THE FORGOTTEN ONES CAMPAIGN | FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NO VOICE

We commenced running this campaign in 2017. With social media and the written word being as powerful as they are, every one of us who read this and then share it, help to make a difference in the lives of animals who have not been dealt a fair hand by humans. Animals have no voice – they depend on us to give them one.

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Each month thousands of unwanted dogs (and cats) are killed, having been brought to shelters by those who are unable to keep them for various reasons, or after they have been rescued from dire circumstances, yet were not able to be re-homed. The lucky ones are taken to shelters that have a no-kill policy, or they are rescued by organisations that believe every life counts.

 

Many of these rescued animals subsequently spend most of their lives in shelters or rescue-camps, unwanted and forgotten, because they are not the right breed, not pretty enough, they are amputees, or there is some other physical feature or disfigurement (usually inflicted by a person), that doesn’t fit the humans’ idea of doggy or cat perfection.

 

Breeders conduct thriving businesses while on the opposite end of the fulcrum lives are being snuffed-out senselessly. What is not (made) common knowledge, is that many dogs kept for breeding also live miserable, pitiful lives. They are confined in small cages, their paws never get to feel the grass and their little faces don’t know what sunlight is. They are breeding machines, viewed as objects, not as sentient beings.

 

Once too old, sickly or unable to produce anymore, they are killed or dumped at shelters or animal welfare organisations, where they too become THE FORGOTTEN ONES. If a person absolutely must obtain a pet from a breeder, (questionable, when the shelters are over flowing), the very least one can do is ask to see both the parents of the puppy (or kitten) being considered, to try and ensure that they are not supporting a puppy-mill. You should never acquire an animal via on-line trading.

 

THE FORGOTTEN ONES campaign assists in finding homes for these dogs who have been without loving homes, some for many years, and who truly deserve a second chance. They are not unwanted because they are bad dogs, they are unwanted because humans have failed them!

 

For each dog adopted via this platform, we will sponsor 1 sterilization – therefore 2 animals will benefit from 1 adoption. Using the formula that 1 female can be the root / beginning of 67,000 new dogs in a period of 6 years, sterilizing 2 dogs for each adopted dog that is profiled, means that together with the help of our owners and residents, we will have stopped a possible 268,000 unwanted animals from coming into this world.

 

Remember that no matter how much somebody loves you, there is a dog (or cat) out there somewhere that will love you more. #AdoptDontShop!

 

To meet these dogs or to sponsor a sterilization or kennel, or to enquire how to become more involved with this organisation, please contact them directly:

 

PETS – Pet Empowerment in Townships, contact Glenda Pickering at glendapickering@gmail.com or 082 901 0763.

 

Should you adopt a dog that we feature (please note that home checks and an application process apply to safe guard the dogs), kindly advise PETS of the source so that we can sponsor the sterilization.

The greatest privilege that comes with freedom of speech is using your voice for those who don’t have one – Ricky Gervais

To become more involved with this organisation, please contact them directly:

PETS – Pet Empowerment in Townships, contact Glenda Pickering at glendapickering@gmail.com or 082 901 0763.

MEET THE DOGS

BOIKI

Male

Approximately 2-3 years

Boiki is always happy and smiling, loyal and reliable, loving and appreciative.

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Boiki is one of the sweetest dogs, he is always happy and smiling, loyal and reliable, loving and appreciative, your every wish is his command and he brings joy wherever he goes.
Boiki has survived his harsh life in the township looking after himself and avoiding the dangers that everyday life brings to a dog on his own on the streets, he has lost sight in one eye but that doesn’t stop him from doing what he needs to do, he gets on with everybody and everything, nothing worries Boiki he makes life work for himself and seems not to have a care in the world. Boiki is about 2/3 years old and has seen and done things most dogs would not believe, he is truly an amazing dog and deserves a place to call his own if you can give him that special place for this very special dog please call me.

COOPER

Male

Around 3 years

Cooper is longing to be loved and have his own special place to call his own.

