Caroles Cat Chronicles, 8 December 2017

Here are some pictures of a few of our cats at the Leaping Frog Centre.  I wish to thank everyone for their continued help and support through your generous donations during the year.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy Christmas holiday season.

From Carole, the cats and all our volunteers who dedicate a day a week to feed and love these very special cats.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR OVER THE HOLIDAYS FROM 15 DECEMBER ONWARDS, CONTACT CAROLE ON 0824242363.  FOOD PROVIDED.

Help a shelter, 7 December 2017

 

The HELP A SHELTER Food drive initiative is going strong, with regular collections from local supermarkets

Spar Fourways Gardens, Pick n Pay Lonehill and Pick n Pay Fourways Crossing

There clearly are many animal lovers in the Lonehill area and we thank everyone that has so kindly donated in our collection bins.  So many shelter animals need help in these times, and we cannot help them all, but all your wonderful donations are ensuring that many of them will not go hungry these holidays.  Our aim to make their stay in the cages as comfortable as possible, until they find their own families.  The holidays are a time when the admissions typically double in numbers, and there simply are not enough food resources in order to sustain the increased numbers

We are looking forward to building our Christmas tree of food and showing you how your donations have helped to feed shelter dogs these holidays.

For any collections please contact Ursula on 084 555 1400

 

KEEPING YOUR PETS SAFE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

The holiday season is a common time for pets to get injured or poisoned.

Below is a list of important things that you should watch for to help keep your pets safe as we head into the holiday season

Pets, particularly cats, can be tempted to eat tinsel, which can easily block the intestines.  Hang tinsel high and securely to keep it out of reach of pets

Keep all ornaments out of reach of pets.  Ingestion can result in life threatening emergencies

The extra cords and plugs of holiday lights and other fixtures can look like toys to pets. Tape down or cover cords to avoid shocks and burns.  Unplug lights when you are not at home

Put away toys after children open their gifts.  Small plastic pieces and rubber balls are common causes of fatal choking and intestinal blockage in dogs.

Holiday guests and other activity can be very stressful and even frightening to pets. Make sure your pets have a safe place to retreat in your house.  And make sure that they are wearing current ID tags in case they escape out a door when guests come and go. Also check that that their microchip is up to date and detectable.  Either take their vet book with the microchip number in, to the vet and let them scan it, or take your pets in to have them scanned.  Too often the details of previous owners are still recorded, especially if the dog was from a rescue organization, the details of the new owners are very often not updated

Don’t let your guests feed your pets.  There are many holiday foods including fatty meats, gravies, bones, chocolate and alcohol that can cause vomiting and diarrhea and other toxic reactions.

Keep pets away from gift packages as well as your gift wrapping area.  Ingested string, plastic, cloth and even wrapping paper can be fatal or lead to blockage and require surgical removal.  In addition, candy wrappers, aluminium foil pieces and ribbons can choke pets.

 

HOW TO HELP YOUR DOG IF HE IS CHOKING

Time is minimal  – You will only have about 1,5 to 2 minutes to save your dog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOPEFUL   ADOPTIONS

These furkids are all currently looking for families to love them forever. They have limited time to be helped

If you can open up your home to any of them, please contact the Randburg SPCA on 011 462 1610

Adoption fee is R850.00     Add a little love to your life these holidays

Carole’s Cat Chronicles, 7 December 2017

This handsome ginger boy has gone missing from his new home.  He is a nine year old neutered cat named Gingie with no microchip. Missing from LEWIS ROAD/TURLEY,  IN LONEHILL SINCE 3 WEEKS AGO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please contact the owner if you see him.  Sebastiaans@processpipejhb.co.za  0825521751 or Carole 0824242363

He could be taking  shelter in someone’s garage or hiding in a drain.

Help-A-Shelter, 1 December 2017

Update on our HELP A SHELTER food drive :

Our hero of the week is Beulah Schoeman of Lonehill, such an incredible animal lover and totally committed to helping as many animals as she can.  We were so emotional over her very generous donation of a whole trolley filled with food at Pick n Pay Lonehill,  a total of 7 big bags of chunks and 10 large tins.  We cannot express enough appreciation to Beulah.  Her incredible donation will go a long way to ensuring fewer hungry tums at the rescue centres these holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paw salute to Beulah for her donation of a trolley loaded full with food.  Our collection point at Spar Fourways Gardens continues to lead the way, with Pick n Pay Fourways Crossing a close second.

