Bethlechem – Tel Aviv

Helping out dogs – evetwhere: SPCA Israel rescued 15 dogs from Bethlechem, rehabilitated them and helped them find devoted owners and loving homes as they deserve

On April, during the first lockdown in Israel due to Covid-19 pandemic, six of our Association’s team went to Bethlehem’s checkpoint to meet Diana Georgy Babis, the manager of “Animal and Environment Association”. Diana takes care of 60 dogs in the association’s shelter in Bethlehem, while people hardly adopt them.

Our team met her and 15 dogs at the checkpoint, and they were transferred to the SPCA Israel’s shelter in Tel Aviv so we could take care of them and find them loving homes. The dogs received medical check and care, and after a long way, each one of the dogs received their own cell with food, water and bed.

After 90 days in quarantine, as regulations demand, the dogs became candidates for adoption, after chipping, vaccination and neutering. They didn’t have to wait too long until they found the right owners who give them warm and loving homes, as they deserve, forever.

Hilma Shmoshkovits, SPCA Israel’s Chairperson said: “This is a positive point, humane, a good will gesture between activists for animals. A devotion to help the helpless, deserted dogs, our best friends. Moreover, we hope that the outcome will be better companionship and solidarity”. Gadi Vitner, SPCA Israel’s spokesman said: “We are proud of taking in the abandoned dogs that need shelter and protection. This is exactly what we’re here for”.

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A Second Chance at a Good Life

Watch the feature film reviewing the history of the association and its activities on behalf of animals, which was produced by ILTV

The program titled “Cruising Israel”, produced by ILTV, dedicated a special feature to SPCA Israel. The reporter,Natalie Twersky, visited the association, toured the shelter and met the various animals housed there. In the article, she recounts the association’s history and its activities on behalf of animals, and talks to the adoptions advisor and the association’s chairperson.

“No longer “Invisible

A special project in cooperation with ‘Petnet’ website: Thirteen dogs that were quarantined under terrible conditions were brought to the SPCA shelter, where they are awaiting good and loving homes

This week SPCA Israel’s shelter took in thirteen dogs that had been held in quarantine under terrible conditions in the north of the country. This was done in order to grant them an opportunity for adoption and a good life with loving families. Many professionals enlisted to volunteer to assist the “Invisible Dogs” project initiated by Petnet and, through a united effort, the dogs were brought to SPCA.

According to the staff at Petnet: “When we arrived at the quarantine site, we witnessed a horrifying picture – dozens of mostly young and healthy dogs that had been abandoned by their owners, all of them in cages, waiting to be put down”.

The 13 newcomers brought to the SPCA shelter have undergone a complete transformation. Thanks to pampering showers, haircuts and grooming, they have transformed from neglected, dirty and “invisible” dogs to attractive, handsome models of beauty. Now, after veterinary check-ups and treatment, they are eagerly waiting to “open a new chapter” in their lives and to give lots of love to the lucky people who adopt them. You are cordially invited to the SPCA to offer them a new home.

Photography: Lior Golsad

We would like to thank Petnet; Lior Golsad, the canine photographer; Stas Kahn, the videographer; Ziv Rozenblat who volunteers at the quarantine site; Dr Avi Pacho who vaccinated the dogs against rabies; Eyal Gatnu, who rescued the dogs and brought them to the shelter; Inbal Van Karfeld and Tom Morley from the ‘Miss Dulitel’ dog salon, who groomed the dogs; and Robert Raviv from ‘Petpo’, who was tasked with their grooming.

Louis’s Luck

Following lengthy rehabilitation in the SPCA, Louis found a warm and loving home

“We are just as lucky as him, we lucked out!”, say Danielle Nevro and Yariv Katz with a smile as they pet and hug Louis, the dog they adopted from the SPCA.

Whoever sees this perfect picture will find it hard to believe that only a few weeks ago Louis, a German Shepherd about one year old, was found roaming the streets, wounded and in danger of his life. Following a report that reached the SPCA call center, a team member was sent out to catch him and bring him to our veterinary clinic. He was debilitated, thin and apathetic and his whole neck area, his head and ears, were covered with over fifty infected cuts and wounds that, according to the veterinarian’s opinion, were caused by bites or from getting caught in a barbed-wire fence.

