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Exciting News!


Dear FurKidz Friends!
Exciting times are ahead! We are busy upgrading the FurKidz website drastically!
Please bear with us, this process, will only take a few weeks and once the upgrade is done, you will find super up-to-date postings of all the shelter dogs and cats looking for homes throughout SA, as well as many interesting articles and other new, fun stuff.
Thank you so much for making adoption your option!
The FurKidz Team

Chip for Cheaper!


A lot of us feel that to microchip your animal is a waste of time as people who pick them up don’t take them to the vet to check if they are chipped. A lot say a collar is the best way to identify an animal. The BEST is to have BOTH. A collar AND a micro-chip!

I sat at the vet over the December / January holidays and I watched people bringing in strays, one by one. Each stray was scanned. If they were not chipped they went into a small cage in the vet hospital and sat there for a week, two, even three weeks. The ones that were chipped were reunited with their owners within 30 minutes of the phone call being made.

There is NO reason why you should not chip your pet. When they stray you get them back to stay!

Are you aware that an unsterilised male dog is highly likely to escape from his yard and be picked up off the street as a stray and put in a shelter or pound? Jack Russell’s are the KINGS of this behaviour!! Are you also aware that the rates of pets being stolen in SA are increasing at an alarming rate? Stolen for security, dog fighting, breeding, food etc

What happens if your pet is stolen? The collar is immediately removed off your dog. If someone finds her or buys her off the thieves how would you know? If you see a post on Facebook and THINK it MIGHT be her how would you prove that SHE is YOUR dog? There might be no distinctive markings to prove her as yours. Photos could be of any similar looking dog…. If she is microchipped the problem is solved right then and there. A lot of dogs look very similar. If your black Dachshund goes missing and you pop into the SPCA to see if he is there how can you prove to the welfare institution that he is DEFINITELY your dog when they have 40 others sitting there that look the same? People who pick up strays in the street are not just going to hand the dog over to just anyone who claims the dog is theirs, all lost and found posters state “Proof of ownership required” and a blurry pic of 6 years ago when your dog was a puppy is NOT proof.

The fees of micro-chipping in SA are high and I have had a lot of people complain that they cannot afford to microchip and sterilise and vaccinate etc – it just starts to amount to too much. For a limited time only, we are offering pets micro chipping at reduced costs, affordable to the majority of pet owners. It can be done in the comfort of your own home or you can bring the animals to the shelter to have it done.

Chipping cost: ONLY R150.00 per animal



10 Things you did not know about your dog!

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A dog is a man's best friend but how much do we actually know about our furry fellas? New researches and studies reveal surprising facts, which will give you a whole new perspective on our faithful companions. 

1.    Dogs yawn contagiously when they see their owner yawn. A study also shows that dogs yawn out of empathy, which means the yawning is emotional (PLOS ONE Journal).

2.    Statistics suggest that there are more than 9 million pet dogs in South Africa, more than in France.

3.    Dogs cannot only recognize familiar faces on images but they can also read people's facial expressions. They are able to conclude if you are happy, sad, angry etc. (Animal Cognition Journal).

4.    Dogs are able to sniff out testicle and other sorts of cancer with an accuracy of 99%. This is more precise than any human-built scanner. Using their incredible sense of smell dogs are trained with blood samples of cancer patience.

5.    A new study from Vienna, Austria, suggests that the relationship between a dog and its owner is strikingly similar to a parent-child relationship. Adult dogs behave to their owners like children to their parents.

6.    Dogs have a slightly higher body temperature than humans. The average body temperature of a dog is between 38°C and 39°C.

7.    The nose print of a dog is as distinctive as a human's fingerprint. The dog can be precisely identified by it.

8.    An American study reveals that around 1 million dogs were named primary beneficiary in their owners will.

9.    A new study on the brain of dogs suggests that dogs have emotions very similar to humans, which makes dogs capable of love and affection.

10.  Dogs can easily overheat, as they don't have an efficient perspiration system. They only sweat underneath their paws. These are the only glands they have. 