This week we have a bin in prime position at the entrance to Pick n Pay Lonehill that cant go unnoticed

To all the animal lovers that have remembered our loyal four legged friends at this challenging time of year, we are so grateful for your donations.

We shall be creating a Christmas tree of food at the end of our drive, and we shall post photos to show all that has been collected

With this being the season for giving, how about challenging your work colleagues to all bring in a tin of food for our unfortunate four legged furkids that do not have homes.  While they wait for their own families, lets try and make their stay at the shelters a little happier.  A tasty meal each day can go a long way to making this more pleasant for them.

HOLIDAYS AND YOUR PETS

There are three options for your pet which will keep them safe, secure, stress free and comfortable:

  1. Hire a petsitter who pops in daily or stays at your house
  2. Take your pets on holiday with you
  3. Book them into a boarding kennel

HIRING A PET SITTER

Petsitters are a very popular option these days.  Some pet sitters will watch your pet at their own residence but most will come by your house if your pet is more comfortable at home.

Below is a list of petsitters that service the Lonehill area:

Indigo Pet Sitters                           Anne                   083 662 4626  (Fourways)

House/pet sitter                            Helena                081 759 1739  (Fourways)

House/pet sitter                            Amanda             082 699 6677  (Fourways)

House/pet sitter                            Rose                    083 324 5645  (Fourways)

Furchild                                                                                      082 212 9397  (Fourways)

Team Pet sitters                                                         082 399 4431  (Bryanston)

Tickles and Licks                                                         083 301 8797  (Lonehill)

Deon Pet care                                Deon                   076 051 6472  (Northriding)

Southern Sitters                                                        083 328 2666  (Fourways)

Spot and Snowy                                                         074 348 3357  (Randburg)

 

PLACING YOUR PET IN A KENNEL:

Although this option can be expensive, kennels can provide excellent care for your four legged family members

Kennels close to Lonehill:

Badhams                                                                     011 705 1880

Bryanston Ferndale kennels                                    073 621 2740

Sun Valley                                                                    011 702 1660

Fluffs and Tufts                                                           011 463 0296

Paws Resort                                                                011 464 0914

Farm Girls Boarding kennels                                    083 212 1823

Austinview Kennels                                                   011 057 5577

Furry Kids                                                                     072 595 3782

Must love dogs                                                           087 742 2215

Help A Shelter, 24 November 2017

LRA, we thank you for being a part of our initiative to help feed our beloved four-legged friends who are presently in shelters.  There has been such a heartwarming response from our animal loving Lonehill residents.  Drop off points are exceeding expectations, and we are collecting almost full trolleys every third day.  Our star performer is once again Spar Fourways Gardens, with three full trolleys to date.

Pick n Pay Fourways Crossing  is their closest rival, with two full trolleys.  Westpack Lifestyle is close on their heels with two full trolleys.  Pick n Pay Lonehill is also sure to be a force to be reckoned with, as their collection bin has also now been set up

Our other points at Pawsitively Pets, Vet to Pet Lonehill,  Fourways Auto on Cedar Rd, and 3@1 Leaping Frog have now also started to bring in weekly collections

A word on the upcoming holidays: 

Rescue centres throughout Johannesburg are already experiencing increased admission rates, with many reporting as much as double the amount compared to other months.  This is a very bleak picture that is typical of the upcoming holiday period.

Please ensure that your pets are in safe hands while you are away on holiday.   If you are placing your pets in kennels, please arrange this now, before they are booked out.  Another option is to enlist a petsitter that can either reside at your home, or make visits during the day in order to feed and play or walk your pets.

In our following article we shall list kennels as well as petsitters that operate in the area.  If you are entrusting a neighbour to feed your pets, please ensure that you leave all relevant emergency numbers that may be required, eg. Name of vet, any regular medication that must be administered, and  backup contact details of where you will be staying in case there is no cellphone coverage. And be sure to  leave ample food.

Hopeful adoptions of the week:

These little treasures can be a part of your family for an adoption fee of only R650..

Contact: Ursula 084 555 1400

Help A Shelter, 17 November 2017

HELP A SHELTER

Ursula 084 555 1400

Our animal shelter food drive is well underway and being wonderfully supported by animal lovers in the Fourways / Lonehill area

There is no better feeling than collecting a trolley or box that is filled to the brim.

