Because every tail deserves a happy ending…

Diagnosed with Epilepsy – “We Are Still Taking Her”

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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Ava was set to go to her new home. On the day she was to be collected, Lwazi, our Animal Care Assistant at the kennels noticed she had fallen over. It seemed she was having a slight seizure. He rushed her to the vet immediately.

Ava’s New Parents

Richard and his wife visited the Cape of Good Hope SPCA during the nationwide lockdown when we had just opened adoptions by appointment. It was love at first sight when they saw Ava for the first time. SPCA called them to inform them about Ava’s setback and that our veterinarian had requested to have blood tests done. They were very patient.

Ava’s background

Ava was surrendered to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA during the first week of level five lockdown. Her family had separated. Since her arrival, Ava spent a few weeks in the kennels and we got to know her well. She was always sweet and easy-going with other dogs. No signs or symptoms manifested during this period. She spent quite a bit of time around staff during her stay. Our kennel staff were all working during the lockdown.

Parents to the rescue

Despite Ava’s uncertain prognosis, Richard and his wife said: “We are still taking her”. They came to collect Ava and took her to their private vet where she was diagnosed with Epilepsy. Ava was initiated on a variety of medication and ongoing treatment. The first few weeks were difficult, but they persevered.

Forever Home

Ava was one of the lucky ones. Richard and his wife gave Ava her second chance in life, not knowing that they were in for pure love and joy. We regularly get new photos and the happy family keeps us updated on Ava’s progress and wellbeing regularly.

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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