I have had a relationship with ARO for so many years but never, in fact, met anyone... just lovely letters of thanks when I donated. So, to meet everyone today was a real blessing and happy occasion. What struck me from the time I walked into the main foyer was the calm and very, very happy people working there and a few excited yappers outside as there were in fact 85 dogs and cats waiting to be sterilized.
I had a lovely tour of ARO and I found the wall of remembrance particularly special. I think the amount is R200 and you can dedicate a plaque to a loved one that has passed on. I met the pony and donkeys and then went on to see the brand new MASU, first ever mobile theatre, which is truly magnificent. What a bonus and win for Cape Town! Aniwell, African Tails and many fabulous and caring volunteers were all there to assist the animals and makes sure that they were all comfortable and comforted from being fetched from homes, to being taken back home!
When I found out that African Tails had an additional 18 animals to be sterilized, I made the decision immediately that Dancers LOVE Dogs would pay for the additional 18 fur babies. –It was the least I could do for these lovely ladies, who give every day of their lives to the animals in need.
I loved every single minute helping the dogs and cats and being part of this day, and felt completely at home with all the superb ARO workers who gently tolerated my tears and questions and pleading to follow up on skinny dogs. All of the staff CARE and all of them want what is best for the animals and that’s what we all shared today... COMPASSION in huge doses. The staff must love their work at ARO as so many of them have been there for many, many years!
Each animal left once they were ready with a goodie bag filled with a donated blanket, food bowl, treat, food, collar and leash. I also loved that each animal was given all their injections, de wormed, micro-chipped and received flea treatment. (A visit to the grooming palour would have been the last ultimate wish!)
Thank you ARO for organizing this for the dogs and cats and we are honoured to be part of this. My last thoughts as I end this special day... May all the fur babies be warm and safe tonight with a full tummy and hopefully not too much discomfort from their operations. Bless you all, special little ones and for the skinny little brown dog I fell so in love with,–you are especially in my thoughts and prayers.