Special mention must go to the management and customers of Spar Fourways Gardens. We have already collected three trolleys filled with big bags of food and tins. Thank you to everybody that has kindly donated

Another collection point that is doing very well is Westpack Lifestyle in the Lonehill centre.  We feel like we are a part of the Westpack family already, all the staff are so friendly

Vet to Pet is also one of our star performers, with our collection box placed right at the entrance of their shop,

Pick n Pay Lonehill is our newest collection point that we are extremely happy to have on board.  We were so overwhelmed by the response of Manager Thabo. His eagerness to be involved with the food drive is so appreciated.  He is already helping with the feral cat collections

Perhaps we will have a friendly rivalry between two Pick n Pay branches, as Fourways Crossing is now also a collection partner.  Store Manager Precious did not hesitate to help the communities animals and readily set up a collection trolley for us in prime position.

We now have a collection point in most of the main centres in the area:

Spar – Fourways Gardens (thank you, Piet)

Pick n Pay – Lonehill shopping centre (thank you Thabo)

Pick n Pay – Fourways Crossing (thank you, Precious)

Vet to Pet – Lonehill shopping centre (thank you, Karen)

Westpack Lifestyle – Lonehill shopping centre (thank you, Amanda and Felicia)

Pawsitively Pets – Fourways Gardens centre. (thank you, Iris)

3 @ 1 – Leaping Frog centre (thank you, Tania)

Fourways Auto Tech – Cedar Road, Broadacres (thank you, Mike)

Thank you to all the wonderful people from the above retailers, without you this food drive would not be possible.

 

 

We would like to also mention a very special Lonehill resident that has also donated food towards our drive, Gail van Straaten. Your dedication to animals is heartwarming, keep up all the good work that you are doing at Sandton Spca

The holidays are a very daunting time of the year for animal shelters when the number of admissions soars and most people delay getting a family pet until after the holidays

We urge you to always make the Spcas your first adoption choice, these are the dogs and cats that need your help the most, as they only have a limited time within which to find homes.

This time frame shortens dramatically during the holidays due to space constraints

Spca branches:

Randburg                                       011 462 1610

Sandton                                          011 444 7730

Roodepoort                                   011 672 0448

Boksburg                                        011 916 5907

Midrand                                          011 265 9935

Benoni                                            894 2814/5

Germiston/Bedfordview            011 825 5033

Brakpan                                          011 7422007

You may adopt from any of the SPCA branches, as long as you go in personally to view the dog and complete the adoption application form.  You will need to take your id and proof of residence. You may not send someone in on your behalf.

A home check will then be done through the SPCA  in your local area

Hopeful adoption of the week:

Meet Pixie, Lady and Kleintjie, the sweetest, most beautiful little toy poms

They are three sisters and need to be homed together. Unfortunately, they landed up in a shelter due to their human parents getting divorced.  There have been many requests to home them separately but we do not want to split them as they are very closely bonded. They are currently in Maltese French Poodle Yorkie Rescue in Midrand. Call for further info:  Ursula 084 555 1400

Carole’s Cat Chronicles, 17 November 2017

DONATIONS

I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO RECENTLY RESPONDED TO MY PLEA FOR DONATIONS TO HELP FEED AND CARE FOR THE LEAPING FROG CATS.  YOUR KINDNESS IS REALLY APPRECIATED.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE PICTURE OF ME AND MY FAMILY CAT IN THE UK SHOWN AT THE TOP OF THE CHRONICLES EVERY WEEK BRINGS A VERY SAD REMINDER TO HOW FIREWORKS ARE SO DEADLY TO PETS, BOTH CATS AND DOGS. NOT TO MENTION OUR WILD BIRDS.  I RECEIVED SUCH SAD NEWS ON SUNDAY 5TH NOVEMBER ( GUY FAWKES/BONFIRE NIGHT IN THE UK). WESTWARD MY 9 YEAR OLD CAT WAS SPOOKED BY THE LOUD BANGS AND GOT OUT ONTO THE ROAD. HE WAS KILLED BY A MOTORIST.

