Located close to Johannesburg, FORA is one of the biggest animal shelters in Gauteng. More than four hundreds dogs and nearly 150 cats have a temporary shelter at the Friends of Rescued Animals' property.
FORA's motto is "Endless hope, not a hopeless end!" and they do their best to achieve this goal!
While the animals are waiting for their forever home, the shelter management works hard to guarantee a livable stay for each animal. There is however a lot to do, so please come and help! Every volunteer is warmly welcomed and some of the kennels and runs are equipped with toys for the animals so you can play with them all day long, but they love it even more when you take them out for a walk outside of the enclosures.
Please contact FORA for further information about volunteering and adopting on 072 413 5364.
ARF! Hey, hello! Hello there! I am here! No,...please stay – hello, hello? Oh no. Could we not at least have given it a try? – But hey, there's someone new! And – can't believe it – yeah, just come in, be my guest!
Okay, showtime! Ready to rock, go for broke. Oh, that's a nice person. Fondles me, gives me some treats and we're taking a walk in the field. The Wetnose Animal Rescue Center, that is how they all call this place where I´m staying; it is a really tidy shelter with a big open field in the midst of trees and bushes. I love feeling the soft grass under my paws, sniffing all the interesting smells.
Over there I see that stupid black sausage dog, my arch enemy. He's so lordly, sniffing his long nose at all of us crossbreeds. But not now, I won't quarrel with him now.
And then we're going back, you and me, heading for the kennels. I'm slowing down, resisting as much as possible, you will have to drag me. No, please not, please! A big teardrop rolls down my snout.
But suddenly you pause and are talking to one of the clerks while stroking me. It takes a long time – and I'm so excited! May I stay with you? Yes? – Yes!!! I'm jumping into your car, so happy, barking joyfully. You really won't regret having adopted me!!! Written by Kathi Backa
Think dogs are running on instinct only looking out for themselves? Think again.
A Moving Tale: On April 29, 2007 in New Zealand, a 9 year old Jack Russell named George gave his life to save five children in New Zealand from an attack by vicious fight dogs. The kids were walking home from the candy store accompanied by George when the fight dogs barraged and cornered them. Despite his clear disadvantage in both size and strength, George refused to let the dogs get to the children, charging, jumping on, and biting them. Sadly, George sustained fatal injuries from the encounter; however, his heroic efforts distracted the attack dogs and allowed the children to reach safety. George has since been awarded the 2009 PDSA Gold Medal and Britain's highest animal bravery honor (which had previously only been given to trained police dogs), given a Purple Heart from a US Vietnam veteran, and a statue has been erected in his memory.
"That he weighed into a couple of dogs considerably larger than himself, clearly to protect a child, is just a most amazing act and needs to be recognized," animal protection society's chief executive, Robyn Kippenberger, told The Associated Press.
Primarily used as hunting dogs in the 1800s, rousing groundhog, badger, and fox from their dens, Jack Russell Terriers were bred for intelligence, agility, and (as the story above illustrates) bravery. Due to their strong hunting instinct, we would not recommend leaving your Jack Russell charge of your pet bunny, bird, or whatever other small creature you fancy.
Touting a soft, primarily white coat and hardy small body, Jack Russells can have tan, black or brown markings. These small warriors can live to over 15 years old, and they are generally less susceptible than many other breeds to disease and health problems. These dogs are highly trainable thanks to their keen sense of focus and drive, and they have been used in various movies and television shows (i.e. Wishbone). Common terms used to describe Jack Russells include cheerful, spirited, obedient, fearless, and playful.
While their small stature, 25-38cm, makes them a perfect fit in most any home, it is crucial that Jack Russells are exercised daily. These dogs are often very energetic, able to jump over 5 feet high, so they require frequent mental and physical stimulation so as to avoid boredom and the subsequent destructive behaviors they resort to entertain themselves. We recommend you find a large area where you can let your friend run and play with toys, but be sure to only allow them off lead once they are well-trained. Jack Russells will love any athletic activity; they were bred to work, so any task or game to occupy their keen minds will make your Jack Russell a happy pooch.
