SHELTER FROM THE STORM
While you snuggle up with your beloved pets, spare a thought for the many mutts out there in the townships, who have never experienced the comfort of a dry, warm place to sleep. We are always in need of kennels and food donations, so if your pampered pooch no longer uses his or hers, please consider donating a kennel and a nice meal to a needy township animal. All kennels can be delivered to our office at 56 Koeberg Road, Brooklyn, or you can contact us and we’ll collect! You can also make a deposit with KENNELS as a reference and we will allocate your funds to our next kennel order. One kennel costs us R480. You can donate in one of the following easy ways:
Directly into our bank account:
Nedbank Sea Point
Account Name: African Tails
Current Acc no: 1069401978
Branch code: 106909 – if 8 digits are required please add the extra “13”
Reference: Your Name
Please always submit proof of payment along with contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can give you a tail-wagging thanks.
Have you met our new A-team?
Veronica Nel – General Manager
Veronica spent many years in the corporate world, but a few years ago her lifelong passion for animals saw her make her move into animal welfare. Veronica was appointed as General Manager at African Tails in April 2013.
For general enquiries, fundraising and emergencies you can contact Veronica on (021) 510 7360, 083 642 2805 or email@example.com
Lauren van Vuuren – Adoptions Manager
Lauren has a wealth of experience and knowledge when it comes to working with mutts, and we were thrilled when she joined the team in May 2013.
For queries regarding fostering and adoptions Lauren can be contacted on (021) 510 7360 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a happy, motivated, committed team who’ve enabled African Tails to achieve wonderful results in terms of sterilisations, rescues and our fostering programme.
We have managed to achieve so much, with a little money but a lot of effort and commitment from our volunteers, donors and staff!
A DAY AT AFRICAN TAILS………..
So we know sometimes our suppawters wonder why we have been quiet for a while, and we know our fans who follow our stories and achievements so avidly wait for every story, good or bad. So we thought we would let you follow our paw-prints for one day…..
Okay, here’s a typical day as an African Tailer. We all leave home early (in …the dark and cold – around 6 am) to make sure that we are at the office to collect and prep all the dogs and cats for sterilisation that starts just after 8 am. But we’ve taken two emergency calls before 7 am. One is about a dog that has been stabbed. So we immediately send the field worker out to Du Noon to collect the poor brak, and at the same time collect a poor soul who is no longer wanted. The next call comes in about a pregnant dog laying about in Eerste River. No problem, our drivers are going to collect more dogs for sterilisation in Langa, so we will collect the dog in Eerste River as well.
By this time things are quite hectic.
The vets are arriving and unpacking their steri equipment, the “Cat Lady” has just stopped with a load of 10 feral cats to be tested for FIV and Leukemia, and be sterilised. Charlie, one of our adopted African Tails Rescues has also just arrived, as today he will be getting the big snip as well.
Ok, so now we have about 18 dogs, 12 cats, and Charlie howling his lungs out because he is not happy to be here….. A cup of coffee would have been great, but no time right now for such a luxury! Charl the vet gets into his usual routine, switching on his CD player with Celine Dion spreading a bit of calm across the house. The dogs are being given a pre-med to sedate them before the anaesthetic. The field worker has just arrived with the stabbed dog and the mutt not wanted.
Andrea immediately gets them into the vehicle and rushes off to the vet. By 9 am clock the first dog is carried through to the recovery area, and after that it is like clockwork. But now we have to make sure they get their Frontline, tick collar, and watch carefully that they are breathing and not bleeding from the steri cut. We all panic a bit as we see blood oozing from one girl, but the vet is quick to place the ice pack on the wound, and we place pressure on it to make sure it settles. And it settles.
It is now around 10 am and the field workers draw in with our truck with another 10 animals. This is the time when our hearts all drop, because there are quite a few unwanted and extremely sick amongst them. The sickly and unwanted get loaded off one side, and the tough decisions need to be made.
Is he/she healthy enough, or would it be kinder to put to sleep? How old is she? Will anyone out there be prepared to take her? And this one, not the most beautiful, but look at those eyes and the tail wagging… Great personality… But how many foster homes do we have that will be prepared to take the in the state they are in. (I can only imagine the criticism right now … but there are only so many fosters, and not so many homes).
At this stage, Celine Dion’s tunes have faded in the background, the last one we heard was the lovely Titanic song, My Heart Will Go On, bringing a sense of sadness to all of us. The difficult decisions have been made. The young pups with mommy who are no longer wanted, have a foster home. They can eat already, so their chance of survival is good. Mommy however, is checked by the vet, and we are advised that it is better to put her to sleep, as she has a viral infection which has damaged her internal organs. We say good bye to the sweetheart, but make sure we stand by her during her last few moments.
