I admit it. Underneath my prickly exterior I am a marshmallow. Or an Eskimo pie.
You see today I had to go the licensing department to renew my driver’s licence.
Each time I go I make a sort of karmic promise that if, by some miracle, I achieve what I came for I’ll pop into the SPCA next door and donate fifty bucks.
Wonder of wonders I did get what I came for and in record time.
I also took insane pleasure in being uncharacteristically nice to the sullen inhabitants of the bureau of motor vehicles.
I asked about their plans for the long weekend and I completely took them off guard.
It was most satisfying. Almost as much as making an outbound call centre insurance agent weep.
So, I duly drove into the SPCA to fulfill my deal with God. I had planned to just pop in hand over the cash and leave, but as luck would have it a gentleman was asking about kittens.
What woman could resist?
Of course I went down to the kitten run.
So would you.
Unless you are allergic, in which case you would run very fast in the opposite direction.
I am a sucker for that look.
Yeah, that’s the one.
They climbed up my legs (very painful) and purred like little Corvette Stingrays (very comforting).
Shower was found by one of the staff hiding in a communal shower in the location. She obviously adores the little chap and has made it her personal mission to find him a home.
The SPCA has introduced a new homing policy that happily circumvents the impulse adoption. You have to wait a week for your home to be vetted (ha ha) and your pet sterilised before you introduce him or her to the family.
There was Geoffrey the psychotic German Pointer and most recently my Bonny Prince Charlie – a beagle cross bloodhound with questionable IQ.
Sadly, they do have to put many of their charges down. This isn’t an action they take lightly. It breaks their hearts each and every time.
The lack of financial support meant they have had to cut back on much of the community work they do in Alexandra Township providing vet care and sterilisation services.
Happily they now have a new mobile clinic, but it is much like throwing starfish back in the sea.
They desperately need all the help they can get, even if it is as simple as cuddling a kitten for a few minutes or throwing a ball to an odd-looking puppy I think may be a Bouvier slash dachshund.
All I have to do is convince my husband (the kids are a done deal) that our two pampered and overly superior house cats need a partner with some street smarts.
Preferably one that doesn’t treat my dogs as beneath her contempt.
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Or visit their website here: http://www.sandtonspca.org.za/news.php
Account Holder: Sandton SPCA
Bank: First National Bank (RSA)
Branch: Wierda Valley
Branch Code: 260950
Account Number: 62256139629
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