Our veterinarians took Louis in for emergency surgery, during which his head was shaved and further wounds were discovered that were treated and sterilized. Louis received infusions and special food to stabilize his condition, and the whole SPCA team crossed their fingers hoping that his weak body would hold up and survive.

Louis on the day of his arrival at the SPCA
Louis on the day of his arrival at the SPCA

During the following weeks Louis was under medical supervision and received dedicated and loving care from the SPCA staff. He recuperated quickly, his wounds started to heal, his fur grew back and his appetite returned. He was found to be a friendly and good-nature dog, fully cooperating with his treatment despite the pain he was in, as though he understood, just like a person, that the hands touching him would heal him.

When he was strong enough, Louis received all the necessary vaccinations and a microchip, underwent castration and we started to look for an adoptive home where he would be enveloped in love and would be able to forget the hardship he had been through.

During rehabilitation – recovering and regaining his strength
During rehabilitation – recovering and regaining his strength

Those who won Louis’ affection are Danielle and Yariv, who came to the SPCA to adopt a large dog with mild energy levels who would get along with other dogs. Louis’ story touched their hearts, and following a meeting with the SPCA adoption counselor and a long walk with Louis, they decided to adopt him.

As we all hoped, today Louis is a loved and pampered dog. Yariv, who works in the real estate start-up Fisbo, takes Louis to the office with him every day, where he has a comfy bed, lots of toys and gets a lot of attention from the rest of the staff. “It is wonderful to see the change in Louis, from a frightened and apathetic dog to the well cared for and happy dog he is today”, the couple say, and we are happy that the matchmaking was a success and wish them all many happy years together.

If you come across an animal in distress, please do not ignore it – call the SPCA call center: *4553.

Starting Over

After being rehabilitated in the SPCA, following a period of severe abuse, Cora has found a warm home

In her short life, Cora has already suffered severe abuse, had two operations and recovered from illness. Today, at the age of four months, having been rehabilitated in the SPCA, she has been embraced by a loving family that has adopted her and her new life is just beginning!

A couple of months ago, an adorable eight-week old puppy reached the SPCA after being found by children in a cardboard box in the park where she had been abandoned. Even at first glance it was apparent that she was suffering a serious wound in her right eye, and a veterinary examination confirmed fears that the wound was deliberately inflicted by a direct hit or kick to her eye.

The SPCA adoption counselor, Gal Baba, decided to take the mixed-breed puppy under her care and gave her the name Cora (after the word for black in Japanese).

Cora on the day of her arrival at the SPCA
Cora on the day of her arrival at the SPCA

Cora was taken to Dr. Havi Tzarfati, a highly experienced veterinarian in canine eye care, but unfortunately the examination revealed that the eye could not be saved and Cora underwent surgery to remove her eye in the SPCA clinic.

Cora rapidly recovered from surgery and the whole staff in the SPCA took great care of her, giving her a lot of attention and love. She was given the necessary vaccinations, recovered from a virus that had affected her and began to get used to life with one eye.

Cora’s story was posted on the SPCA Facebook page, and our Facebook friends followed the progress of the brave little pup with the mischievous and friendly personality, who enjoys playing with toys and gets along well with other dogs. Upon getting her last vaccination and being spayed, sweet Cora was ready to start a new chapter and to find a loving family to adopt her and give her the good life she deserves.

You Do Choose Your Family

Special Activity: The SPCA encourages responsible adoption and salutes its veteran adopters

Many dogs and cats do not live their whole lives in one home, but are passed from place to place or put in a shelter. To commemorate “Pet Parent’s Day”, whose aim is to honor those owners who consider their pets an integral part of their families, the SPCA calls upon the general public to expand their families by adopting a new four-legged friend and presents the adopters with a certificate of appreciation and a gift package contributed by Tal Gal Ltd.

On Sunday, April 26, “Pet Parents’ Day” will be celebrated throughout the world, with the aim of recognizing and honoring pet owners who relate to their pets as an inseparable part of their families.

