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Silver Muzzle Sanctuary: A Haven of Hope and Healing

Silver Muzzle Sanctuary: A Haven of Hope and Healing

Cecilie Hemsen Berg

Nestled in the heart of Cape Town, the Silver Muzzle Sanctuary stands as a beacon of love and compassion for senior dogs abandoned by their owners. This heartwarming journey began in 2010 when the founder, Reece, was involved in an accident that forced her to change her path in life. 

We at Nala Health are proud sponsors of Silver Muzzle Sanctuary, and Nala Health dog food has brought about remarkable changes in the lives of these senior residents. This is the story of Silver Muzzle Sanctuary.

The Birth of Silver Muzzle Sanctuary

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In 2010, a simple call from my son, who was working with missionaries at the local Community Center, changed my life. He asked if I wanted to take in an old, homeless dog. Without hesitation, I said, “Of course I do.” This marked the beginning of my journey to feed and care for the many starving dogs in Westlake.

As I was in the area, I was struck by the tragic conditions many dogs were living in. This sight moved me to action, and I began making daily trips with my car loaded with dog food, water, and medical supplies to ensure no dog went hungry. This mission continued for years as PawFriends Animal Rescue Organization until a life-altering accident occurred.

A New Beginning from Tragedy

A devastating motorcycle accident left me unable to walk for about a year, making me feel useless. However, this period of despair led to a divine revelation: I could turn my home into a sanctuary for old dogs abandoned by their owners. Thus, The PawFriends Silver Muzzle Sanctuary NPO 138-085 was born, providing a haven for senior dogs to live out their days in peace and comfort.

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The Joy of Caring for Senior Dogs

Senior dogs are a joy to care for. They are calm, grateful, and appreciative of the love and affection they receive. As word spread about our sanctuary, more dogs in need of care and attention found their way to us. Nutrition plays a crucial role in the recovery and well-being of these dogs, many of whom have spent their lives malnourished and neglected. We were getting cases of extreme starvation and abuse.

Discovering Nala Health

I am a strong believer in good nutrition. It is crucially important for a dog who has spent a lifetime eating potato peels, tomato ends or pap.  You’re fighting a lifetime of malnutrition and parasite infestation with these loving needed dogs.  Preferring a food without GMOs or colourants or antibiotics/steroids can be a challenge.

I always read the ingredient list carefully, and it’s challenging to find a complete food with easily digestible protein, healthy fat, and without GMOs, dyes, or antibiotic/steroid residues. I’m particularly sceptical when I see terms like animal by-products, meat meal, poultry protein, and animal fat – what exactly do these ingredients contain?

The search for the perfect dog food led me to Nala Health. Intrigued by their clean and pure ingredients, I contacted them to learn more. The Nala Health team visited Silver Muzzle Sanctuary, and their commitment to addressing nutritional deficiencies and avoiding harmful additives impressed me. I decided to try Nala Health dog food on some of our dogs with chronic health issues.

Success Stories with Nala Health

Wilson and Tator’s Weight Loss Journey

Wilson, a pug, and Tator Tot, a Miniature Pinscher, both had heart issues and struggled with weight loss. After five months on Nala Health, both dogs reached their ideal weight, easing the strain on their hearts and joints. Proper nutrition helped them achieve their healthiest selves.

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Bella’s Battle with UTIs

Tiny Bella, the world’s smallest pug, suffered from neurological issues and frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs). The infections were costly and difficult to manage. Since starting Nala Health, Bella hasn’t had a single UTI, a significant relief and joy for us all.

Max’s Transformation

Max suffered from severe allergic reactions to food, resulting in hives, red ears, and obsessive scratching. Despite trying numerous diets and treatments, nothing worked. However, after switching to Nala Health, Max’s symptoms began to subside. Within three months, his reactions were gone, and he could enjoy his meals without suffering.

Bagheera’s Skin Improvement

Bagheera, plagued with severe skin issues, experienced a dramatic improvement with Nala Health. His thick, black, itchy skin turned soft and pink, and the foul odor caused by oozing skin vanished. His quality of life has greatly improved.

Personal Care and Commitment

At Silver Muzzle Sanctuary, I personally care for all the dogs. Many come from abusive backgrounds and are fearful of humans. By providing individual attention and love, I ensure they receive the proper care and medical attention they need. Watching them learn from each other and regain their trust in humans is awe-inspiring.

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The journey continues

“Silver Muzzle Sanctuary is more than just a refuge for senior dogs; it’s a testament to the power of love, compassion, and proper nutrition. Nala Health has played a crucial role in transforming the lives of our residents, allowing them to thrive in their golden years. This sanctuary is a gift from God, and I am eternally grateful for the blessings it has brought into my life. For anyone looking to improve their dog’s health, I highly recommend Nala Health. It has been a game-changer for us, and I am confident it can do the same for others. Thank you, Nala Health, for helping our beloved dogs live their best lives”, says Reece while being surrounded with her unique furry four-legged family of happy and grateful “Golden Oldies”.