LLF News April 2018

2018-04-10 at 20:31

Dear LLF Supporters

As the winter months approach we are forced to reflect over a cup of coffee, cocoa or tea and take a moment to review the first quarter of 2018 that seems to have sped by.

It has been a very difficult first quarter for everyone and particularly welfare, we made another 83 animals (42 cats and 41 dogs) part of our family. Some cases were severe cruelty cases and unwanted cats and dogs were left behind without food or water when people moved to other homes. Non-pet-friendly accommodation continues to contribute to a large number of animals being abandoned and ending up in shelters and the problem keeps escalating with no foreseeable solution in the near future.

The Lucky Lucy Foundation currently have a total of 476 animals in our care and we pride ourselves as we are able to give them the best care we possibly can. From the 1st of January 2018 until the 31st of March 2013, 49 of our animals (26 cats and 23 dogs) found themselves loving and caring families and our wish for the next quarter is to double that figure.

We are inundated on a daily basis with requests to assist cats and dogs in need but what people don’t see and realise is the hard work and emotional investment that goes into the care of every cat and dog at our facility. Volunteers and staff work long hours during the week and over weekends, some days of 10 hours or more. The passion and love of these dedicated people is commendable and we have no way to express our gratitude for their unselfish dedication to these animals.

People need to realise that although we wish we could assist with all the abandoned, distressed or abused animals it is just not humanly nor financially possible for us to assist them all, not with our current financial situation. We are solely dependent on donations from the public and we do not receive any funding from Government. This sanctuary – the little piece of Heaven for the animals in our care is made possible by amazing donors and supporters like yourselves and we are proud and honoured to have you as part of our family – thank you for believing in the work we do and supporting us.

We once again want to take the opportunity to thank our amazing vets who never hesitate to assist any of our animals and we can never thank them enough for their dedication and passion. To our dedicated volunteers who assist every Saturday and Sunday – early morning till late evening – we would like to say a very special thank you for the passion you have for all of our cats – feral, semi-feral or tame and dogs they are all grateful for the love.

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for the caring of a loving heart. Please keep our rescues in your thoughts and heart this winter and may the Cape be blessed with the rain we so desperately need.

with thanks
LLF Management Team

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Recent Stories

The 1st of April 2018 had no jokes in store for us …

It was a busy weekend again for everyone at our Sanctuary as the requests for emergencies kept pouring in. We lost one puppy from our Kalbaskraal Community that was run over and declared brain dead by our vet upon arrival. The kindest thing we could do for Junior (as he was called by his family) was to humanely euthanize him.


Another emergency was an anemic kitten we are extremely concerned about. He has since tested negative for Feline Aids and Feline Leukemia and we are watching him closely as he has some difficulty breathing.


Another busy weekend where our amazing vet, Dr Sanel Lourens yet again gave so selflessly of her time. The kindness, compassion and empathy she displays towards our animals is truly commendable. No amount of words will ever be able to express how grateful we are to have her as part of the Lucky Lucy family.


We cannot over emphasize that although we wish we could assist with all the cases brought to our attention about abandoned, distressed or abused cats it is just not humanly nor financially possible for us to assist them all. We currently have 477 animals (cats and dogs) in our care who remain our priority. We are solely dependent on donations from the public and we DO NOT receive any funding from Government. The 1% increase in VAT is going to increase our monthly expenses and that will stretch us even further financially.


The outstanding balance on our current vet bills is R63,773 and we would truly appreciate any donation towards the balance. Deposits can be made directly to:

Bergzicht Animal Hospital Malmesbury,
ABSA Bank,
Account number 4063812698,
Branch Code 334307
Reference 4833


Please email the proof of payment to contact@luckylucy.org in order for us to personally thank you for your kindness and generosity.

