The Animal Welfare Society of SA hosts volunteers from around the world who are eager to learn and spend time with the animals in their care. These amazing volunteers significantly contribute to the overall success of the operation, explains Allan Perrins Head of Communications, Resource Development and Fundraising.
Thanks to this wonderful arrangement, the Animal Welfare Society of SA got to meet Nyrio from Belgium who was so smitten with one of the welfare’s dogs – a medium-sized Husky look-a-like, introduced to him by his sister Nyra. The best part is that Nyrio decided to adopt this furry beauty!
Nyrio has decided to name her Lyla in keeping with the family’s tradition of a “Y” in their first names that is meant to represent good fortune.
This is such an apt name for a once-scared and timid little dog who was found tied-up to a disused shipping container and abandoned on their premises approximately six months ago.
The family touched down in Cape Town on Monday, 7 March and since then, have spent hours of quality time interacting with Lyla, who has really warmed to the family.
As a token of their appreciation, they arrived bearing gifts for everyone including a whopping R16 420 cash donation for the Animal Welfare Society of SA to put towards their next Philippi pet sterilisation campaign.
Nyrio and Nyra raised the funds by selling over 200 waffles to friends and family in Belgium who were more than willing to support a great cause, and these amazing siblings are no strangers to the world of philanthropy and rescued pets.
On Monday, 21 March, Lyla will accompany her new family on a KLM flight bound for the Netherlands before settling in permanently with Nyrio in Belgium where they will be welcomed by friends, family and everyone who contributed so generously towards this fairytale outcome for a once-abandoned little dog from the humble Cape Flats.
“Lyla is adorable and as bright as a button! Always eager to please and ready to learn. We asked one of our volunteers from the Netherlands to teach her a few basic commands in Dutch to help her with the transition and her ability to grasp the basics is quite astounding. She is now fully trilingual and just whisper wil je gaan wandelen (do you want to go for a walk) and she immediately responds with a bounce in her step. We wish Nyrio and our little canine expat everything of the best as they embark on what promises to be a magical journey,” says Allan Perrins.
The Animal Welfare Society of SA thanks Nyrio, Nyra and Mum Clara for their many acts of kindness and inestimable generosity and Happy 21st Nyra!