She looks so peaceful as she goes off to a better place….RIP angel.
In the office, phones and doorbells are ringing, people are walking in with sick animals, unwanted animals, people are asking for food, vaccinations, de-worming etc. As the animals come out of surgery, they lay recovering, we treat them for ticks and fleas and then put flea collars on them. As they start waking up, they get carried to their box where they can recover properly without hurting themselves. People start collecting their animals and so the day goes on. We now have some people interested in fostering the first lot of unwanted puppies, what a relief!
The puppies have finally settled down and await their foster parents. We still have the other litter of 8 puppies from Browns Farm that we just couldn’t have put to sleep because those little faces are just tooo cute and they nice and fat and healthy.
The vet with his vet nurse, has now finished sterilising the 28 animals, they start packing up and leave with the words, successful day, all went well?. We carry on with our daily activities and cleaning up. It’s about 3 pm and most of the animals have now been collected by their owners as well as taken back to Browns Farm.
We feeling tired at this point but no time for rest, not until we check up on our emails and other odds and dogs. It’s now after 4 pm and everything has been cleaned and the puppies have been collected.
PHEW what a day!
But oops we still haven?t found fosters for these 8 woofingtins, so guess where they going to go…. home with Veronica and Andrea of course! Just before 6, we rush around to get all the food and blankets together for this weekend of puppy day care!
Monday is another day and hopefully by then, there will be some furry godmothers coming their way. So when we seem a bit quiet, sniff this out to remember a typical day at African Tails.
The work we’ve been doing over the past few months…
For every dog that gets rescued, hundreds or even thousands are born into a life of suffering and neglect… which is why sterilisation’s so important. And boy oh boy, have we been sterilising! June saw us wiggling and waggling in delight as we reached a milestone of 1 000 sterilisations – 1 205, to be exact, since the beginning of 2013! This is something we could never achieve alone, so we give a huge
round of appaws to our donors, volunteers and, of course, the vets and their staff, who enable us to achieve the goals we so fur-iously work towards. As part of the City of Cape Town’s commitment to building a caring city, Council contributed funding for the Du Noon Project, aimed at the mass sterilisation of cats and dogs in – you guessed it – Du Noon. Needless to say, we were licking our lips in anticipation – Du Noon is one of our primary areas and has always been close to our hearts.
The project was completed by the end of April and the results were truly fang-tastic: 603 animals had already been sterilised by African Tails, and a further 249 animals were sterilised as part of the project. In addition to steris, the project provided essential vaccinations, reduced the number of unwanted and neglected animals, improved the general standards of animal health – and, in so doing, the welfare of the community – reduced instances of dogs bites and minimised animal cruelty. It also helped to educate the community about pet health and general pet care.
So where to from here?
The battle has only just begun and so many more animals need our help. The problem is, every single steri costs R250 (not taking into account transport, vaccinations, treatments, etc), which means we’ve already had to spend about R250 000 this year! Our tails are up (and wagging), and we plan to sniff out the next 1 000 mutts for sterilisation before the end of the year… but we can’t do it without your help.
It is our creed that many small donations coming from a great many people can move mountains for the township animals. Even the smallest donation is greatly appreciated and can make the world of difference to an animal in need.
Your biggest gift to us would be a monthly debit order. We already have a dedicated group of monthly donors – we’re sending a virtual face-lick your way – but we just need to add a whole lot more. Without a steady supply of money every month, it’s a battle to budget and work out how many steris we can perform! It’s hard knowing that you have to fundraise and the stress of not knowing whether this month is going to be better than the last is very intense. Please contact us on 0215107360 or e-mail email@example.com for a debit order form.
TRACKING A TUMOUR
About a month ago, we heard about a dog in Du Noon who needed urgent treatment for a tumour… but we didn’t know where she was. After sniffing around and chasing our tails for a few days, Grace (as we’ve named her) was found. She was immediately taken to the vet, where we had a difficult choice to make: save and treat her or…… NO, SAVE AND TREAT HER! So Grace had her first course of chemo, and we’re now giving her a second chance at life. We have to put a grrrreat YELP OUT though. She needs four courses of chemo, which cost about R500 per session, so we need to raise R2 000. If you’d like to donate towards Grace’s treatment, please make a deposit with GRACE as the reference.
