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Message from CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare) - the situation in Bapsfontein is desperate - they are taking the cats they find to Cat Village, please would you consider making a donation to Cat Village for their care?

Cat Village S A, (NPO 033-895)
Nedbank, Northmead
Acc number: 194 806 9105
Branch code: 194842

If you would prefer to help physically you could give cat food, cat litter etc, please contact Cora at CLAW and she will arrange that your donations reach Cat Village in Benoni. (011 763 1638/ 082 926 3627).


"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure' goes the adage, and it is completely appropriate to the domestic animal welfare scenario in South Africa."

The major focus of most animal welfare organisations is on rescuing neglected, abused and lost animals. In the current crisis, where more and more animals arrive daily at shelters that are already overfull, strays and abandonments are on the increase, and every day we discover yet another incidence of neglect or cruelty.


Just like with being a parent, there is skill involved in being a successful pet owner. There's more to it than just going to the pet shop and getting a puppy or a kitten.

These days, animal welfare organisations make doubly sure that you are able to be a responsible pet owner before they hand over a puppy, a kitten or a grown animal. So before you take on a pet, check out the following tips from the Cybervet forum users:

Make sure you can afford a pet Be consistent in your rules Have your pet spayed or neutered Take your dog for walks Feed your animals at the same time every day Never hit your animals Pets need people Get a vet you trust Have your pet ID-tagged Arrange adequate care when you are away


Heavenly Father, with contrite heart,
I humbly call on You in a special way.
Look upon your people & animals with eyes of mercy.

It is through Your power, that they was created.
Since You created them from nothing,
You can certainly recreate them.
Fill them with the healing power of Your Spirit.

May Your life-giving power flow into every cell
of their body and unto the depths of each soul.
Mend what is broken.
Cast out anything that should not be in them.
Root out any unproductive cell.
Open any blocked arteries or veins
and rebuild any damaged areas.
Remove all inflammation and cleanse any infection.

Let the warmth of Your healing Love
pass through each body to make new
any unhealthy areas so that their body
will function the way You created it to function.
Restore all health and strength
Remove all pain.

May the loving Sacred Heart of Your Divine Son Jesus
bring them health in body and spirit
Almighty Father, Your Son accepted our sufferings
to teach us the nature of patience in human illness.

I unite all sufferings and all the pains of all sick
and afflicted people throughout the world,
past, present and future with the Holy Passion,
Death and Resurrection of Jesus and Mary
for the reparation of our sins
and the sins of the whole world;
for the souls in Purgatory; for sinners everywhere
especially the enemies of the Universal Church;
and those within our families, our community,
relatives, friends, benefactors, and our countrymen.

May all who suffer pain, illness or disease realize
that they are chosen to be saints and know
that they are joined to Christ in His suffering
for the salvation of the world.

Thank you Lord for the animals,
We realize they belong to you,
and when you call them home to you,
it is for a special reason like assisting a child
as a playmate until his or her parent
is called home to you also.

Bless all your people and animals,
surround all with your loving light and protection.
We ask this in Jesus name.