August / September Newsletter
August / September 2023
Dear Members, Friends, Volunteers & Supporters,
Herewith the August/September newsletter which carries mixed emotions.
It is with great sadness that I write to you with the news that we have lost one of our committee members Susi Berman who unfortunately passed away last week. Our thoughts and prayers are with Susi's husband and family at this difficult time. Susi was a much loved and respected part of the Triple A community and I know that many of you will be shocked and saddened by the loss of a wonderful soul and a great animal lover who did so much for our shelter and especially for the street cats for so many years. We appreciate that this news is very upseMng. Susi & her husband Bruce have done so much to help Triple A and together, in due course, we will be organising a fiMng tribute to honour her memory. Susi worked incredibly hard to organise much of the work that has been done at the new shelter and has been a rock of support to me personally during the course of this project and transition. She will be sorely missed. We have received some donations for the animals in Susi's memory and for this, I know Susi would have been incredibly grateful - Thank you.
With the new shelter in mind, our move is now imminent. The building works are reaching the final stages and over the coming weeks, we will be able to start the task of moving our animals to their new shelter. The move from our provisional site up to the new facility will be an enormous task, not only to move the animals but also the huge amount of equipment we need, so any assistance you can give would be so much appreciated. We had a great response following the last newsletter but we do need as many people as possible please. The move will be carefully organised with designated team leaders to oversee each area .With 600 animals, some of whom will be very stressed and scared, it is important the transition goes as smoothly as possible. If you would like to help in any way at all please email EliseTripleAtigmail.com with your full name and telephone number and if possible how you are able to assist. At the end of next week we will be able to give an exact date for the move, however please be patient as we would like to ensure that the facility is fully ready to receive animals before we commence.
In other news the last two months have seen more animals moving to their forever homes. Since the start of the year, 270 dogs and 239 cats have been adopted. We have also had a number of animals finding their forever homes in the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Holland and Estonia. Thank you to all of those on the adoptions team who make this possible and to the volunteers who assist with all the important preparations.
Given the number of animals that we have arriving at our shelter, one of the areas we always strive to develop is our medical department. We are extremely thankful to welcome Andre Evers - seniorveterinarian at Pointer Clinic for many years who is currently on a sabbatical and very kindly lending his time to helpTriple A. Andre has a wealth of experience and is highly respected amongst our community and beyond. Andre will be assisting with seMng up our new clinical department and helping the process of recruiting and assessing new staff to join our team. We are extremely grateful to Andre and Pointer Clinic for their ongoing backing. Much appreciation also to the veterinarians always on hand to help us with external specialist and emergency care including Dogo Azul, BluCare, Mamut, Myramar and UR Vet.
External veterinary care is crucial to help many of our animals especially those who have long term illnesses, injuries and life limiting conditions that require outside help. We are often faced with unforeseen medical expenses that we struggle to meet and we would like to say a huge thank you to the volunteers and supporters who assist us with covering those costs and also for taking their time to help animals needing specific aid. This month, I would like to extend personal thanks to some special individuals who have supported us physically and financially with some special cases: dedicated volunteers Roxy & Marcus for taking care of Nicki, an abandoned AmStaff struggling to walk aber a suspected road accident, Angelika ourcoordinator who always goes above and beyond to ensure animals are in good health prior to travel - most recently handsome Johnson who is now enjoying his wonderful new forever home and to Kelly-Louise who has been working tirelessly raising funds to help littleTeodore currently in her foster care who was paralysed aber a terrible injury but is now slowly beginning to walk again. We also have many volunteers always on hand to foster and nurture our cats; this is so much appreciated in particular when the shelter is full. Special thanks go to Sylvia, Araceli, Daniella and Louisa.
As many of you know the cost of keeping Triple A open is extremely high and we are constantly working hard to keep going so that the abandoned animals can continue to receive the care they need. Without the help of volunteers, donors and sponsors like you, this would not be possible. In conjunction with our new shelter opening we are introducing a new initiative - kennel and catio sponsorship through which individuals, companies and families can sponsor an area of the new shelter. This is a lovely way to be involved in the work of Triple A and have a personal connection with the shelter and our animals. This initiative will also be crucial to the future running of the shelter. If you would like to take part, please call into the office for more information or send an email directly to TriplaAsponsorshiptigmail.com.
Finally please join us at our next fundraiser if you can - “Halloweiner!” Saturday 28th September at 8pm until late at La Sala Banus - for more information please contact Kelly-Louise via infotitripleamarbella.org.
We will be back in touch again soon to bring you more details of the shelter move. Thank you for your continued support especially with the time you give each and every day to be with the animals and give them precious moments of happiness while they wait patiently for a forever home.
Hearfelt thanks and warm regards Elise Emanuelle Dunweber Presidenta