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Cooper had no home and wandered the streets of Orange Farm endlessly searching for food and water when one of the residents alerted us to his plight. He has been hit by a car at some stage of his life as he has an old fracture that has healed badly which forces him to walk strangely, he has lost some toes too and is in general a sad reflection of the life he has been forced to live for how long nobody knows.
Although Cooper has problems he doesn’t let them affect him, he is a regular dog keeping up with other dogs and loves to run and play in his own special way. He is about 3 years old and has suffered neglect and abuse for a long time, he is beginning to trust people and is longing to be loved and have his own special place to call his own. He gives his love freely and is good with people and other dogs and asks for nothing in return, if you can help this special boy please phone me.

BONGI

Male

Age TBC

Bingo is a wonderful young boy who is good with all dogs, people and children.

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Bongi is a wonderful young boy who is good with all dogs people and children, he is totally amazing full of fun with a special energy that lightens up the darkest day, he wants to please and to be loved and accepted by everybody and everything, his whole purpose in life is to be loved and to love, he hasn’t got a bad bone in his body and is very obedient wanting to do anything and everything so that he will be accepted.
Bongi was hurt when he was young as he was hit by a car, his leg reset without surgery but it doesn’t hurt him, he can use it quite normally but has an unusual “ walk,” which doesn’t affect him, he has been sterilized, vaccinated and dewormed
Bongi is sweet, loyal and caring asking for nothing but to belong to someone and to have a home to call his own ,if you can help this little dog you won’t regret it, Bongi is truly special and will bring love and happiness to your home, please call or email me.

JACKSON

Male

Approximately 18 months

Jackson likes people and is warm and friendly to everyone he meets.

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Jackson came to us when he was surrendered with his sister Suzie after being poisoned by a neighbour as his owner feared that he would be poisoned again. He was only very young but somehow survived and although very weak with careful nursing managed to regain his strength and today Jackson is a beautiful 18 month old healthy German Shepherd/cross boy. Jackson is good with other dogs but prefers larger breeds, he likes people and is warm and friendly to everyone he meets, he hasn’t been tested with cats but will be if necessary but his kind attitude to life suggests that there will not be a problem.
Jackson has no bad habits and is desperate to ‘please” and to be loved. his main mission in life is to be noticed but he does it quietly demanding very little in return. He loves to play alone or with his friends and doesn’t need to be entertained, he has a passion for life that is contagious and he will brighten up the darkest day.
If you are able to offer Jackson a home and plenty of love please contact me.

JAKE

Male

Approximately 2 – 3 years

Jake is a beautiful 2/3 years old black Labrador/cross with a passion for people.

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Jake is a beautiful 2/3 years old black Labrador/cross with a passion for people, he has a strong desire to ‘belong ‘ and to be loved and had to struggle to survive the harsh life he had in the township previously, sadly a year ago he was shot in the front leg with a bullet that shattered the bone, at first, we thought that Jake would lose his leg but with careful surgery and complimentary rehab at ‘Doggy Paddle’ in Chartwell his leg has been saved, and he has recovered and is ready to face a new life in a kinder environment. Jake is a “family dog“ in every way, he loves to be surrounded by people and other dogs, he likes action and activity and fits in with everything that is going on around him. He is friendly and forgiving, loyal and courageous, giving his love and kisses freely to anyone wanting them and has no problem in making friends with humans and other dogs wherever and whenever he meets them, Jake loves to play with his toys and shares easily and shows no aggression at meal times, he simply is a beautiful dog with an extra kind soul Jake hasn’t been tested with cats but will be if necessary, his friendly loving character, however, suggests that there will not be a problem, Jake just wants to be happy and to make all those that live with him happy too, there isn’t a bad bone in Jake’s body and whoever adopts him will be grateful that such a special boy came into their life, please contact me if you can offer Jake a home to call his own.

CHRIS

Male

Approximately 2 -3 years

Chris is a beautiful German Shepherd X who has been at the PETS shelter for far too long.

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Chris is a beautiful German Shepherd X who has been at the PETS shelter for far too long and doesn’t deserve to be forgotten. He is magnificent, good with all dogs and has no problems except for the fact that he has hip displacement in his left hip and deterioration of the spine, which simply means that he needs pain killers such as Previcox on a permanent or chronic basis. If he doesn’t receive his medication he will snap at anyone touching his sore areas, which is understandable.

 

Chris has been sterilized, vaccinated and dewormed. He hasn’t been tested with cats but will be if necessary. He is loving and friendly and simply wants to belong; to be able to relax and spend his days in the sun. He is longing to find his way “home”.

