Cape Town - Local animal welfare organisations are encouraging pet lovers to make a difference on Mandela Day next month.
The Animal Welfare Society of South Africa (AWS SA) will launch a one-of-a-kind walk-through vaccination clinic, where the first 50 pets will be vaccinated for free on Mandela Day.
The Animal Welfare Society Stellenbosch (AWSS) is hoping people come out in their numbers to spend 67 minutes helping with projects in their kennels and cattery.
AWS SA spokesperson Allan Perrins said Mandela Day provides those more fortunate to help those less fortunate in so many inspiring ways.
“The Animal Welfare Society of South Africa (AWS SA) was founded on the notion of paying it forward (giving) and owes its 93 years of existence and long list of accomplishments to its magnanimous donors.
“The inequalities we deal with on a daily basis are “in your face” and undeniable. Seeing the world through rose-tinted glasses is to deny our everyday reality, so we can only hope that the spirit of Mandela Day will be embraced by those wanting to make a difference and be a change-maker, even if only for one day.
“The success of our Mandela Day celebration pivots on everyone’s willingness to share, and we hope that Cape Town will open their hearts and wallets to support our magnificent cause that is all about bettering the lives of people and pets,” he said.
Head of fundraising and communications for AWSS, Jessica Perrins, said they are excited to be able to host Mandela Day after a number of their in-person events were postponed or cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Everyone has experienced hardships over the last two years, yet I have seen the generosity and spirit of giving shine brighter than ever. Animal lovers coming together to rescue animals, donate pet food and provide comfort to those in need.
“As people experience economic adversities, many have had to make the heartbreaking decision to give up their pets. Our kennels and cattery have experienced a significant increase in pet surrenders, and we are counting on you to give the gift of hope this Mandela Day,” she said.