND FOR DONATING SUCH USEFUL ITEMS TO US. WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR MUCH APPRECIATED AND INVALUABLE SUPPORT. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE PALMERS FOR HELPING US WITH BUILDING MATERIAL, LENORE FOR HANDMAKING A BEAUTIFUL MOSAIC MIRROR FOR A FUNDRAISING RAFFLE, WARREN AND HIS COLLEAGUES OF THE TOYOTA CLUBS FOR ORGANSING A TOYOTA FEST WITH ADOPT-A-PET AS THE CHOSEN BENEFICIARY, THE CAPE HANDLERS DOG CLUB IN MILNERTON FOR NOT FORGETTING ABOUT US AND HELPING US WITH THE PROCEEDS OF THEIR RECENT BEER FEST, DOG DISPLAYS AND COMPETITIONS, JUNE FROM SANTA CLAUS FOR PAWS WITH HER LARGE DONATION OF MUCH APPRECIATED PET PRODUCTS AND TO KIND PEOPLE WHO HAVE ASKED THAT THEIR WEDDING GUESTS DONATE TO ADOPT-A-PET INSTEAD OF BUYING WEDDING PRESENTS. A BIG THANK YOU TO LIZZANNE FOR HER INVALUABLE HELP BOTH AS A DONOR AND A VOLUNTEER, AS WELL AS ALL THE PET FOOD COMPANIES WHO SUPPORT US. WITHOUT EVERYONE'S HELP, ADOPT-A-PET COULD NOT EASILY SURVIVE. AND OF COURSE, I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO OUR TWO SUPERVISORS, DESIREE AND TONI FOR THEIR CARE AND DEVOTION TOWARDS OUR ANIMALS. YOU ARE BOTH AN INSPIRATION TO THE "PRO-LIFE" MOVEMENT . OUR COMMUNITY PROJECTS IN SWEET HOME FARM IN PHILIPPI AND AT THE WINDERMERE HIGH SCHOOL IN FACTRETON CONTINUE TO GROW, SINCE THEIR BEGINNINGS IN MARCH 2011 WHEN ADOPT-A-PET PARTNERED WITH NICRO FOR A THREE YEAR WORKING AGREEMENT CONCENTRATING ON YOUTH AT RISK. WE HAVE A VERY COMMITTED GROUP OF ABOUT 25 LEARNERS FROM BOTH AREAS WHO HAVE STOOD THE TEST OF TIME. INTERACTION WITH ANIMALS, THE ENVIRONMENT AND NATURE HAVE UNDOUBTEDLY BEEN THE CATALYSTS IN PROMOTING POSITIVE ATTITUDES TOWARDS BOTH ANIMAS AND PEOPLE. WE CONTINUE TO EXPAND OUR HUMANE EDUCATION PROGRAMMES AND WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS OF THE DEPT OF SAFETY AND SECURITY FOR ASSISTING US WITH OUR PROJECTS. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO INVITE INTERESTED PERSONS BOTH FROM THE PUBLIC AND FROM OTHER ANIMAL ORGANISATIONS TO JOIN US AS VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST WITH BOTH OUR ANIMAL RESCUE WORK AND WITH OUR YOUTH ENRICHMENT PROGRAMMES PARTICULARLY AS WE HAVE BEEN ASKED TO EXPAND OUR PROGRAMMES INTO OTHER AREAS. WE CONTINUE TO BE PROUD OF OUR "PRO-LIFE" OR "NO KILL" POLICIES AND HAVE NOW ADDED THE DIMENSION OF INCORPORTING AND INSPIRING LEARNERS FROM HIGH RISK AREAS TO LEARN TO RESPECT ALL LIFE AND TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES SUCH AS COMPASSION