On the occasion of this special day, the SPCA will hold special activities to raise public awareness of responsible adoption of pets and the importance of raising them for their whole lives, as well as to express our appreciation to our veteran adopters. Owners of pets that were adopted at the SPCA up to the end of 2009 are invited to come with their dogs to the SPCA during the week 26/4-2/5, to receive a special certificate of appreciation, benefits and a gift package sponsored by Tal Gal Company, which includes a small bag of Purina food, a Purina treat, a pouch, and a leash. In addition, the Solano Company is contributing a gift of an ampule against fleas. In addition, a special prize awarding activity will take place on our Facebook page.

Anat and Dubi Teffer celebrating 12 happy years together with Tuti, that was adopted at the SPCA when she was a small pup.
Anat and Dubi Teffer celebrating 12 happy years together with Tuti, that was adopted at the SPCA when she was a small pup.

‘Responsible Adoption’ is not just a slogan in the SPCA, but is the name of the adoption process carried out in the organization. The aims of this process are to match the animals with owners committed to their care, who will be able to meet their pets’ needs throughout their lives and to check that the decision to adopt emanates from sober deliberation and is not one made on the spur of the moment. According to Hilma Shmoshkowitz, Chairperson (Volunteer), Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel, “Our many years of experience in placing animals in adoptive homes teach us that many dogs and cats do not live their whole lives in one home, and each move has a detrimental effect upon them. As those who, on a daily basis, witness the suffering of abandoned animals, we have chosen this activity to express our deep appreciation to those people who do understand the meaning of this commitment and the responsibility involved in raising pets for their whole lives and consider their pets an integral part of their families. I am certain that all the members of the SPCA staff are eagerly waiting to meet the veteran adopters and the dogs that gained loving families. We take this opportunity to call on additional people to expand their families with a new four-legged friend and to gain unconditional love for many years to come”.

Gilat Ankori, who adopted Julie and Nina at the SPCA ten years ago, receiving the Certificate of Appreciation from Hilma Shmoshkowitz, Chairperson (Volunteer) - SPCA Israel
Gilat Ankori, who adopted Julie and Nina at the SPCA ten years ago, receiving the Certificate of Appreciation from Hilma Shmoshkowitz, Chairperson (Volunteer) – SPCA Israel

* The gift offer will be valid while stocks last and on presentation of the adopter’s ID card.

Main photo: The Arbiv family with the dogs Toffee and Dvash that were adopted at the Society.

Voting twice!!

Election Day in the Society: Come to select a new four-legged friend

On Tuesday, March 17, the Knesset elections will take place, and while many businesses will be closed, the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel will be open from 08:00-17:00.

We invite the public to take advantage of this Election Day holiday, to come to the SPCA and choose a new four-legged friend from the hundreds of abandoned dogs and cats that are waiting for warm and loving homes.

All visitors will be greeted by adoption counselors and the SPCA veterinarians, who will help in the selection of the most suitable pet, that will bring joy and happiness to the adopters’ lives.

The Business Sector encourages Animal Adoptions

Groundbreaking Project: The high tech firm, Eternity, will bear the costs of animal adoption for its staff and business partners

A first-of-its-kind cooperation between the business sector and the voluntary sector is setting out. The Israeli high-tech company, Eternity, specializing in development of smart business solutions (BI), is encouraging its workers, partners and other contacts to adopt abandoned dogs and cats in the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel, and is underwriting the adoption costs from the company’s budget.

In accordance with the responsible adoption policy practice in the SPCA, an adoption counseling team will support potential adopters, helping them to choose their most suitable pet, with emphasis on the responsibility and commitment involved when welcoming a new four-legged friend into the family. All adopted animals leaving the SPCA do so after being inoculated, spayed or sterilized, and with all dogs being fitted with a microchip.

According to Assaf Bar, CEO of Eternity: “Contributing to the community has always been a central part of the core activity of the Company, since its establishment eight years ago. Especially during these difficult and cold days, when everyone is trying to find shelter from the cold beside their heating systems at home, we often forget that there are tens of thousands of abandoned animals on the streets or in the various organizations, all looking for warm homes. I call upon all 160 members of the Company’s staff, our partners and my own acquaintances, as well as others, to open their hearts and adopt a pet.”

We in the SPCA thank Eternity for its most welcome initiative and call upon other companies to join this unique project in order to raise awareness of abandoned animals and to help them find warm and loving homes.