BRAKKING BRAVE BRUNO
On a cold winter’s morning in June, we got a call from a desperate dog owner in Du Noon. She was frantic because her dog’s leg was dangling where he had been hit by a car or perhaps even injured by some terrible person. We collected the dog – Bruno – and rushed him off to Vetclin, where X-rays showed that the femur was shattered and he’d need serioussurgery. We contacted Dr Annelize Roos, who always comes to the rescue, and then phoned the owner to tell her we’d be able to save her doggie – she actually started crying with happiness. To cut a long story short, Bruno had the op, spent 2 days in recovery and was reunited with his ecstatic owner. It’s yappy endings like these that make our days so worthwhile…
FROM WAGS TO RICHES
Joey was dropped off at African Tails by a man who said he was found in a canal. Dirty and scared, Joey crept under the tables and refused to come out for a while. He wouldn’t even eat (and that’s saying something for a street dog)! It took a while for Joey to eventually let us pick him up and get him to the bath, where we spent two hours shaving off and untangling his matted fur… and what a transformation! He’s become a handsome hound who can’t wait to become someone’s pawesome little companion. Is there a Joey-shaped space in your heart? ‘Cause there’s a you-shaped space in his…
We rescued Princess Leah off a busy street as she searched frantically to find food for her and her pups. Her owner was a cruel and uncaring man who lived on a busy road, with no adequate fencing and Princess Leah and her pups were at serious risk of being run over or dying of starvation or a broken heart, at the hands of the uncaring who laid claim to her. We negotiated the release of her and her pups and placed all in foster care. This is how Mommy Princess Leah’s tale turned out.
Princess Leah, Leah, Player, Teets McGee, Trotsky, my darling, babala…it doesn’t matter which of the names I call or coo, she is just perfect in all her being.
She has grown and bloomed since I took her home, and she continues to do so everyday.
No longer does she crawl along the floor with her tail between her legs, too frightened to go beyond the threshold of my front door.
No longer do I need to carry her into Vondi’s to choose treats.
Now she struts her stuff with her head held high, eyes twinkling.
She trots to the lift excited to go out into the world, sometimes even a skip and hop with her tail wagging high.
She knows to jump into the back seat, and she loves that she can stick her head out the window soaking up the smells and the fresh air and the hustle and bustle of life that we pass by.
Left window to right, right window to left, her lashes fluttering in the wind, panting with excitement.
Occasionally she wants to give me some light entertainment and barks at a passing cyclist. We chuckle at their fright.
She bounds along mountain trails in Deer Park and Fresnaye, socialises near the fountain at Mouille Point Lighthouse, and adventures through muddy swamp and overgrown valleys in the Glen.
At De Waal she is torn between hunting squirrels and having a play with other pups. I am glad that is her biggest issue: to play or hunt.
I love her morning breath, I think her ears smell like honey.
Everybody looks at her and smiles. They tell her how lucky she is to have found me.
But I know that it is really me who is lucky to have found her.
The tragic fact is that there are so many of these areas where these animals are living lives of fear and pain – and we can only do so much. The problem is as enormous as a Great Dane, and sometimes we feel like the tiniest little Chihuahuas yapping against thunder, but we are hound-bound with dogged determination, to make a difference to our furry (often mangy and furless) friends’ lives. ’Mutts’ needs to be done and thanks to everyone who contributes and supports! No one likes to face the reality of the harsh lives of man’s best friend. One doesn’t want to know… but only through knowing, can you help. Shying away from the facts does nothing alleviate their plight of suffering, abuse and neglect.
Spring will soon be upon us and literally hundreds of animals will be born / impregnated within the next couple of weeks and we’re racing like Greyhounds to get on top of it!
A huge high four paw goes out to Dr Roos of Stellenbosch Animal Welfare who has given us a booking on Wednesday 8 August 2012 to sterilise
50 EERSTE RIVIER ANIMALS!
This will swallow up a whole whopping R12 500.00 from our bank account and so we are desperately appealing for at least 50 people who read this email to PLEASE sponsor just one animal sterilisation @R250– or even part thereof.
Be the change you want to see and sponsor an Eerste Rivier sterilisation today!
Banking Details Nedbank Sea Point Account Name: African Tails Current Acc no: 1069401978 Branch code: 106909 – if 8 digits are required please add the extra “13”
Reference: Your Name and ER Mass Steri
Please always submit proof of payment along with contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can give you a tail-wagging thanks.
It all adds up to make a huge difference.
These two gorgeous girl pups are ready for their homes! Neither can stay in their foster homes much longer (they are sisters but are not together and cannot be adopted together). // read more >