Long walks for doggies

Pictured are director of Personal Trust Philip Kilroe, AWS SA vice-chairman Dr John McMullen, AWS SA chairman Dr Jim McNamara, and John le Roux, AWS SA president and executive chairperson of Personal Trust, which sponsored the costs of the upgrade of the exercise run. A brand-new vehicle was sponsored by The Isdell Family Foundation.

More than 160 volunteers from around Cape Town turned up to help the Animal Welfare Society on Mandela Day. Over half-a-ton of pet food, treats, blankets and bowls were donated.

“While we had hoped that every dog in our care would be walked at least once, they were all walked countless times,” said Allan Perrins, the resource development and communications officer for the Animal Welfare Society of South Africa (AWS SA).

“Two hundred square metres of walls were freshly painted and amidst all this excitement we adopted several animals, rescued a tiny lost kitten, accepted several generous pledges and made many new friends to mention but a few highlights of this memorable occasion filled with treasured moments and precious memories. The spirit of Ubuntu was with us in no small way as we celebrated Mandela Day,” said Mr Perrins.

They also launched their website on Wednesday July 18, which he described as “a milestone we have worked hard towards achieving”. In March next year AWS SA will celebrate its 90th Anniversary “and we’re just as committed now as we have been since 1929. With your kind and generous support, we always will be,” said Mr Perrins.