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July 8, 2013

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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 for a debit order form.



Tracking TumourAbout 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.


Brave BrunoOn 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…


JoeyJoey 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…