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COLLECTORS SOUGHT TO HELP ANIMALS SAFE national street appeal against animal cruelty. SAFE is now calling for hundreds of volunteers to help collect during its annual street appeal on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 December 2010. “It only takes a few hours of raising money to help save the lives of maltreated animals,” says SAFE appeal organiser Sacha Dowell. “Collecting for SAFE is a fun and rewarding way to give something back at a time of year when animals are often forgotten.” Volunteers around the country are already registering to collect but the organisation needs well over 1400 collectors if it is to reach its target of $350,000. Money raised over the two days will be used to fund campaigns and humane education projects in the new year. A huge variety of colourful animal costumes will be available and collectors are encouraged to join SAFE’s new ‘Sponsor a Collector’ scheme to maximise their efforts. All collectors go into a draw to win a cruelty-free hamper worth over $500. PN

To volunteer as a SAFE collector please register online at or call 0800 SAVE US.

RIP: OUR LOVELY FRIEND ROMMEL Rommel Townsend–Paley 1 March 2000 – 1 November 2010 It is with great sadness and many tears that we announce the passing of a very good friend of ours. Rommel, the Rottweiler passed away on Monday, 1 November at his home, surrounded by his Mum Vanessa, his brothers Bruiser and Klaus and his good friends and family. He was diagnosed with bone cancer earlier this year and many of you will have seen him hopping around on three legs after one of his limbs was amputated. He did very well on three legs, but unfortunately he developed a different kind of cancer in one of his other legs. He was almost 11 years old. Rommel has been a well known character in the area since he was a tiny puppy. Vanessa always brought her boy to work with her at Vetcare Grey Lynn and he has made many friends over the years. Known for his enthusiastic greeting of good friends, his beautiful white fur and his many tricks, Rommel has really made a name for himself and we know a lot of you will miss him. “All of us at VetCare miss him sitting behind us with his paws crossed, barking at couriers and bike helmets and giving us kisses upon request,” says Alex Melrose. “Whilst we will find it hard not to have him around, we know it was his time. Vanessa has always done the very best for her boy and this was no exception. We are all very proud of her strength and humility.” In lieu of flowers that we know a few of you may be thinking of sending, perhaps you could make a donation to an animal charity of your choice, to help other animals become as lucky as Rommel has been. Rest in peace our big friend. PN

RESCUED FROM VICTORIA PARK MARKET - PLEASE HELP ME FIND A LOVING HOME Living rough in a derelict building at Victoria Market isn’t easy. To make it harder, renovations to the market are starting soon leaving me without any shelter or a home. I am young, shy but very playful. I am slowly building back my trust in people and need a loving home where I will have lots of understanding and security. I am house trained and domesticated, and I have a love of mohair rugs! PN Can you help? Please phone Billie on M: 021 671 712 or T: 09 378 6860

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DECEMBER/JANUARY '10/ '11 Ponsonby News  
DECEMBER/JANUARY '10/ '11 Ponsonby News  

Christmas issue - covering December and January - news/views and all that is happening in and around Ponsonby