Because every tail deserves a happy ending…

Happy Tails – Rescue Dog Now Rescues Others

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. 

Reading progress

Brownie was adopted from the Cape of Good Hope SPCA in April 2017 and found his forever home with Marian Shinn. Now named Scud, he is a dear pet friend and an incredible support to his community members in need.

Why the name Scud?

He is named after the scud missile because, on his first run on Zandvlei he took off at high speed to the far end of the park, turned around and came straight back to his target – Marian!

Now Scud is supporting learners as the first therapy dog in Cape Town to work in the PAT’s pioneering programme.

Scud was assessed as a suitable therapy dog by a registered non-profit organisation Pets as Therapy (PAT) pre-COVID and started working at a seniors’ care home in Fish Hoek when COVID restrictions were lifted. Now he visits the care home once a week.

Dog Mom Marian Shinn says “Scud is also the first therapy dog in Cape Town to work in the PAT’s pioneering programme using dogs to create a safe learning environment for Grade 3 learners struggling with reading. We kicked off the program at the Capricorn Primary School in February and a fellow volunteer is also working in the Gordon’s Bay Area. We are starting to see results in the selected youngsters’ reading abilities and confidence. We visit the school twice a week“.

The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) programme works on an individual basis with each selected child in a non-threatening, non-peer-pressure environment. The dog helps ease the tension the learner may feel while struggling to read. It also helps to encourage the children to enjoy and care 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 adoptions@spca-ct.co.za

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