Times they are a changing

File photo: Nicky Koekomoer.

We look around us and we can all see that things have changed.

Work is scarce and money is tight, but we carry on regardless. The abandonment of pets happens every day and rescue groups like our are inundated with animals that have been left behind and are homeless.

A family of dogs consisting of Mommy, Daddy and 8 puppies, was left in the veld in Craigieburn last week. We were called and set up camp for them as we have no kennels or land of our own. People living close by kept an eye on them and by the grace of God we placed six of the puppies within days.

Mommy and Daddy are being sterilized as we speak and Mommy has a possible home. Daddy will be cared for. Both these dogs are well mannered and especially sweet. I do not understand how one does this, no matter what one’s situation is.

Calls from caring folk come in daily about dogs that have been sitting on the corner of a street for days, waiting to be collected by the owner.

What to do with these poor creatures? Take them to the SPCA? Do people really understand how full they are? They can also only take in that many strays before euthanasia is the only alternative for the sick and the old. If you cannot keep your animals for a lifetime then don’t have any.

They are not a piece of furniture that one can replace at any time.

Think before you make this commitment. Our charity shops are doing well and we are looking at expanding the shop in Scottburgh, so thank you to all our supporters who donate goods and to those who support by buying from us.

May you all be blessed. Don’t stop giving as stocks are currently low and we have so many dogs and cats that need to be fed and sterilized in order to stop the over population and suffering of these animals.

We are also in need of volunteers to work at our shop in Scottburgh, so if you feel you want to get involved but are not up to facing the heartache, then the shop is the place to do your bit to help the voiceless.

Please see Ruth at the shop or contact me.

On a sad note, we would like, through the newspapers, to say goodbye to Mamma dog who passed over the rainbow bridge last week. She was the founder member of 4 Paws and a Tale Rescue – the very first dog we ever fed and sterilized. She reigned over the pack in her area like any good queen should. RIP my beautiful girl. You inspired us to continue no matter what. Your silly little turns and dances will be missed but we will remember you forever.

Till we meet again, run free girl.

Woofs and mews Nicky – 4 Paws and a Tale Rescue

084 626 5508

Nicky Koekemoer

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