Princess Penelope's Birthday Party with donations for FORA
Ian Grant writes:
A friend of ours, Jeanette Odgers (who lives in Lonehill), came up with the idea ages ago (I think after someone fed one of her dogs a whole chocolate cake at a doggy birthday party and it was ill for weeks) that our dogs don’t need presents and that we should bring along food to be donated to an animal welfare organisation.
I know that she recently had an eighth birthday party for one of her dogs where all dog food donations went to Animals in Distress. We haven’t had dogs “whose” birthdays we have known until recently and just before our ridgeback’s first birthday we sent out the invitation. We call her Princess Penelope.
On the April 27, 2012 a herd of folk arrived at our house (a touch west of Muldersdrift, Gauteng) and we had a great time celebrating Penelope’s birthday.
Dog food (tinned too – the puppies eat tinned), a few spare leads and some toys were collected and we took them to FORA (Friends of Recued Animals) in Krugersdorp on May 19, 2012. The card reads “To my friends at FORA. With love from Penelope”.
In the next picture, Claire (my wife and Penelope’s owner) hands the food over to FORA representatives – the man on Claire’s right is the kennel manager.
What FORA is all about….
FORA is a pro-life animal rescue shelter for dogs and cats, and was officially registered as a non-profit organization (NPO 029775) in August 2003.
Their mission is to rescue as many unwanted, homeless & ill-treated dogs & cats, and to care for them at their shelter. They attempt to re-home animals in loving homes, but for the less fortunate ones they try to ensure that they have a home for life at FORA.
The rapid growth of FORA Krugersdorp animal shelter, now in its 9th year of operation, has necessitated remedial restructuring of the shelter operations. The shelter has become well-known in recent years resulting in a dramatic increase in intake of dogs and cats, while the funding received and raised has increased at a much slower rate, making the current operational structure unsustainable.
A team of animal devotees are addressing all systems and procedures and working on a multi-faceted vision to develop a strategy for the future, with the guidance of appropriate experts. FORA will continue to appeal for and embrace all community involvement.
FORA has 800 dogs and 200 cats looking to be adopted into good homes, and welcomes support of any kind, including money, time or skills.