Carole Dike

0824242363

 

Help-A-Shelter, 10 November 2017

Help A Shelter is now active with food collections in the Lonehill area.  We would like to introduce you to the shelters that you will be supporting:

4 Paws

Currently have 37 doggies and 200 cats up for adoption.  Running costs R80 000 to R90 000 each month.  Owe R12 000 in veterinary bills

PawsRus

Currently have 230 doggies up for adoption.  Running costs average R85 000 each month.  Owe R100 000 in veterinary bills

Maltese French Poodle Yorkie Rescue SA

Currently have 70 doggies up for adoption.  Running costs average R70 000 each month.  Owe R58 000 in veterinary bills

The 9th Day Rescue

Currently have 150 doggies up for adoption.  Running costs average R70 000 to R80 000 each month.  Owe R102 000 in veterinary bills

 

We would like to thank the outlets below who have very kindly offered to be drop off points in the area:

Spar – Fourwasy Gardens – a very big thank you to the Manger of Spar, Piet van Staden

Vet to Pet – Lonehill shopping centre. Thank you to Karen, so eager to help, it is appreciated

Westpack Lifestyle – Lonehill shopping centre.  Thank you to Felicia, we are happy to have you as a part of our drive

Pawsitively Pets – Fourways Gardens centre. Thank you to Iris, your dedication to animals is heartwarming

Fourways Auto Tech – Cedar Road, Broadacres (Corner Frederick Drive). Thank you Mike Goltman, our pet warrior

Lisa Nuttall – Lonehill

3@1 Leaping Frog – thank you to Tania Edwards and staff for their support

 

Collections can also be arranged.  Please contact Ursula 084 555 1400 or Lisa on 076 399 0696

If you email us details of your food donation in any our collection bins, we will acknowledge this in our weekly media update

Helpashelter.ursula@gmail.com or helpashelter.lisa@gmail.com

For any monetary donations

Britz t/a FourPaws

Nedbank

Fourways

Branch code 168405

Acc no. 1684110750

Ref: Help a Shelter

Please send the confirmation to helpashelter.ursula@gmail.com in order that we may acknowledge you in our weekly media updates.

Donations may be made in memory of a beloved pet that has passed, or challenges may be set to others to match your donation

Thank you to all the Lonehill residents that will be a part of our food drive to help the animals these holidays

Tip of the week:  Most dangerous foods for dogs that must be completely avoided:

Avocado, chocolate, raisins and currants, onions, garlic, walnuts and madamias, cooked bones, dairy, alcohol, grapes mushrooms, fatty foods, caffeine, xylitol (artificial sweeteners)

 

Carole’s Cat Chronicles, 3 November 2017

UPDATE ON LEAPING FROG CATS.

The pictures in this week’s chronicles are of CLEO AND MUMMY CAT TOGETHER ON A HIGH LEDGE LOOKING DOWN ON THE BUILDING WORKS.  ALSO A PICTURE OF FELIX WITH ONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS STROKING HIM.  He loves having his neck scratched.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DONATIONS

Thank you to the lady who dropped off lots and lots of Friskies pouches.😆.  Also thank you to  lady who dropped off a bag of Hills pellets.😆.

VOLUNTEERS

Please consider helping me over December to feed the cats at the Leaping Frog. 

 

Carole Dike

0824242363

Help-A-Shelter, 3 November 2017

Help a Shelter are excited to announce the launch of a pet food drive in November.

This initiative will benefit rescue centres in the surrounding areas that are struggling with the influx of abandoned and unwanted dogs, especially over the up-coming holiday period.

Collection points will be set up around the Lonehill and Fourways area, details of which will be publicized next week on the LRA website.  We are appealing for organizations that can offer collection points in the Fourways & Lonehill area.

 

Rescue centres that will benefit from the food drive include:  PawsRus, The 9th Day Rescue, Maltese French Poodle and Yorkie Rescue SA, and 4Paws

We are also available to collect food in the surrounding areas.

Please help us to help those who have no voice.

Contact: Lisa 076 399 0696 or   Ursula  084 555 1400

Helpashelter.lisa@gmail.com  or  Helpashelter.ursula@gmail.com

 

Tip of the week:

Better food, less mess

To get your doggie in the healthiest condition, consider feeding a high quality dog food that is typically found at a specialty pet store.  Because these foods have less preservatives and fillers, your pet will excrete less waste. This makes the clean-up easier.  And your doggie will be much healthier with this more nutritious diet