THE Animal Welfare Society of South Africa marks its 90th anniversary this year. David Ritchie African News Agency (ANA)
Cape Town - The Animal Welfare Society (AWS) will be heading into July with an event to celebrate Mandela Day and encourage the public to spend their 67 minutes of making an impact on society through animals.

On July 18 and July 20, the public are invited to spend their 67 minutes at the AWS in Philippi from 10am to 1pm.

All pet owners and animal-conscious individuals will be able to make a difference in the lives of animals which have suffered from various types of trauma.

Allan Perrins, the resource development and communications officer at AWS, said: “Our priority is animals, but we always take a holistic approach and care about people and their pets. The well-being and welfare of the owner at the other end of the leash is as important to us as the pet being taken for a stroll. Animals cohabit our environment and form an integral part of our lives. Animals give without any expectation of receiving. They have the ability to teach us some very valuable life lessons.”

Perrins said AWS wants to encourage the public to become immersed in what the organisation does and how it does it.

It does not use external fundraising or marketing agencies to raise funds, he added. It receives no funding from the government or the City of Cape Town and are entirely dependent on the generosity of the public.

Primary expenses mainly go towards medication and vehicle-operating costs. Hospitals account for approximately 35% of all expenditure.

This year the Animal Welfare Society of SA celebrates its 90th Anniversary which makes it the 2nd oldest Animal Welfare organization in South Africa. As such and in keeping with this years celebratory theme they plan to celebrate Mandela Day 2019 by opening their doors to the public (on one day) and corporate groups (on another day) where they can spend their 67 minutes walking, feeding, cuddling and conversing with the many adorable pets in their care. Video: Tracey Adams:/African News Agency(ANA)

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