16 truly touching quotes of 2019

A picture may say say a lot, but words come from the heart – especially when we’re talking about rescued animals.

With 2019 behind us, we wanted to reflect on the year in a way we haven’t done before. Here are our 16 favourite quotes of last year, spoken by 16 different animal lovers involved with RSPCA South Australia. Their words remind us why our mission work of helping animals in need is so important. But more than that, they give us hope for the future of animals in our state.

1. Special needs, and unique joy

Words by: Annie, who made our first adoption of 2019. Her kitty Cisco is a sweet deaf cat whose extremely sunburnt nose had to be removed.

2. A completed family – and a much-loved deaf kitten

Words by: Nadia, enamoured adopted owner of Keller – a beautifully natured deaf cat requiring extra love as a special needs kitty.

3. A level of trust that’s truly incredible

Words by: Darielle, adopted owner of Grace – a Great Dane who went from a neglected past to days spent running around her family’s acres in the Adelaide Hills.

4. ‘The one’

Words by: Amber, adopted owner and best friend of Charlie – an adorable ginger cat who was born at our shelter.

5. A hand-raised bond

Words by: Jessica, ‘failed’ foster carer and now adopted owner of Rod and Todd – gorgeous brothers who were orphaned as baby lambs.

6. Advice worth heeding

Words by: Marilyn, adopted owner of Morticia – a pug who went on an incredible weight loss journey at our Lonsdale shelter.

7. Volunteer perks

Words by: Neon, a dedicated volunteer gardener who’s been volunteering at our Lonsdale shelter for over six years!

8. When it’s more than just a coincidence

Words by: Liz, survivor of cancer and adopted owner of Roxy – a pup who survived neglect and helped Liz through her treatment.

9. It’s time

Words by: Andrea Lewis, Chief Inspector of RSPCA South Australia – commenting on how much better it is for animals to come into the care of RSPCA than to be neglected or abandoned.

10. The way to go

Words by: Karen, a long time cat rescuer and adopted owner of Willow – a sweet little kitty who had to have emergency surgery to remove two infected toes.

11. When a special puppy changes your whole perspective

Words by: Shelley, adopted owner of Lilly – a gorgeous girl who came to us with a badly broken leg as a tiny puppy.

12. Hope is restored

Words by: Katie, mum of two young toddlers and adopted owner of brave tabby Rush – who lost his leg after a dreadful injury, but has now become the best of friends with his (human) baby sisters!

13. A lifesaving choice

Words by: Sarah, Type 1 diabetic and adopted owner of Penny – a genuine wonder cat who has saved Sarah’s life twice!

14. A duo of survivors

Words by: Peter, survivor of a car accident and adopted owner of Tucker – an affectionate and gentle dog who was rescued from chronic neglect.

15. A message for our generous donors

Words by: Ariya, adopted owner of Finnick – a gorgeous tabby who recovered from a dreadfully painful leg injury.

16. Wise words

Words by: Alyssia, adopted owner of Harkness – a three-legged kitty who loves stealing food and has developed such an inseparable bond with his feline sibling.

Thanks for summing it up, Alyssia – we couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

If these beautiful quotes have one overwhelming theme, it’s that adoption is just as life-changing for owners as it is for rescue pets. If you’re considering opening your heart and home to a rescued animal like the ones lovingly mentioned in this post, head over here to see all our animals currently available for adoption.

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