Moms and Babies


One morning some weeks ago when we opened up our Drop Zone we found a Rottweiler cross with her three very sick puppies.   Sadly none of the puppies survived but their mother, soon named Cassidy, was such a sweet natured dog that we were absolutely sure we would find her a loving home once she had been restored to full health.   Cassidy was so gentle and trusting that she unflinchingly donated her blood when it was needed to save the lives of other desperately sick dogs both at the vets and at the SPCA.   Cassidy duly moved up to Adoptions and caught the eye of a young couple, Shannon and James Pickering, who wanted a strong and active farm dog who would also be gentle and safe with their two year old daughter Amber.   Could Cassidy be all those things?   Yes, she soon proved that she was all that they had wanted and more – she also plays soccer with James and goes swimming with the family and even tries her paws at boogie boarding!   What a perfect home for Cassidy.

If she sometimes looked a little wistful it may have been that she was remembering her three pups who didn’t make it.   Her new owners returned to the SPCA to find her a playmate and what better choice than a young male pup with his own story to tell.

A short while back a lady giving a lift home to her gardener had seen a heavily pregnant German Shepherd type dog come to greet him.   The anxious lady phoned the uMngeni SPCA to ask what could be done about the dog.   When the SPCA team visited the owner a few days later he said that his bitch had already whelped but he didn’t know where she had hidden the puppies.   Local children were asked to keep a careful eye on where she went and the next day the children led the team over a field, into some woodland where, in a hollowed out tree stump, they discovered her den.   Finding it was one thing, getting the puppies out was quite another.   Very careful digging with spades, sticks and bare hands finally yielded three healthy young pups.   The whole family was taken to the SPCA where the puppies were raised by their mother until they were weaned.  Mum was then spayed and returned to her delighted owner and the pups were all put up for adoption.

The Pickering family, looking for a companion for Cassidy, fell in love with the little male puppy from this litter, adopted him and named him Gigabyte.    Cassidy just adores her adopted son and the two of them gambol and play in their idyllic new home.   Little Amber Pickering now has two devoted canine guardians and playmates to grow up with.   Gigabyte’s two litter sisters won’t be looking for homes for long – they are beautiful puppies who will also make lovely family pets.

Heather Somerville, PRO, uMngeni SPCA

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Njabula HlongwaneNjabula is a Receptionist and a Trainee Inspector. He helps out at the front desk with general office work and assists Jean and Linda when needed. He has been with the uMngeni SPCA for 18 months and is our friendly man who always has a smile on his face when you meet him.

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