Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Are You FOR the Animals?


Hi again.

There is a lot I’d like to share with you this week, so there have been many posts.

I am going to get straight to it then.

Over the past week or so Irwins Animal Rescue Centre has been in the news. i don’t particularly want to get into the arguments going on between those in welfare as i believe that what people feel and think is irrelevant, unless what they are saying is shed in a positive light for the animals concerned.

That being said i would like to get you informed on the task at hand.

I received this email last night from someone who had been to the centre herself.

Please read it with an open heart with the animals in mind, and then I will tell you a little bit more about how you can help.

Dear All,
There has been a lot of publicity lately regarding the Irwins Animal Rescue Centre.  I was there yesterday, after receiving an email advising that the centre was opening their gates to the public as part of a rehoming campaign undertaken by a group of volunteers.

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As I understand the situation, they have a deadline pending the outcome of a court case against the owner, to drastically reduce the number of animals at the shelter by 10 March 2012.  Should the case be finalised, the relevant authorities will decide on the fate of the remaining animals which is unlikely to be positive.


The volunteers that I met are a wonderful group of dedicated people, with the animals' best interests at heart.  I know there has been much negativity, but I would like to appeal to all animal lovers not to criticise what may have happened in the past - whatever has taken place, no matter whether we agree or disagree - it is the PAST.  We need to focus now on trying to get as many animals rehomed as possible by the deadline.
It is not all doom and gloom when you visit the centre - I would say comfortably that around 95% of all the dogs were interested in the people who came to see them and freely came up to the cages to be petted and enjoy the attention.


Although the enclosures are not fancy, they were neat and clean with shade cloth and kennels in each of them providing good shelter.  There was food in the bowls (I was there at feeding time), and as can be seen from the pictures, the water bowls were clean and full.  None of the dogs were thin, in fact some were a bit chubby!  There is such a variety of dogs available that there would be a dog to suit anyone's needs and lifestyle.


Please open your heart and send this appeal to anyone whom you know will not mind receiving this email.  Strict adoption procedures will be followed with home checks being carried out by people with relevant experience.  All animals leaving the shelter will be sterilised, vaccinated, dewormed and treated for ticks and fleas.  An adoption fee will also apply to cover these costs.  If you or someone you trust, can offer a loving, forever home to these very special dogs, please contact Allison on 083 269 9102 for further information. 


They will be hosting adoption days every Sunday from 10h00 to around 16h00 - come and visit the animals, and offer your support.  They are also in need of additional shadecloth, and labour to clear some stony areas.  Any other donations whether food, cash, collars, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

Helen Taylor

As you can see in Helen’s letter, there is an open day every Sunday at the rescue centre.

Besides that there is a Facebook page set up called “Irwins Angels”. The main function of this page is to show case the adoptable animals at the centre. Adoption forms will be available at the centre on Sunday open days. The amazing Emma O Brien has been round to the centre and has taken some photos of the doggies which are now posted on the page.
A group of volunteers have organised some shampoo and sponges to be collected and they will be bathing and dipping the doggies on Sunday. This will all be happening on Sunday 26 February from 10h00-16h00.

NOTE: The Address for Irwins is Plot 25,... 7th road, Walkers Fruit Farms, Walkerville. There aren't any signs except for a rock with IRWINS painted on it in white. Turn left into South and then take the second dirt road on your right - which is 7th road. Irwins is right at the top of the road, on the left! 

There is also a food drive on the go, organised by Linsey. This drive has been organised to keep the flow of food for the doggies coming in.
it is unfortunate but sponsors usually pull out when negative publicity surrounds a centre and the ones who end up suffering are the animals.
If you would like to contribute to helping the Irwins animals this is how you can do it:

You can either donate to linsey’s food drive:

please put the ref as IRWINS
L Rautenbach, FNB, ACC NO: 62066091556 BRANCH: SELCOURT

or you can take some food and treats, toys, collars, hoofs etc through to the centre on Sunday.

If you have any bright ideas on how to help this Rescue centre or help one in your area, comment here.
(the simplest way of commenting is by clicking anonymous but you can use one of the various profiles suggested)

I would love to hear from you.

Have a super day further.



Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Invitation To Participate


Hi everyone,

Please read Kim’s story look at the pics of the work that they do and please share and / or consider donating to help these ladies continue with the work that they do.

Thanks Di




For those that don’t know me, I help animals in Chesterville Township in Durban. Most South Africans are aware of the poverty of residents in townships and the lack of care and ignorance of owning pets. As a result, millions of unseen animals are suffering terribly without adequate food, no shelter, biliary, mange, parasites, being chained, etc., etc. At the root of this problem also is the uncontrolled breeding under horrendous conditions.

Please see pics below of a lot of animals that I have helped, though this is by no means all.

I rely on donations to make this possible and do only those rescues that funds will allow. Quicha Morgado from
Animal Action Dog Rescue has provided the bulk of expenses in the sterilizing and meds, plus she has taken over unwanted puppies and adults and homed them!

In the last 2 weeks alone she has funded the sterilizing of 8 dogs, 1 euthanasia, mange treatment and foster homes for several animals. We still want to do another 5 spays this week. (See pics of dogs below at end.)

