Because every tail deserves a happy ending…

My 20-Year Valentine

Possibly the best part of everything we do at the SPCA is our Happy Homings.

To see the joy on the faces of the new families and the sheer delight of the animals they adopt makes all the blood, sweat and tears worthwhile. 

Many of the animals who come through our doors have been rescued from situations of such diabolical cruelty it is hard to imagine.

Others have endured traumas such as abandonment, bereavement from a deceased and beloved owner, getting lost and finding themselves stray… their hearts beat as ours and they feel emotions just as deeply. 

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Adele and Betty: A Heartwarming Tale of Love and Loyalty

Adele and Betty were the epitome of a loving and devoted pet-owner relationship. 20 years ago, Adele made the decision to adopt Betty from the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, and since then, they have been inseparable.

Betty lived a life full of love and happiness, and it was evident in her long and fruitful life of 20 years.

Sadly, Betty passed away recently, leaving a huge void in Adele’s life. However, Adele wanted to make sure that Betty’s legacy lived on and in her honour, she made a generous donation of R1000 to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA.

Adele was incredibly impressed with the work done by the SPCA and wanted to show her appreciation in the most meaningful way possible.

In an email to the SPCA, Adele shared her love and admiration for Betty and expressed her gratitude for the amazing life she was able to provide for her beloved pet.

Adele's Letter, Betty's Lessons

We adopted Betty 20 years ago from a miserable life of abuse, she had been kept on a very short lead for 2 years which resulted in a very thick scar around her neck as she was constantly trying to escape. Her ears had been burned and I believe she was beaten as throughout her life of love and devotion from our family she was hand shy, mistrusted people and some dogs in particular she was very reactive around a broom, we think she was beaten with a broom or stick.

“When she arrived at our family she was so skittish that she would fall asleep standing up, we persevered through years of love and affection and gave her the life she deserved.

It’s been so difficult saying goodbye to our family dog who was a constant in our lives for 20 years, I will always love and miss her, and I would like to end with the lessons I received from Betty.

-always stand your ground

-its okay to be the alpha dog occasionally

-protect the ones you love

-be determined

-have tenacity

-sneak onto the couch when no one is looking

-run wild on the beach

-play in the waves

-gratitude is shown in different ways, for us it was in the eyes

-sleep when you are tired

Adele’s donation serves as a testament to the love and bond that she and Betty shared and will continue to inspire others to adopt and love their pets with the same level of commitment and passion.

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is grateful for Adele’s generosity and extends their heartfelt condolences to her on the loss of Betty.

This touching story of love and loyalty serves as a reminder of the importance of the human-animal bond and the positive impact that it can have on our lives.


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It is only through YOUR support that we can continue to help animals like Betty to have a chance for a better future.

The SPCA receives no funding from the government and relies on donations from the public in order to function

Your continued dedication, ongoing support, and passion for protecting the lives of animals is what makes us successful. Thank you for everything you do to help make this a better world for animals.

Thank you to all our adopters and if anyone is ready to welcome a new pet into their hearts and homes, please do give us a call on 0217004152 or email at

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