Because of their above average intelligence, it is important that Jack Russell owners make it clear to their new furry friends that the human is pack leader. Without efficient leadership and socialization, your Jack Russell will decide he is the bee’s knees and running the show! It is also imperative that all owners and their children know not to mistreat or tease a Jack Russell as these little guys don’t take abuse from anyone (no matter the size), and this can quickly lead to aggressive behavior. With an experienced, firm hand and healthy limitations, your FurKid will be a fantastic family member and upstanding canine citizen!
Some celebrities who have owned Jack Russells include Lindsay Lohan, Mariah Carey, Serena Williams, Paul McCartney, and Prince Charles.
The Jack Russell is a very popular breed, which is no surprise due to their naturally adorable and friendly nature; however, this leaves so many in disproportionately high numbers homeless. Many shelters are packed with these sweethearts and their crossbreed friends. So, if you are thinking about adopting a dog, or know someone who is, be sure check out the Jack Russell Terrier. It may well be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made and best friends you’ve ever had.
HAWS ANIMAL ANTHEM
Some of us are young
Some of us are older
Some of us are shy and scared
While some of us are bolder
Some of us are independent
Some need extra care
Some of us will greet new people
A few of us say 'beware!'
Some of us have tons of energy
Some of us prefer the couch
Some of us like kids pulling on us
Others of us would say 'ouch!'
Some of us are big and fluffy
Some are small and frail
Some of us would love go on a walk
And some will get the mail
We are all unique- us dogs and cats
A different path we roam
Many sizes, shapes, and colors
But we all want a loving home
We lost our families and wait at HAWS
For someone to come along
To take us home and call us family
We want a place to belong
In the meantime we wait and wonder
Out here in the dust and sun
"Who will be my new best friend?"
Perhaps you'll be the one...
Check out all the new animals at Haartbeespoort Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) and call Salome or Tania on 076 455 0322 to find out more about one of them!
Here they are! All of these super sweet pups and dogs are looking forward to finding their forever home! They are sweet, playful and well socialized and adjused litte sweethearts, just have a look and you will fall in love with every single one of them! For more information about one of them and to visit, contact Ark Animal Centre on 082 334 7596 click here to see all their adorable boys and girls up for adoption.
Visiting animal shelters can be very distressing for some people. They walk down the rows of kennels and all they see are sad faces looking up at them. They find it very difficult to choose the right animal for them and their family because they want to help all of the animals, which unfortunately is just not possible.
The Anti Animal Cruelty League of Bellville is a wonderful shelter to visit. The staff is very welcoming and the shelter's smaller size will make the adopting process less overwhelming for you. The layout is very simple so you will get a chance to give every animal the consideration they deserve. They also have lovely free-runs where you can spend time and get to know your potentially new companion.
You will not regret a visit to AACL Bellville and we wish you all the luck in finding your FurKid! We know you will find what you need!
For more information please contact Alma/Helen at the AACL in Bellville on 021 951 3010.
Animal Welfare Society of Stellenbosch has many new dogs and puppies that are all adorable and are truly amazing canines. Every personality is unique and lovable and we know that they will all make excellent companions for you and your family.
Adopting a dog will save a life and will enrich another. You cannot replace the love and friendship that will grow between you and your four-legged furry friend.
Dogs found at dog shelters are some of the most loving and grateful to be rescued pals you will ever find. Many are there because of a death in the family, change in lifestyle, lack of interest, a family move that won't permit a dog and a host of other reasons that in no way impact on the desirability of the family dog that is now sitting in a cold kennel.
Come meet the dogs at Animal Welfare Society of Stellenbosch and we know that you will find your forever FurKid!
For more information, please contact the AWS on 021 886 4901