EMERGENCY HOUR WITH THREE FERAL KITTENS IN OUR CARE


The moments most people never see on our page let alone are aware of, some days are more difficult than others and sometimes our emotions run extremely high. Our amazing vet Dr Andries Groenewald had to assist three of our feral kittens yesterday when they stopped eating. Sedation was no option as that would drop their already compromised immune systems so each kitten was handled with extreme care to minimize their stress during treatment.
Linguine, Fettuccine and Tagliatelle each received subcutaneous fluids, a vitamin injection and an immune booster.


We are inundated on a daily basis with requests to assist cats in need but what people don’t see and realize is the hard work and emotional investment that goes into the care of every cat at our facility. Volunteers work long hours during the week and over weekends, some days are 10 hours or more. The passion and love of our dedicated volunteers is commendable and we have no way of saying thank you for your unselfish dedication to these animals.


Our Cattery staff consists of four permanent staff members (Thandi, Buyiswa, Kingwell and Steve) with Thandi who is fully trained to do the medication. People need to realize that although we wish we could assist with all the cases brought to our attention about abandoned, distressed or abused cats it is just not humanly nor financially possible for us to assist them all. We are solely dependent on donations from the public and we do not receive any funding from Government. This sanctuary – the little piece of Heaven for the cats in our care is made possible by amazing donors and supporters like yourselves.


We have amazing vets who will never hesitate to assist any of our animals and we can never thank them enough for their dedication and passion. To our dedicated volunteers who assist every Saturday and Sunday – early morning till late evening – we would like to say a very special thank you for the passion you have for all of our cats – feral, semi-feral or tame they are grateful for the love too.

Our extremely special boy named Ghandi.

Ghandi has seen the eye specialist and it has been confirmed that he is completely blind in both eyes. We will do a special story on this boy – one that will make you realise that although you think life ain’t treating you right you have no idea how unfair life can actually be.


If you have been brutally broken, but still have the courage to be gentle to others then you deserve a love deeper than the ocean itself. (Nikita Gill)

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Outreach

On Saturday, 3 March 2018 The Lucky Lucy Foundation did an Outreach for the community of Klipvlei Farm (just off the N7 Highway) who are in dire need of assistance with parasite control and the sterilization of their animals.

The week before we had to remove two of their puppies who were positively diagnosed with severe cases of Parvo. This was extremely heart breaking having to go back and inform these families that their puppies had suffered enough and we had to do the kindest thing for them which was send them to Heaven. Parvo and distemper are two of the most serious diseases un-vaccinated puppies can get and the prognosis is seldom good, particularly if left untreated for an extended period.


This is a small community with 21 dogs and 14 cats and again we were struck by how quickly unsterilized animals can contribute to the overpopulation of animals in a small community never mind a large one. A complete census was done of all the animals, all their dogs were dipped for ticks and fleas and food was distributed with some blankets for the animals. The most amazing news was that none of these families surrendered any of their animals to our Sanctuary which normally happens on an Outreach.


We had to take 3 dogs into our care for treatment – one with a stab wound (they suspect drug users coming onto their property during the night), one with Sarcoptic mange and the other with a serious injury to his genitals. They will go back to their families once they have completed their treatment and are sterilized.


Outreach is not for the faint hearted, nor the judgmental. This Community are so grateful for the assistance they receive and their tears are genuine when an animal does not survive or tests positive for any dreadful disease. Sometimes these communities are judged because they don’t have the extra money to pay for sterilization and medical emergencies but if you take a minute and meet these people and their beloved animals your whole perspective will change – all these animals are so well socialized and have absolutely awesome personalities. When their tails wag when they see their owners again and they cannot stop showing affection , then you realize the special bond between owner and pet – they are not kept to guard premises they are part of a family who love them.


All too often these pets are unwanted animals from the affluent areas where they had to make space for a new kitten or puppy, or where they were given away because of non-pet friendly accommodation, relationship break ups, allergies, emigration or an irresponsible pet owner who wanted that one litter or just did not sterilize their pet.