AND EMPATHY TOWARDS BOTH THE CREATURES WHICH SHARE OUR TROUBLED WORLD, AS WELL AS TOWARDS THEIR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS. THE UNDERLYING AIM IS TO CREATE A GENTLER SOCIETY AND TO BRING DOWN LEVELS OF VIOLENCE. THE SUCCESS OF OUR PROGRAMMES HAS EXCEED OUR EXPECTATIONS. IT WOULD BE APPRECIATED IF OUR SUPPORTERS COULD ASSIST WITH BUILDING MATERIALS, SUCH AS CORRUGATED IRON ROOFING, STRONG MESH WIRE, POLES, WOOD, VIBRACRETE, CEMENT, STONE, SAND. BRICKS FOR PAVING, UNBROKEN WOODEN PALLETS, WENDY HOUSES FOR OUR DOGS AND FOR OUR NEW CATTERY, DOG KENNELS FOR ALL SIZE DOGS, DOG AND CAT FOOD, A STURDY WASHING MACHINE, PLUMBING ASSISTANCE TO CONNECT UP A WASHING MACHINE TO THE WATER SUPPLY (WE CURRENTLY WASH OUR BLANKETS BY HAND), ANIMAL FRIENDLY CHEMICALS FOR DISINFECTING SURFACES, FLOOR CLEANING AND DISH WASHING LIQUID, MOPS, BROOMS, LEADS, HARNESSES, COLLARS, ANTI-FLY PRODUCTS SUCH AS QUADRUPEL, ANTI TICK AND FLEA PRODUCTS, A SPRAY MACHINE TO SPRAY ALL KENNELS AND RUNS AGAINST FEAS AND TICKS USING PRODUCTS WHICH ARE NOT TOXIC TO ANIMALS. OUR EVENTUAL AIM IS TO BE ABLE TO PURCHASE OUR OWN LAND, BECAUSE ANYONE IN A RENTAL SITUATION IS ALWAYS VULNERABLE AS WE EXPERIENCED AT OUR MILNERTON PREMISES. WE WOULD LIKE TO INCLUDE A HUMANE EDUCATION CENTRE, A TELLINGTON TOUCH (T-TOUCH) FACILITY, AN ORGANIC VEGETABLE GARDEN, A PRIMARY HEALTH CARE AND STERILISATION CLINIC, A DOG TRAINING CLUB AND AN ADOPTION FACILITY FOR INTRODUCING OUR DOGS AND CATS TO POTENTIAL OWNERS AND TO THEIR OWN ANIMALS. WE HAVE VERY HIGH RENTAL COSTS WHICH INSTEAD COULD BE USED FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE ANIMALS. WE DO NOT HAVE ANY TOILETS AND HAVE TO HIRE TWO CHEMICAL TOILETS AT CONSIDERABLE EXTRA COST. WE ALSO HAVE NO ABLUTION FACILITES FOR OUR IN HOUSE CLEANERS WHO HAVE TO MAKE DO WITH A PORTABLE BATH AND HAVE TO BOIL UP WATER. ALTHOUGH OUR CIRCMSTANCES ARE RATHER DIFFICULT, OUR DOGS AND CATS ARE WELL FED, GO TO VETS WHENEVER NECESSARY, ARE WALKED DAILY, HAVE LARGE EXERCISE AREAS AND ARE MUCH LOVED. OUR ADOPTION RATE IS SATISFACTORY AND OUR RESCUES ARE VERY REWARDING. ALTHOUGH THERE ARE SNAKES IN OUR PREMISES, WE HAVE THEM REMOVED BY PROFESSIONAL SNAKE CATCHERS WHO RELOCATE THEM SAFELY ELSEWHERE. IT IS A RURAL PEACEFUL LOCATION AND IN THE WINTER THERE ARE LARGE NUMBERS OF FLAMINGOES NEARBY TO ENJOY. PLEASE PHONE 021 465-4560 ABOUT 9AM OR BETWEEN 19H00 AND 20H00 FOR MORE INFO AND THANKS FOR READING THIS. WE HOPE TO RECEIVE A LARGE POSITIVE RESPONSE, SMS US ON 074 5199600.