CHERRY

Female

Approximately 2 years

Cherry is a sweet 2 year old dog and is good with other dogs, humans and children.

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We knew Cherry when she was a puppy and called her Cherry because she had a “cherry eye” (which is a defect in the eye,) she had an operation and the problem was solved and baby Cherry went home. A year and a half later Cherry was abandoned and had nowhere to go, we were alerted to her plight and went to help her.

Cherry is a sweet 2 year old dog and is good with other dogs, humans and children. She is loving and forgiving having forgotten that her owners left her behind and the sorrow she must have felt to have known that she was not wanted. She is strong and confident and wants to please and to be a “good dog” she is eager to learn and responds quickly. Cherry desperately want to find her new home, a home where she won’t be left behind if her owners move a “forever home,” if you can give Cherry that special home please contact me.

GINGER

Male

Approximately 2 – 3 years

He is good with other dogs, humans and children and loves to be stroked and cuddled.

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Ginger was rescued by one of our volunteers while she was working in the township, she was shocked at his condition and the filthy cage that he was being kept in and persuaded the owners to surrender him, Ginger was surrendered and walked out of his cage into a new world a world he had never known before, a world full of love and caring and is gradually beginning to trust and to show affection, he had extremely bad mange when he was rescued which is gradually healing, his fur is growing and Ginger is becoming a very handsome 2/3 year old boy, he is good with other dogs, humans and children and loves to be stroked and cuddled Ginger needs to find a home as soon as possible as he gets depressed, he spent so long as a prisoner in that cage and needs to be able to run and play and to be and do the things he was not able to do when he was a puppy and growing up if you can help Ginger to find that special home please call me

REX

Female

Approximately 3 years

Rex is a magnificent +-3 year old girl, she is loyal, trusting and a wonderful companion.

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Rex is a magnificent +-3 year old girl, she had a bad life in the township but has managed to survive despite considerable obstacles and hardships, she gets on with most dogs and is good with people but doesn’t like cats, she is loyal, trusting and a wonderful companion. Rex enjoys being part of a family and longs to belong and to have a family of her own, she is eager to learn and learns quickly, she is a special dog that needs a special home and will bring a lot of joy and happiness to whoever it is that may adopt her. Rex needs a home where she can grow into the dog she was meant to be, she was on a chain most of her previous life and has had very little love and attention, she was often left without food, water and shelter but was and still is always happy and smiling with her own special doggy smile, she is a joy to greet in the morning or on your return home, if you can give this special girl a home she won’t disappoint you and it will be a decision you will never regret.

JJ

Male

Approximately 2-3 years

JJ has been at the PETS camp for a long time. He was found by someone after he had been run over.

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He was found by someone after he had been run over by a “hit and run” driver and brought to them for help. He has recovered from his injuries and now needs a place to call his home.

 

JJ is a lovely boy, but he doesn’t socialize well with all dogs, so PETS would prefer to home him alone. JJ will fill your home with love and happiness as he is full of fun and enjoys as much love as he can get, giving back more than is expected. He hasn’t been tested with cats but will be if necessary. He has been sterilized, vaccinated and dewormed and is ready to go to his new home as soon as possible, wanting only to be given a chance to show the world what a beautiful dog he is.

BRUNO

Male

Approximately 3 years

Bruno was one of PETS first “Dump Dogs”. He was without doubt the saddest dog PETS have ever seen.

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Bruno was one of PETS first “Dump Dogs”. He was abandoned by someone and left to fend for himself amidst piles of rubbish, rotting carcasses of dead animals and dirty “Pampers”. He was in a terrible condition and totally depressed when found; he could hardly lift his head with fear of what might happen to him if he did look us into someone’s eyes. He was without doubt the saddest dog PETS have ever seen.

 

His foster Mom adores him and would adopt him, but sadly cannot as she will be moving into a complex where she is unable to take him, she cannot. She says that he is good with other dogs and people and is amazing with children. He likes nothing better than to sit or lie next to her and feel her hand on his head or body while watching TV; he also loves to go for walks and is very obedient she says.

