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Looking back on our newbies of 2018

What a year 2018 was for us in terms of newbies. We welcomed not one, not two but 110 new furkids to the Dogtown family in 2018! Yes, 110!!! Our intakes came from all over the country, some rescued as strays, sadly some returns, some who we took in from other rescue centres and some […]

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Homeward Bound – The Lucky 76 furkids of 2018

What a year 2018 was for the dogs of Dogtown!  76 of our precious furkids packed their bags and joined their forever families in 2018. Now while we would love for this number to be much higher, we cannot look past the fact that it is still 76 lives who have been changed. 76 families […]

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Love In Dog Years Is Forever

Love In Dog Years Is Forever By Mary-Jane Gallagher It is said that having a dog is linked to longer and happier life and a feeling of fulfillment. With wet noses and sparkling eyes, pets are not just possessions but little souls filled with a never-ending supply of love. And while there is so much affection in […]

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A Guide to Pet-Friendly Eateries in South Africa

A Guide to Pet-Friendly Eateries in South Africa By Mary-Jane Gallagher The population of dogs in South Africa is about 7.4 million in 2018, as reported by PetSecure. This is a clear picture of how more people have embraced pets as part of their day-to-day lives. Pet owners are actually spending more time with their dogs, cats […]

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Another month has come and gone and we still haven’t won the lottery…

Another month has come and gone and we still haven’t won the lottery… and humans haven’t become more caring and loving yet either … but we live in forever hope that one day all humans will love doggies as much as we do.  This year has been a struggle for Dogtown. We’ve had more downs […]

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Happy Homings in November 2018

The end of the year is always tough for us in rescue, adoptions slow down to a complete halt and sadly intakes double, if not triple. At this point in the year we are lucky if we get any adoptions at all but we are proud to announce that November resulted in FIVE of our […]

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Dealing with Dogs in a Divorce

Dealing with Dogs in a Divorce By Mary-Jane Gallagher The latest figures from Stats SA show that over 25,000 marriages in South Africa end in divorce annually. Given that there are about 8 million dogs in the country, thousands of pets each year are caught in the middle. Divorce is fraught with difficult negotiations and for those with […]

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Newbies at Dogtown – November 2018

With open arms we welcomed these lovely newbies to the Dogtown family this month. As always we are so pressed for space but we couldnt turn our backs on these babies, so they are now part of the Dogotwn family until their forever families take them home! Meet our NINE newbies for NOVEMBER!   Meet […]

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Communicating with your dog to stop jumping up

Communicating with your dog to stop jumping up By Joanna, Trainer Having the opportunity of working with animals, specifically in my case, dogs, I realise more and more that unless the basic communication skills that we use with each other are not put into practice with the dogs, it is virtually impossible to achieve any […]

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Why Nose Work ?

Why Nose Work?

Why Nose work “Hi, my name is Sheena and I’m rehab’s top nose-work dog. Using my nose is a very important part of my daily routine. Many years ago, before we were domesticated, our noses were the main tool in our survival kit. We obviously had to eat and that meant finding and catching our […]

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