Xmas 2011



Christmas / New Year - 2011 / 12



Well it’s that time of year once again, when everybody goes crazy, racing to spend their hard earned year-end bonuses. Save-a-Pet would like to take this opportunity to remind you that there are ±200 dogs and puppies plus a few cats and kittens that will be looking forward to their Christmas / New Year presents too. So we ask you to please spare a thought for the animals. Come along to the kennels with a box of dog biscuits for instance and see their eyes light up like your Christmas tree at home! We are open every day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day from 10.00am to 3.00pm. The animals will be cared for on those two days by the workers who drew the short straws!



Christmas came early at Save-a-Pet thanks to SMS Portal of Newton Park in Port Elizabeth, whose Marketing Manager, Louise Wolmarans rang our chairman, Dave Bath, and told him that they wished to make a donation to a project rather than a straight cash donation, Dave sent a list of four projects that needed funding namely;


1. Kennel extensions in Row 4

When Save-a-Pet moved into grounds of the old SPCA in Greenbushes in 2003, Mavis Smith, the founder, stated that no dogs would be moved into the kennels that had been built many years ago. The kennels were narrow and dark, a terrible place to keep an animal. We decided to remove adjoining vibracrete panels resulting in kennels space doubling in size. Later we would remove two or three rows of panelling with the result that kennels increased in size by up to four times the original size. We also decided that the kennels could be extended in front of the concrete kennels, twice the depth of the original kennels, using galvanised metal poles and wire mesh thus allowing the dogs so much more freedom.


2. Dog Exercising

Currently the dog walkers have to walk past most of the kennels leading to the dogs in these kennels getting unnecessarily upset. In conjunction with the kennel extensions, at the far end of each row of kennels there is a need to install gates to give easy access to the exercise area avoiding walking past all the other kennels and exciting and upsetting the other dogs.


3. New Kennels

Many of the wooden kennels need replacing despite being coated with a preservative.


4. Educational Booklets

The booklets are aimed at schoolchildren in the hope that when they are adults they will remember what they read in the book about how to treat and how not to treat their dogs. 




SMS Portal (continued)


Item 1 was selected by SMS Portal so Row 4 dogs have much more freedom early next year.




Photograph shows Martus van Wyk (SMS Portal) handing over the cheque to

Save-a-Pet Chairman, Dave Bath and volunteer Odette van Niekerk.

To all our members, pet sponsors, supporters and our corporate sponsors:-

All at Save-a-Pet wish you and your families A Wonderful Christmas and we look forward to your continued valuable support in 2012.












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Postal Address: Save-a-Pet,  P.O. Box 180, Hunter’s Retreat, Port Elizabeth, 6017.  

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Fireworks - Steps to take to protect your pet

We have put together e few guidelines to follow when it comes to animals and fireworks.

Read more: Fireworks - Steps to take to protect your pet


Boot Sale

                                            BOOT SALE - EVERY 1st SATURDAY OF THE MONTH

boot_sale_1aOur very popular Boot Sale is held on the 1st Saturday of every month and we will be there with everything you thought you would never find! Come along and join us in a lovely country setting and "spend" the whole morning with us.

If you've never been before you can always find us in the car park of The Elephant Walk Restaurant at Cows Corner, Colleen Glen.


boot_sale_2aWe open at 08h00 and end at 13h00. The Save-a-Pet "stalls" (2) sell a wide variety of goods from cheap clothes to household goods as well as delicious and very popular filled rolls donated by Eve and Bryn John and a range of cakes donated by Maureen Cowan. The restaurant is also open for breakfast, brunch or lunch and there is also a farm stall, leather and jewelry shops. Guys, whilst your dear lady is spending your money, the bar is open and caters for the big sporting events on "the dish".

                                  IF YOU WANT IT WE'VE PROBABLY GOT IT!

boot_sale_1bIf you want to sell items you will need to be there no later than 07h30. Our record number of sellers (boots) is 45, so you can tell that it's a very popular venue. There is no entrance fee - we ask all sellers to donate 10% of your takings to Save-a-Pet. We trust you not to cheat a charitable organisation.



New Animal Clinic


                         Clinic Reception                                              Theatre

Our big news is that our proposed animal clinic is really taking shape thanks to the efforts of numerous people. We are just adding the smaller items like soap dispensers, hair clippers and such like. Our computers have arrived and at this point we would like to give a huge “Thank You” to Dr. Hendrik De Swart of Otomys Software Solutions for their very kind donation of the MicroVet® Veterinary Medical Practice Management System that is needed by the clinic to capture all the personal customer and pet medical information. Our target to open the clinic has changed to the beginning of May 2007.


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