 

Bruno is a relaxed dog demanding very little but appreciates love and attention which he returns with passion. Bruno is a Labrador x, has been sterilized vaccinated. He is an escape artist so whoever adopts Bruno must have a safe home with high walls, although this habit gets less as he gets used to his environment his foster Mom says. He is a wonderful dog.

HOOCH

Male

Approximately 18 months

Hooch was an abandoned pup who has learnt love and has grown into the dog he is today.

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I cannot believe it has been a year since a shy, insecure and unsure, trying to act confident, pup named Hooch arrived for a house visit and stayed. Being his foster mom for the past 12 months, watching an abandoned, dumped pup discover love and grow into the dog he is today, a dog full of confidence and love for everything and everybody has been an adventure. The op to straighten his leg was huge for all concerned but it was successful and definitely worth all the expense, pain and trauma. Hooch has some cute habits that make him such a dear. To say “Thank you”, “I’m sorry” or just “hello” he likes to lick your nose or sniff your feet whichever is the closer. He is now waking me up during the night when he is cold and wants to be covered with a blanket, or on the rare occasion when he needs to go outside (which he dared not do for the first 8 months or so, holding it in till morning, probably thinking that if he did he would not be allowed to come back inside the house). He has a favourite spot to lie in the mornings, but waits for me to put a blanket down first, between the kitchen and the bedrooms, in the middle of the action where he can catch some sun.
As much as Hooch loves food, he now knows that the other dogs’ food is not for him even if they walk off leaving their bowls, with food in, unattended. He loves tummy rubs, basically any affection and will stop what he is doing just to enjoy the love you are giving him.

SAMMY

Male

Approximately 5-6 years

Sammy is good with other dogs, cats, people and children, there isn’t a bad bone in his body.

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Sammy was found in the streets of the township by one of our team, he is an older dog about 5 to 6 years old and has had a hard life wherever he came from, he was obviously not wanted by his previous owner and was forced to roam the streets in search of food and shelter, he was in a shocking condition when he was found with an eye infection and mange all over his body but with plenty of TLC he has become a friendly happy boy just longing to have a place in the sun to call his own Sammy is good with other dogs, cats, people and children, there isn’t a bad bone in his body, he has been badly neglected in the past and craves love and attention and will do anything to get it Sammy is a sweet dog that deserves a second chance at happiness. If you are able to help Sammy please contact

SUZIE

Female

Approximately 2 years

Suzie is friends with other dogs and has no problems getting to know them.

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Suzie was surrendered to “Pets” with her brother Blackie by her owners, she had been given away by other people on countless occasions and really didn’t know who she belonged to, she wasn’t abused but was seriously neglected and malnourished, she was scared of everything and had obviously had very little or no human contact her entire life, she was a watch dog for her owners and nothing more
Suzie is a sweet dog about 2 years old, full of love and gratitude for her new life, she is friends with other dogs and has no problems getting to know them and is exceptionally good with people, she really is a kind soul and only wants to please, she loves attention and will do anything to get it, she hasn’t been tested with cats but will be if necessary
Suzie needs a home of her own, she has been moved from one place to another her whole life and longs to belong to someone and to know that she is not going to be abandoned again, if you can offer Suzie a home she will not disappoint you, she will be loyal and give you unconditional love and bring so much happiness into your life

TOBY

Male

Approximately 1 – 2 years

Today Toby has recovered from his harsh past life and has become loving and kind.

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Toby is a “dump dog” a dog that was found starving but surviving on the garbage in the townships, how he got there and managed to survive no one can explain as life on the “dumps” is dangerous, full of hazards, pain and suffering, he was possibly born there and left there by his Mom when her own survival became more important than her puppy’s Today Toby has recovered from his harsh past life and has become a loving kind and gentle 1/2 years old boy who seems to have forgotten his miserable life on the “Dumps” and is eager to start his new life, a life full of hope and happiness. Toby loves people and gets on well with other dogs, he hasn’t been tested with cats but will be if it’s necessary but we don’t anticipate that there will be a problem as he is a gentle boy
Toby really needs a “Break” all his life he has been chased away from everywhere he
wanted to go and be and lived a dreary, lonely life of belonging to no-one and welcome nowhere, he is longing to be noticed and to have a home of his own if you are able to give Toby his special home please contact me.