To view the dogs and cats waiting for adoption, Click here.

Main photo: Dr. Yelena Algrabli, the SPCA veterinarian, and Asaf Bar, CEO Eternity

The cat, Simona, was adopted by Rotem Ashkenazi of Eternity, and left for her new home after being spayed.
The cat, Simona, was adopted by Rotem Ashkenazi of Eternity, and left for her new home after being spayed.

A Year of Love

The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel presents: Calendar 2014-2015

As the New Year approaches, SPCA Israel is publishing its annual calendar for 2014-15. This year, our traditional calendar is dedicated to dogs that were adopted from the shelter by families with children, and to the unique ties that develop between children and dogs.

The months of the year are decorated with beautiful pictures; of Agam Pappel with her dog Zoe, Omri Yaron with his dog, Lucci, the brothers Yael and Lior Arbiv with their dog Toffy and many other children photographed with their beloved four-legged friends, reflecting the great joy that animals have brought to their homes.

Of the intense attachment and love between children and dogs, movingly expressed in this year’s calendar, much has been written and researched. For many children, their family pet is their best friend – a companion who offers infinite love, helping the child develop responsibility, self-confidence, sensitivity towards others and the ability to both receive and give emotionally. Research indicates that caring for a pet brings added value to the child’s development and contributes significantly to promoting a positive self-image and emotional development.

In addition, a child who takes care of a pet and makes a connection with it, will learn to develop empathy, will better understand the other and will develop social skills and a rich array of problem-solving strategies. It is our hope that this calendar will encourage many more families to adopt animals and so gain unconditional love, friendship and loyalty.

The calendar will be sent to all who make a telephone (03-5136500 or *4553) donation of NIS 35 or more, till stock runs out.

We wish to thank photographer, Shiran Carmel, and graphic designer, Shira Lautman, who volunteered to create this calendar, and to the “Solano” and “Ensol” Companies, who contributed to its production.

To see the calendar, click here.

Everyone is Special

A new clip for the unique SPCA campaign for the Festival of Love – Tu B'Av

In the framework of the unique SPCA campaign for the Hebrew Festival of Love, “Their Tu B’Av”, the Department for Humanistic Education produced a clip to the song “Everyone is Special”, that was written for this occasion and sung by Tomer Hershkowitz. The campaign wishes to emphasize that while we are celebrating Tu B’Av, a day which, according to Jewish tradition, marks love and reconciliation, we should also remember our animals, who also need our love, warmth and attention.

The clip describes the daily life of a black, adult street dog, trying to survive in a cold and heartless world. While she is longing for a little sympathy, people pass her by and ignore her. In her loneliness, her heart contracts each time she sees other dogs showered with love by their owners. While she is searching through the garbage for food, she imagines herself enjoying a nice juicy bone. In her imagination she sees a warm and loving home, when in reality she has to cope with her destiny that showers blows upon her mercilessly.

In the clip, Nemesh, a nine-year-old black Labrador plays the leading role. She was chosen because of the painful fact with which the SPCA adoption counselors have to deal on a daily basis – potential adopters who are inclined to pass over dark-coated cats and dogs. Along with Nemesh appear other dogs who came with their owners for auditions that were published on the SPCA internet site and Facebook page.

On Tu B’Av (August 11) we will hold a festive adoption day and we invite the public to come to the SPCA facility at 159 Herzl Street in Tel Aviv to choose a new four-legged friend, who will become an inseparable part of the family.

Happy Tu B’Av to all, people and animals alike.

We wish to thank everyone who contributed their skills and talents to produce this clip, as well as all those who took an active part in this important campaign.

Words, music and vocals: Tomer Hershkowitz| Director: Gili Frickman| Photography: Sasha (Alexander) Gavrikov|Lighting: Daniel Bar| Professional consultant: Dr. Michal Kirshner – Dog trainer| Assistant Director: Keren Paldi| Offline Editor: Tal Ovad| Online Editor: Uri Alon|Producer: Yaniv Ovadia| Assistant Producers: Leora Hai, Ilya Weiner, Idan Portal| With: Tomer Hershkowitz, Noya Spivak, Lital Yochai, Assaf Gerti