Because every tail deserves a happy ending…

Lacey’s Beautiful, Poignant Thank You

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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In Loving Memory

Letters like the one below make our work so rewarding. It is our dearest hope that each and every one of the animals that come and go from our Adoptions Centre may experience such a long and happy life as dear Lacey, who spent 16 years with her fur-ever family before crossing the Rainbow Bridge on this day, a year ago. On the first anniversary of her passing, thank you for your letter, Shelley, Hilton and Georgia –  we are so sorry for your loss.

We echo your thanks to us, with gratitude for the loving home you provided for Lacey all these years.  


Dear Cape of Good Hope SPCAIt’s taken me almost a year to write this message. I hope you have the time to read it.  On the 3rd of December 2005 my husband and I adopted Lacey (female, Whippet/Jack Russell crossbreed), from the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. It sounds clichéd to say she changed our lives, but she did. She was our dog child, our family, a best friend, a comfort, a soul mate.She spent the next 16 years with us, going on adventurous road trips, enjoying much-needed holiday time, welcoming a human child (she took her role as older sibling very seriously), moving house (and provinces), yet always loving and always giving of her love.In her senior years, she held on through deafness, a rapid decline of eyesight, a heart murmur and other aspects of aging. Time takes its toll, and she crossed the Rainbow Bridge, last year, on the 5th of September.I’m glad to tell you that in the last few years of her life she retired in a peaceful part of Port Elizabeth. She loved nothing more than to walk in the garden, feel the breeze flapping her ears and smell the smells her aged sniffer could smell for her. Birds became her friends and were no longer enemies…and suddenly the rain didn’t seem as scary as it once was. To say she aged gracefully, is an understatement.I’ve felt compelled for a very long time to let you know how grateful we are that she chose us, and that you chose us. We thank you deeply for the positive difference you’re making every single day, in the lives of animals and humans.It is one year later and although our hearts still feel broken, we remember her in all her greatness and glory.

Thank you

Shelley, Hilton and Georgia

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    Rest in Peace Lacey, who had a long and beautiful life and was loved until the very end.

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