What a difference a week can make.
It gave me so much joy to take Nellie's second lot of photos, Don't they just say it all?
The sad, skinny dog that arrived at Kawerau SPCA was so much happier after a week of care and good food. Named Nellie by the centre, this girl who had come from the pound, had positively bloomed,
After 11 days she was adopted out to an approved home.. Nellie's new family had come to the centre looking for a dog. They met Nellie, and fell in love.
The Kawerau community is so blessed to have an SPCA operating in the town. To not have one is unthinkable.
The hardworking group of people that are Kawerau SPCA, need all the help they can get, in terms of monetary donations and volunteers, because there are a lot of "Nellie's' out there.
Take a look at this photo.
She is one of Kawerau SPCA’s newest arrivals. I patted and stroked her before tying her lead to the pen in order to photograph her.
The look on her face said it all.
Named Nellie by the centre, this female was painfully thin, and all the bones in her ribs were highly visible. Nellie is estimated to be 1 to 2 years old.
If Nellie could have understood my words I would have told her that her ordeal was over, and she was safe now. That she was in the absolute best place in the world right now, because she would get fed and taken care of properly. She would get a second chance because the centre would find her a great home.
But she couldn’t possibly know that, and that’s why she looked so sad.
I can’t wait to see this dog put on weight over the coming weeks and watch the sadness disappear from her eyes. It will be absolutely joyous for the other volunteers too.
Another one back from the brink.
Dear Wilson & Winston
The other day I photographed the two of you at Kawerau SPCA. You were both so gorgeous, and cute, and curious. Winston, you were a bit quiet sitting in your kennel, but you loved the pats and rubs and puppy talk. I’m so glad I took the time. Took your photos too, ready to advertise you online – your only chance to get out of Kawerau, where there are so many other ‘free’ puppies available and life is cheap.
Your previous owner couldn't sell you, so there you were, a couple of pups, surplus to requirements, with a ticking time-bomb inside your little bodies that nobody knew about - parvovirus.
I got this beautiful photo of the two of you, ready to find you ‘real’ homes – ones where you would be cared for properly. Sadly that didn’t happen, because I got a call from the centre the next day to say you had parvo and had to be put to sleep so you wouldn’t suffer. I understand completely. The SPCA did the right thing – giving you a dignified and humane death.
Let's hope people learn something from your needless and untimely deaths. The importance of desexing their pets, and vaccinating against parvo. Your lives shouldn’t have been like this.
Rest in peace Wilson & Winston