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Getting Tjokker to NZ

Closed Cause page created in the Animals category by Mariné Lourens

$1,275 of $6,000 goal
Given by 33 generous donors in 21 days

This very special boy once saved is dad from a house fire. Now he needs help to get home to his parents in NZ!

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This is Tjokker, a beautiful, happy and very busy doggo currently living in South Africa. Tjokker is a German Shorthaired Pointer with a very special soul and quite a unique story. When he was only 10 months old he escaped from the yard and ended up in front of a van on a busy road. Tjokker was lucky to be alive. His pelvis had been broken in three places and his bladder was torn. He had to have extensive surgery to repair the damage and put together his pelvis with screws and metal rods.

With his naturally high energy levels, the months of rehabilitation that followed was hell for our boy. But he made it through and today is as happy and healthy as he ever was!

In 2018, Tjokker had another brush with death. My husband woke up in the middle of the night to Tjokker standing next to our bed incessantly barking. My husband realised something was wrong, because Tjokker was in a total panic. When he opened the bedroom door, the rest of the house was already engulfed in flames. He scrambled to get the sliding door in the bedroom open and him and Tjokker managed to get out of the house just in time.

In November last year, my husband and I moved to New Zealand. As soon as we arrived we started the lengthy and costly process of bringing Tjokker to New Zealand. Before we were even halfway through, the coronavirus pandemic hit and everything changed.

My husband is self-employed and works directly with international clients from all over the world. When all the flights ground to a halt, so did his job. I work for the media who has come under extreme pressure due to the pandemic and as a result I’ve had to take a pay cut.

Suddenly we are down to one salary until at least next year and on top of that, that one salary has been reduced. This has put us in a very difficult position where we are unable to afford the very expensive process of bringing Tjokker to New Zealand.

To us there is no question - Tjokker will join us in New Zealand even if it means we have to save every spare cent for as long as it takes to make this happen. He is a part of our family and we will never leave him behind. Tjokker literally saved my husband’s life and there is nothing we wouldn’t do for him.

But the longer it takes, the longer we have to be apart from him which is simply heartbreaking. My husband was due to go back to South Africa and to Tjokker in May, but that is no longer a possibility. Every single day we wonder what Tjokker is thinking and if he thinks we abandoned him. It breaks our hearts!

We would give anything to be reunited with our boy. Any donation would help so much and just push us a little closer to getting our Tjokker back with us where he belongs. I appreciate you taking the time to read Tjokker’s story and consider donating!

Use of funds

The identified goal is based on the best quotation we could get from a pet travel company. It will be used to cover the airfreight, veterinary costs, blood tests, customs release fee, travel agency fees and quarantine fees.

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The test results are in!  29 August 2020

Posted by: Mariné Lourens

We woke up to very good news this morning - Tjokker's blood test results have arrived! We are so excited as this was the step of the process that has the longest wait-time.

Unfortunately that does not mean Tjokker can be loaded on to a plane just yet - now comes another round of blood tests, more vaccinations and his import permit application. When they told us this is a long process, they were definitely not joking!

We cannot wait to have our boy here and we're already planning for all the fun things we are going to do with him as soon as he arrives. Stay tuned - we'll keep you updated all the way! xx

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Latest donations

Burger Love
Burger Love on 10 Jun 2020
Mariné Lourens

Hierdie is amptelik ons heel jongste donor!! 💜 Baie baie dankie julle drie!! Ons mis en lief julle te veel!

Mariné Lourens
Darrin on 05 Jun 2020
Mariné Lourens

Thank you so much for your generous donation, we are so thankful!! Cannot wait to have our boy back home.

Mariné Lourens
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 05 Jun 2020
Mariné Lourens

Thank you for the support, we are so grateful!

Mariné Lourens
Jenny on 04 Jun 2020
Vir jou, my ou Choclit (Tjokkie). Die trane loop, want jy is so spesiaal! ♡♡
Mariné Lourens

Aaahhh, Tjokker se gunsteling tannie wat nooit omgee vir sy slobber soene nie! Baie, baie dankie - ons waardeer dit meer as wat ons kan sê!!

Mariné Lourens
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 04 Jun 2020
Mariné Lourens

Thank you for helping us reunite with our doggo!!

Mariné Lourens

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