MEDIA RELEASE ISSUED BY THE TSHWANE SPCA DATE OF RELEASE: 21 SEPTEMBER 2009 MEDIA RELEASE: CELEBS JOIN SPCA IN NATIONAL ANIMAL WEEK CELEBRATIONS The Tshwane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) will be celebrating National Animal Week from 4 to 10 October 09. Celebrities such as Sean Else (ex member of EDEN band), Michelle (SABC TV – Wild LTD) and Riaan Garforth-Venter (DIY met Riaan), Garth Collins (Gladiator), Vinette Ebrahim (7De Laan) and Camila du Plooy (Ms Pretoria Show 2009) will act as adjudicators for the pet competition, scheduled for 10 October 09. World Animal Day started in 1931. Since then it has grown to encompass all kinds of animal life. October 4 was chosen as World Animal Day as it is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. The whole purpose of the week is to draw attention to animals in a celebratory way. The focus is positive and an appreciation of the wealth of animal life in South Africa. The SPCA cares for, protects and works with all species of animals and is using National Animal Week to promote kindness, compassion, responsible pet ownership and respect for all animals. “The Tshwane SPCA will present various activities during this week at the three SPCA branches, namely Pretoria (situated in Waltloo), Centurion and Kungwini (formerly known as Bronkhorstspruit). We invite the community to join in the celebrations and we would like to encourage everybody to use this special time to commemorate their love and respect for animals” says Elsa Daniels, spokesperson for Tshwane SPCA. “We acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives and are thankful for the way in which they enrich our lives. Together we hope to raise awareness of the plight of all animals” she says. She furthermore said that the SPCA is dependant on donations either financial or by means of various goods, including pet food, blankets and other pet necessities and would also like to thank the public for their loyal and continued support. Please contact your nearest SPCA office for more detail on the activities and entry forms for the Pet Competition. The information will also be available on the Tshwane website, go to www.spcapta.co.za Tshwane SPCA personnel can be contacted at the following telephone numbers: Pretoria Branch Centurion Branch Kungwini (Bronkhorstspruit) Branch Tel 012 - 803 5219 Tel 012 - 664 5644 Tel 013 - 932 2020 Emergency Tel No: Emergency Tel No: Emergency Tel No: 083 453 3863 082 807 5671 083 290 7498 Ends (Programme for the week listed below) PROGRAMME FOR THE WEEK Pretoria Branch (Waltloo) 4 -11 October Identipet microchip implants for pets at a reduced price. Vaccinations for pets at a reduced price. Sterilisations will be done at reduced prices. Please take note that this only applies to pet owners who qualify as a low income group. Bookings are essential and terms and conditions apply. 4 Oct 09 (Sunday) 10h00 - 11h00 Prayer Ceremony and blessing of animals, to mark World Animal Day and St Francis Day. Companion animals are welcome. Please ensure that pets are kept on leashes at all times. Refreshments will be served after the proceedings. 10 Oct 09 (Saturday) 09h00 - 10h00 Pet Competition. (Categories: Pet & Owner Lookalike, Best Groomed Pet, Ex-adopted SPCA Pet). The first 50 pet entries, will each receive a free Identipet microchip. 10h30 - 16h00 Animal First Aid Short Course. Dog Training. Free Dipping for Animals throughout the day. Singer Marlene Eloff will provide live entertainment and music for the day. Market stalls of various companies will be displayed. Mc Carthy Toyota Gezina will display their latest edition of new vehicles for 2010. Many prizes can be won. A beer garden will also be available. Refreshments will be sold. The day promises to be filled with lots of fun and entertainment for all. Centurion Branch (Lyttelton) 5 to 9 Oct 09 Identipet microchip implants for pets at a reduced price. Bookings are essential and terms and conditions apply. A Colouring Competition for junior learners at schools in the area. Parents to contact the Centurion branch for more details. Sterilisations will be done at reduced prices. Veterinarians in the Centurion area are willing to carry out cat sterilizations at reduced prices. Cat sterilisations at reduced prices will also be carried out at the Centurion branch. Kindly contact the Centurion SPCA which will provide details on the closest veterinarian in your area. Please take note that this only applies to pet owners who qualify as a low income group. Kungwini (Bronkhorstspruit) Branch 6 Oct 09 (Tuesday) SPCA Educational DVD’s at Kungwini Municipal library. 4 to11 Oct 09 Identipet microchip implants for pets at a reduced price. Vaccinations for pets at a reduced price. Sterilisations will be done at reduced prices. Please take note that this only applies to pet owners who qualify as a low income group. Bookings are essential and terms and conditions apply. Colouring Competition for junior learners at schools in the area.