Although Outreach can be heart breaking at times it can be so rewarding when you volunteer in these communities and experience and admire the bond between animal and their human. As part of an Outreach Project – you not only change the life of an animal but you change the life of their owner. We need to be the change we want to see, we cannot look the other way when they need us. We want to sterilize, vaccinate and microchip every animal within this community should we get the funding to make this reality. If you want to become part of this initiative then please feel free to sponsor an animal at R350 once off. We use every opportunity to educate all the adults and children in this community regarding the proper care of their animals, ensuring they respect each one of them and we invite you as our supporters to please come with us next time we visit them.


Every animal will be de-wormed and receive tick and flea treatment once they are sterilized. This Community is dedicated to our sterilization program and will make sure that no new animals join families on the property without informing us – this way we will be prepared and prevent unwanted litters.

Please consider sponsoring any one of the following life changing items:

(1) Sterilization @ R350
(2) Flea Treatment Frontline Spray 100ml @ R329 per bottle
Frontline Spray 250ml bottle @ R549 per bottle
Frontline Spray 500ml bottle @ R849 per bottle
(3) Deworming : Quantel @ R25 per tablet


Financial contributions can be made to :

Directly into our Bank Account :
Lucky Lucy Foundation,
Standard Bank,
Current Account number 410514039,
Cape Gate Branch Code: 023910 or universal 051001

Or into our Vet Account :
Bergzicht Animal Hospital Malmesbury
Absa Account 4063812698,
Branch code 334307,
Ref LLF4833

OR
DONATE VIA PAYPAL: accounts@luckylucy.org

Please e-mail proof of payment & contact details to contact@luckylucy.org or fax to 0865606775 in order that we can personally thank each donor for their kindness and generosity.

Please remember to contact us at contact@luckylucy.org should you require a TAX Certificate for any donation made.

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When your pet gives you that “I’m HUNGRY Look”

WE URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP getting food bowls filled up PLEASE


We assist with feeding several feral feeding stations in and around Cape Town and we are also committed to feeding projects in the communities of the Bricks, Klipvlei Farm, Philadelphia and Kalbaskraal areas. However, we have now exhausted our Outreach food supply and we do not have any food to feed these cats and dogs that are staying in these communities.


On a daily basis we try and assist pet owners to help feed their pets who would otherwise go hungry. We help them so that they are not forced to give their pets to a shelter just because they cannot afford to feed them. These families really try their best but in some instances they are forced to feed their animals vegetable peels cooked in a broth and that is given with pap.


We know that times are really tough for all of us at the moment and although these pet owners try their best to give their pets what they can afford we realise it is just not enough and they really need everyone’s assistance. Please help us again in helping to keep pets and their families together by donating any of the following food items please:


Dry Cat Food
Wet Cat Food (sachets and tins)
Dry Dog Food
Wet Dog Food (gravy and tins)

Food donations can be dropped off at the Lucky Lucy Farm

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Fund Raising

#TekkieTax is all about making a difference in the lives of vulnerable animals & people.
You can also make a difference by donating R20 to any of the 5 sectors – it depends on where your heart lies. Just sms A, B, C, D or E to 43710. Do it now … 
#leavealittlesparkle #wearyoursparkle #itsakindofmagic #tekkietaxusa #protectingthevulnerable

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Up for Adoption

Angus our amazing boy … watching all the activity from a bush in alCATraz.

Life is all about relaxation and cuddles…
you will never be abandoned again! The next phase in your life is to find you a loving, caring and committed family! To adopt Angus email: adoption@luckylucy.org

What an unlikely friendship: Josephine (+/- 2 years old), a big burly gentle Saint Bernard and Skollie (+/- 4 years old), a lively little JR terrier are the best of mates. Found together on a farm outside Malmesbury, they are now ready to go to their forever home.
It would be ideal if they could find a home together, as they are very bonded and keep each other out of mischief For more information email: adoption@luckylucy.org

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Gone but not forgotten

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Adopted

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Volunteering

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Thank You!

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Thank You for your support!

Lucky Lucy Farm
No 28 Klipvlei
MALMESBURY
SOUTH AFRICA
www.luckylucy.org

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