Animal Action Dog Rescue is merely a two-woman show with Quicha and Kim Samuels. They have no  formal infrastructure and only 6 or 7 foster homes. They raise all their rescue money themselves and with so many animals needing help, their funds are severely limited, yet they are helping me with these dogs which just cannot be ignored.

Visit their website:

I am therefore inviting you to help fund these 8 sterilizations and the 5 that still need to take place this week. Please, these animals desperately need our help!

I appeal to you to please make a deposit of whatever you are willing and able, as long as it’s something, to:

· Name: Animal Action Dog Rescue

· Bank: First National Bank

· Account No: 62258858798

· Branch Code: 220426

NB: Additionally, as a reference state: Chesterville plus your name. Also please email me your email address. . You will be acknowledged in their newsletter and your email address is needed to send you a copy.

Also be assured that every single cent will used to pay vet fees.

Thank you very much!

Kind regards,

Kim Trent

084 683 5149

Below are pics of animals which have all been rescued or sterilized, removed or helped.


















The following pics are of a dog rescued from giving birth to 8 pups in a hole she’d dug (4 Feb). She’s now in a foster home. For full pics and story:



Two others.



Last week this poor young black dog had advanced biliary and sadly had to be euthanised. Note all the flies biting his bloodied ear.


She was from the same household, was spayed, vaccinated and went to a foster, then forever home a couple of days ago. She’s a very sweet little dog.


THE TWO DOGS BELOW WERE SPAYED 17 Feb.  This little black & tan girl is in horrendous condition with mange and sores under her (dirty, dry & brittle) fur. She is very thin too from poor nutrition and lack of food.


Snoopy was infested with ticks and fleas.        Same with Candy, plus lice!


Yesterday, (Sunday 19 Feb) they went to a lovely foster home. They still need forever homes!








Note how thin she is and flies biting her ears.   (Puppy is also a female.)


This dog is in heat again and needs to be spayed urgently! I suspect she is the mother of the above two


This little girl will be in heat soon.

Monday, 20 February 2012

I am bat dog - Ta Dah!



Hi everyone

I would like to introduce myself; although I have already heard from mommy that she introduced me to you as a new member of the family.

My name is Blu.

I am a very well behaved Miniature Pinscher, and I love my family.

My mommy believes that I am going through a naughty streak because I like to chew things. She bought me puppy chew treats and lots of toys; raw hide; and hooves too. I still think my siblings and daddy’s shoes are far tastier. I can’t get near mommy’s shoes. This FAT cat that my family call Mimmo protects those with her life.

Mimmo pushed me out the way the other day with her BIG FAT BUM so that she could get more treats than ME!

I was feeling very sorry for myself. I needed MORE treats than her! … I’ll tell you about that later.


Besides waiting for treats; I LOVE food time.
My mommy and siblings are teaching me to sit before I am allowed to eat my food. I get so excited I dance around like my sister Fairy. … …
There can’t just be one dancer in the house…

When mommy or my brother put my plate down, I grab a biscuit and I run on my race track. I like to copy my brother’s cars from his race track.
My family all laugh and say that I get “mad dog disease”.
I am getting really good at running, like my brother who also runs. I run sooooo fast that I skid on tiles; and around corners. It’s so much FUN!

I get so excited when my family come back from shopping that I dig in all three of my water bowls and leave a BIG mess on the tiles. My mommy says the water is like a pool on the floor but I think its fun; it makes a skid pan on the tiles!

The other day I sensed that something was up. I didn’t quite know what.
Mommy took my brother and sister to school and when she came home she put my leash on.
We never go out so early. I like to lay in the sun with Mimmo and Kitt before we go out.

Aunty Fiona hooted at the gate and I went outside with Mommy. I had never been in Aunty Fiona’s car before and I was scared, so I sat on Mommy’s lap and shivered. It wasn’t long before I realised that we were on the same road to the place where mommy first found me.

Mommy filled in forms and then left me there!

I was so happy to see Mommy and my brother and sister come and fetch me again but I felt woozy and I slept a lot.

When I woke up the next morning and I didn’t feel woozy; I bent my head down to my favourite licking spot and realised something was MISSING!

I ran like mad to Mommy and shouted “take me back; take me back, something is missing that I want back!”

Don’t tell Mommy – I think she has been around cats way too long - she doesn’t understand BARK properly yet,… … …

because I’m still missing my favourite parts!

Monday, 13 February 2012

Must Love Cats

When GOD created the World, He chose to put animals in it, and
decided to give each whatever it wanted.  All the animals formed
a long line before His throne, and the Cat quietly went to the end
of the line. To the elephant and the bear He gave strength; to the
rabbit and the deer, swiftness; to the owl, the ability to see at night;
to the birds and the butterflies, great beauty; to the fox, cunning;
to the monkey, intelligence; to the dog, loyalty; to the lion, courage;
to the otter, playfulness. And all these were things the animals
begged of GOD. At last he came to the end of the line, and there sat
the little cat, waiting patiently. "What will YOU have?" GOD asked
the Cat.
The Cat shrugged modestly. "Oh, whatever scraps you have left over.
I don't mind."
"But I'm GOD. I have everything left over. You can ask for anything!"
"Then I'll have a little of everything, please" said the Cat.
And GOD gave a great shout of laughter at the cleverness of this small
animal, and gave the Cat everything she asked for, adding grace and
elegance and . . ..  only for her, a gentle purr that would always attract
humans and assure her a warm and comfortable home.