Cape Town - April is Prevention of Cruelty To Animals month.
The Animal Welfare Society of Stellenbosch (AWSS) has recorded 96 dogs adopted in March.
This is ground-breaking for the organisation due to its adoption kennels reaching 140 dog capacity in February.
Dogs named Bowie and Rocco have found their forever homes.
Jessica Perrins, head of communications and fundraising for AWSS said it was important to highlight the plight of animals up for adoption during the month of April, due to cruelty of these animals.
“Even though we keep our promise to protect and serve animals every day of the year, April is special because it is officially Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month. We encourage all animal lovers to join us in our fight to protect, and be the voice for those who cannot speak.
“The Animal Welfare Society of Stellenbosch (AWSS) had a record-breaking month with 96 dogs adopted in March. What makes this record especially rewarding is that in February our Kennels had reached capacity with over 140 dogs in our care at one time,” she said.
Perrins said adoption included vaccinations and sterilisation of animals and just a loving home.
“While celebrating this triumph, shelter staff are aiming for another successful month. To increase awareness and encourage adoption, the AWSS will be running an adoption promotion which reduces dog and cat adoption fees to R750.
“Adoption includes sterilisation, initial vaccinations (up to date of adoption) and micro-chipping. Most of the animals that come into our care have never known love or a gentle human touch.
“It is up to us to ensure these animals find true happiness in a loving home,” she said.
She said despite their often traumatic and disturbing pasts, they nevertheless have an enormous capacity for love and loyalty.
“Like you and me, all they really want is to feel safe and loved, and in return you will receive a lifetime of loyalty, licks and love,” she said.
A dog named Bowie, who was previously called Asher, was adopted, and his new dad is delighted to have him.
Courtney Morris said: “Adopting Bowie has been one of the greatest privileges in my lifetime.
“He has trusted me so bravely and has given me so much love and protection.
“I never thought it was possible from a dog. He is one of the best friends I've ever had and is a heartbeat at my feet.”