Let’s go! It’s “Walkies” time!!

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Bridget Ringdahl and Liberty Bell, our sole remaining dog walkers braving the cold to take our doggies for a walk on Saturday mornings.

Roll up! Roll up! This is your chance to get THREE wonderful benefits, all at the same time and absolutely FREE. All it requires is 1½ to 2 hours of your time on a Saturday morning!

Benefit 1: Giving something back to your community
Benefit 2: Exercising your legs and strengthening your arm muscles
Benefit 3: Having fun and meeting a wide range of delightful four-legged friends

The SPCA kennels are full of dogs of all shapes and sizes, waiting to be adopted. They get very bored, cooped up in their cages and runs, day after day. They really need some enthusiastic and dedicated helpers to come and take them out for walks…

The walks take place from the SPCA kennels in Campbell Road at 8am to 10.00 am every Saturday. Volunteers need to be reasonably fit and should bring their own leads: the rope “noose”-types are best, as the dogs do not have collars, and the leads have to fit a wide range of sizes– at present from a Jack Russell to a Great Dane! You will need to sign an Indemnity formthe first time you come, volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult on the walks, so younger volunteers should bring their parents with them. Wear old clothes, as the dogs often jump up and have muddy paws! If you don’t actually want to walk, there are always lots of puppies that need to be introduced to the idea of being on a lead within the SPCA grounds. Puppies, just as any human baby, also really need interaction and affection to develop normally, so simply playing and loving them is another wonderful option.

Many animal lovers say they could not bear to interact with the homeless dogs and would get too attached to them and be devastated if they did not get homes and had to be put down. In actual fact, the uMngeni SPCA has an exceptionally high success rate with adoptions and very few of the animals are euthanized. Walkers do get attached to the dogs, and there is great rejoicing when the volunteers arrive on a Saturday and hear that certain of the dogs have been adopted and are “going home”. It is also very rewarding to watch how nervous animals, who are at first too scared to do more than crawl on their stomachs or roll over, gradually develop confidence and become happy walkers.

At present there are only 2 or 3 volunteers who walk every Saturday. The kennels can accommodate a large number of dogs (not counting the puppies). This means that we often cannot walk all the dogs every week. Please come and help us, and give these dear dogs some affection and exercise and be instantly rewarded with lots of wags and licks!
(article courtesy of Liberty Bell)
If you would like to volunteer, please give Tess a call on 076 301 4827.

On another note: We have launched our 100 Club Piggy Bank and Kitty-Cat Shareholdings projects and we would love it if you would join one of these projects and help us help more animals in our care! All you need to do is go into one our local shop outlets or kennels, grab a brochure of your choice and fill out the debit order form attached. Hand it in and we will do the rest! Prizes up for grabs for everyone that signs up in September and October!

Meet the team

Rita Sosibo

Rita SosiboRita is our kennel cleaner and has been with the organization for 9 months. Her role in maintaining the kennels, and keeping a high level of hygiene in these areas, is very important.

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