Looking back on 2015
Of course we cannot talk about the new centre without acknowledging the people who helped us get there. First off we appealed to you our pawtastic supporters to help fund our 1st octagon by signing up for a monthly debit order allowing us to start building. The excitement amongst the staff as we carefully laid out the design and put the shovels in the ground to begin our first octagon was incredible. We were like kids in a candy store – the excitement was electric and obviously nothing went quick enough for us in the building process and it felt like forever before the octagon was complete.
One snag though, the farm walking trails are not for sissies, we’re all going to have awesome fit bodies this year. As we huffed and puffed up and down the mountain, the furkids couldn’t get enough of it 🙂 With the recent heat waves sweeping across our country, we’ve had to start walking the dogs a lot earlier so we can get the dogs walked before the heat becomes too much. So while you are sitting down at your office having your first cuppa Joe, think of our caregivers who have already walked their furkids he he. If you ask any of them, they wouldn’t change it for the world.
So Im sure you would agree, so far the year has been pretty awesome. I wish it was all about struggles and happy endings but we had really hard times too. 2015 seemed to be the year of cancer, many of our older furkids and even one of our younger fur kids was stolen by cancer. Nothing is more soul destroying than watching one of our furkids battle with a disease and having to realise they are not going to get better. One of the things we have put in place, was to take our terminally ill furkids away to a pet friendly resort for the weekend and let them enjoy being a part of a family, even if its for just a short time. We tried to make the weekends as calm and loving as possible, knowing that when we get back it will be time to say goodbye. Sheesh, this for me has been the hardest part of the year. There is nothing better than saving a fur kid but to lose one in soul destroying.
The old centre, where half of our furkids are still based has provided countless challenges and the quicker we can all be at the farm the better for our dogs and for us as caregivers.
So back to the farm, now we are struggling because the trucks cant get up and down the mountain and we can’t get our building materials up to where we need them. Just another problem for us to solve, as if we dont have enough already. Drum roll please, like a fairy god mother, yankee candle south africa comes out to meet us and see what we are about. Of course give me a gap and I will talk your head off about how special our furkids are and what we envision for them here at the farm. To my delight yankee candle loved what we were doing and blew me out of the water with their generosity, not only do they cover half of our montego food bill every month but they also provided funds for us to build a road up to the top of the mountain and you guessed it … octagon 3 proudly named Yankee Candle Town.
So now we are half way there, we are hoping like crazy that by the middle of the year we will all be at the farm. That will entail building another 3 octagons, and securing them in. It’s no easy task but if anyone can do it, its our supporters. So once again we will be doing everything in our power to raise the funds to complete the octagons. Then the real work begins, building all the extra stuff to make our rescue fur kids have the best environment, to be the best they can be, because after all its all about them and keeping them happy. We are just here to serve them as we should.
So what else happened. One of our best achievements is that 68 misunderstood furkids were guided through their issues and learnt to live in harmony in this crazy human world and found their forever homes. Whhhhoooopppppp whhhhhooooppppp.
We saved furkids on the brink of death and nursed them back to health reasuring them that not all humans are bad
Our click to feed project has grown incredibly, with thousands of fur kids in rescue centres around the country receiving food from us thanks to our kind sponsors. Nearly 20 000kg of food was donated to over 30 rescue centres.
We began an awesome new campaign of Spay It Forward which moving into 2016 will we keep our vet very busy with sterilizations. Sterlisations that are so badly needed but could not be afforded.
Dogs adopted from DogtownSA: 68
New Furkids who came in: 56
Food redistirubuted to other centres: 18 645 kgThat’s all for now folks,
Love Tracy and the rescues