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Remembering Lesley Willis: A Farewell to Our Beloved Colleague and Good friend

It’s with deep disappointment that we share the information of the passing of our beloved Lesley. Her sudden admission to the hospital and the following issues got here as a shock to all of us. Regardless of the perfect efforts, Lesley’s prognosis for restoration was not beneficial, and he or she peacefully handed away on Saturday, June twenty third.

Lesley’s presence throughout the TEARS Household spanned almost 25 years, leaving an indelible mark on our organisation. She began as a devoted volunteer within the early days of TEARS’ existence. Then, when TEARS was registered as a Non-Revenue Firm in 2001, Lesley grew to become one in all our first Administrators and held this place, for some time, till she expressed the will to work straight with the animals, particularly our canines and puppies. In 2002 we relocated our Kennels from Schaapkraal, close to Philippi, to our current rented facility in Lekkerwater Highway, Sunnydale, and it was right here that Lesley put her coronary heart and soul into the organisation, dedicating her time to our Shelter canines and puppies. Throughout this era she served as Kennel Supervisor in addition to Pet Supervisor, the place she excelled as a nurturing mom to our rescued canines, working carefully with our devoted workers and devoted volunteers, to supply the perfect take care of them.

A tough-working and dedicated particular person, with a coronary heart of gold, Lesley served in numerous positions at TEARS, additionally serving to out in our workplace and clinic, in addition to helping with coaching canines and puppies. One way or the other, she discovered the time to do residence visits for us too, earlier than a canine or pet was adopted into their without end residence. As well as, she ran a grooming parlour from the TEARS premises, remodeling soiled, matted, matted rescued mutts into stunning pooches. She had an everyday clientele who would deliver their pampered pets to her for grooming, and we have been all the time amazed at how stunning they seemed, as soon as that they had visited “Aunty Lesley”.

All through her journey as a part of the TEARS Household, Lesley was a loyal foster mom to tons of of TEARS puppies and canines and opened her residence to take care of compromised souls who wanted particular tender loving care. Lesley was additionally our go-to individual for orphaned puppies and generally kittens too and was a superb bottle-feeder for thus many who wouldn’t have survived, have been it not for her empathy, caring, and experience. She additionally discovered the time and power to take care of small canines when their house owners have been away, offering a home-from-home surroundings for them.

Though Lesley formally retired from TEARS three years in the past, she continued to foster animals and remained an integral a part of our prolonged household, popping into our Shelter in Lekkerwater Highway to say hiya and maybe deliver a canine or pet that wanted veterinary consideration. 

A ravishing gentle has been extinguished and though we’ll by no means see our treasured Lesley once more, her reminiscence will stay on in our hearts as we bear in mind her unimaginable contribution in caring for canines and puppies, and generally kittens too. Her dedication and compassion have been unwavering, and her presence will likely be sorely missed.

We prolong our deepest condolences to Lesley’s son Rob, daughter-in-law Heather, grandsons Shane and Dillon, and different members of the family. Our ideas are with you throughout this tough time, and we hope that the cherished recollections you maintain expensive deliver you consolation. Might you discover solace and power as you navigate by this profound loss.

In loving reminiscence of Lesley, could she relaxation in peace. Her spirit will without end reside throughout the essence of TEARS, guiding us ahead together with her extraordinary legacy.

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