Featured FurKidz: AWS Philippi

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These wonderful Furkidz are all at the Animal Welfare in Philippi. All of them have been there for many weeks and long for a place to call home. The Animal Welfare of South Africa has been in existence since 1929 and has a brand new administrative building, houses a busy veterinary clinic and has well kept kennel facilities. The cattery is also new and many other ugrades are in progress. There is lots of greenery and large free run area`s for the doggies. So come and visit, don`t forget these FurKidz just because of their location!

Click here to see all of Philippi`s FurKidz still waiting for homes, browse through them, you will find all ages, sizes, breeds and colours! Please open your hearts and homes for them!

Call Marinda on 021 692 2626 for more information

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Ambassador for the voiceless!


What is LLF?                          llf_logo

The Lucky Lucy Foundation is a Non-Profit, Pro-life, Pro-Quality of Life organization that tries to relieve the plight of severely neglected and abused township and street animals, but also socially uplifts and educates destitute and impoverished children and people in and around Cape Town, and has been improving the lives of animals and families since its inception in 2010.

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What is LLF´s vision?

LLF envisage a respected and educated society with healthy, sterilized, happy and fed animals, where there is no more inhumanity, cruelty and neglect. Lucky Lucy Team is giving hope to the hopeless and showing our society that every life matters.

What does LLF do?

LLF makes every effort to reach every destitute, impoverished and poor individual in every community that they work in and in doing so they enter into a conversation on their level, respecting them and understanding their situation. The importance of sterilization, feeding, clean water, primary health care like vaccinations, deworming etc. is thoroughly explained and once understood they show them what the results can be when it is done.

LLF has a plan to build:
a rescue and rehabilitation centre not only for animals but for people too
• a free of charge animal hospital on LLF's farm
an upliftment, education and training centre
a children's hospital for kids between the ages of 0-5.


What does LLF aim at?

LLF is focused on getting as many animals sterilized as they possibly can to prevent an increase of animals in already over-populated areas. Society spends millions on eliminating (euthanizing) unwanted animals but this is a quick solution and does not solve the issue long term.

On a weekly basis, LLF visits the poorest communities -- not only to help the dogs and cats but to help the people and children as well. Every pet owner who gives LLF their animals for sterilization will receive food for their animals as well as for themselves every few weeks. The animals that LLF rescue are brought to the LLF farm. Here, the animals receive the proper rehabilitation to become perfect companions in order to be re-homed more successfully.

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One of LLF mottos is "EDUCATION NOT CONFISCATION – teaching of justice, respect and compassion for all life!" People in poorer communities do not have the necessary knowledge. The children learn this desensitized way of life that they can harm, hurt or kill, yet remain indifferent. They become accustomed to pain and suffering. Cruelty becomes routine and animal abuse prevents these children from developing empathy. By teaching them another way of life, a change will occur. LLF teaches individuals life skills, like vegetable gardening, woodworking etc. which they can use to create employment and therefore instilling responsibility; they can start caring for themselves, their families and their animals. LLF uplifts these communities by giving, not only time but also the materials needed.

They have a goal of "not confiscating and euthanizing but educating and sterilizing", which means in the long run that fewer shelters will be full and less euthanasia will take place. This may take more time and cost a bit more financially but the long term effect it will have on our society is what matters.

MuttMix: Drum Roll Please!

noodle_muttmix "We'd like to continue making mutt's more 'acceptable', so that these unique creatures can find good, loving homes. With a MuttMix 'pedigree', the dog is no longer just a mixed breed, but something special - a unique blend of special characteristics that's better than any pure breed!" Richard Johnson, Director, MuttMix

The swabbing had occurred. The samples had been posted. The 4-6 week waiting period had passed. I opened my emails to find one from the MuttMix team, announcing the test results - this was it! This was the moment when the great Noodle mystery would be solved. I opened the first attachment and read: Read more...

MuttMix: Testing Noodle

"We'd like to continue making mutt's more 'acceptable', so that these unique creatures can find good, loving homes. With a MuttMix 'pedigree', the dog is no longer just a mixed breed, but something special - a unique blend of special characteristics that's better than any pure breed!" Richard Johnson, Director, MuttMix

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In this, the second part of our three-part series about MuttMix, the test kit has arrived and it's time to make the second step in finding out just what Noodle might be. Read more...

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