Dear Animal Lovers
Well we certainly haven’t been twiddling our thumbs since our last newsletter. We are forever trying to improve the standard of the kennels/cattery. To this end Marlene Deneeghere our VC and education guru initiated a training programme for the kennel and clinic workers.
This will ensure that the kennels/cattery and clinic operates at the highest standard of cleanliness and efficiency. This has been followed by a course on dog handling and how to monitor for specific problems in both health and behaviour. A similar programme is being set up in relation to the cats. On the Clinic front we sadly had to say goodbye to Melinda our vet. She has left to fulfil her dream and has now set up her own practice.
We are currently using a part-time locum but fortunately we have been able to find a qualified and experienced young vet who is keen to work within the NPO environment. She has excellent credentials and will be working on a full time basis which we desperately need with the increased number of animals we have to deal with. We are very excited and can’t wait for her to start on the 14 January next year. Bring it on!
Rock N Roll Night
What a fantastic night was had by all those who joined us on Friday 26 October at the Sandbaai Hall. Omega Ltd, the iconic rock band from the 70s and 80s, wowed us all with the hits we loved to dance to. They blasted off with a Chuck Berry hit, Roll-Over Beethoven and everyone was up and rocking the night away. Even when the clock chimed midnight, they did not want to stop.
Still all good things must come to an end. You had better book your tickets for next year NOW, it will be a sell-out! Our thanks to Ann from Tulip Café and Julia from Moggs for the fabulous food provided, Carole Dods for organizing and hosting the band, Talitha for designing the funky posters and finally all volunteers that helped. A meow and woof, woof thank you to you all!
Sponsor A Kennel/Cattery
Call: 028-312 1281 to sponsor a Kennel/Cattery
As you can see a lot of fun is had at our fundraising events and that is what we strive to achieve. However not many people stop to think about all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. Believe me there are many sleepless nights not only to set it up but the concern at whether the balance is correct and it is going to make the money that we desperately need to keep going.
We cannot take our eye off the ball. There always needs to be another fundraiser another idea to make money and another request for your support, another way to try and reduce costs, how can we get more animals adopted? If we don’t then we will have to close our doors and what will happen to all those wonderful animals we have and the others still waiting for our help?
Despite the sterilization programme we run and the sponsored spayathon that take place several times a year, we are still losing the fight. The number of puppies and kittens that have come through our doors this year is unbelievable. Despite regular adoptions we currently have 30 tiny kittens. It is nothing unusual to have three mummies with a total of 11 kittens plus come in and 10 puppies with 2 mums. That is over a weekend alone! Due to the increase in the cost of living a lot more people are surrendering their animals. Their furry faithful friends that have been part of their families for the last 5 years or more! The animals are bewildered and lost, it is heart-breaking and they are depending on us.
Educational Outreach Program
Our educational outreach programme at the Just Care centre in Mt Pleasant continues to blossom under the capable hands of Tanya Cohen. With the recent protests many of the children have been frightened for themselves and their pets.
Tanya decided to help them understand their fears by acting out the story of Mia the lost cat. With all the noise from people protesting, Mia became very frightened and ran away. After some time she was lost and bewildered and could not find her way home. With her face painted as a cat, Tanya created the persona of Mia and related to the children what had happened. Why she was scared, where she had hidden and the reason she could not get to safety. Why she was still afraid after being brought home and relating their fear to the cat’s fear. She also advised the children what to do with their animals if it happens again and how to keep them safe.
The children loved it.
Recycle For HAWS
It left us all in a dilemma when the recycling plant was burnt down. Well hope is on the way with the opening and upgrading of the recycling unit in Argon Street. We are currently in discussion to have a Bring and Pay facility for HAWS. You will be able to drop off your recycling at the plant in Argon St, register it under the HAWS name and Haws will receive payment to help towards our cause. We will update you with further details when it is all set up so please wait until we advise you. DO NOT take your recycling to the kennels as we have no facility there for it.
Another Successful Golf Day
Our annual golf day was held on Friday 19 October at the Hermanus Golf Club. The weather was ideal, spirits were high and we had a full house. Thank you again to all the wonderful participants, both players and sponsors. Names of all sponsors were published on our Facebook page and at the event. Without their support we could not have raised the fabulous sum of R108000.
A huge thank you also to Cheryl Richardson who organised the day and put her heart and soul into it to ensure its success. Not forgetting the other HAWS committee members who played their part.
Christmas Gifting from HAWS - Why Not?
Thinking of Christmas? Well don’t forget the HAWS Welfare Shop in Mitchell Street. They have lots of goodies that would make excellent presents for your friends and family. All at reasonable prices too. Go browse and buy next time you are in town. Just think you will also be helping to feed one of our dogs and cats. Give them a happy Christmas too.
At our kennels in Steenbras St, we are also selling our funky Haws T shirts, made especially for us. They are R220 per T and available in various sizes, colours and with different wording. Go see before stocks run out. They would make an ideal gift for a dog/cat loving friend or relative.
WOOLWORTHS MySchool Card
We are now an approved charity on Woolworths My School card.
PLEASE make HAWS one of your three allowed Beneficiaries
Think About Leaving A Little Something in Your Will
Help our animals through the years and leave a bequest in your Will to Haws .... PLEASE????