It is often said that dogs are a man’s best friend, but a group of animal lovers hope to turn that slogan on its head tonight, when they will star in the best friend role.
The Animal Welfare Society of Port Elizabeth is hosting a fun fundraising drive for a much-needed puppy quarantine building at the society’s Walmer premises in Victoria Drive.
To raise money, the society is holding an evening where people will get first-hand experience of “a day in the life of an animal”.
To do this, participants will spend Friday night (24/03/17) in the shelter with the resident cats and dogs.
The Animal Welfare Society, founded in 1971, is inviting residents to take part in the initiative, where food and beverage stalls as well as pet goodies will be on sale.
Animal Welfare social relations officer Janine van Zyl said: “We’re hoping this initiative will attract people [to] spend the night with the animals, donate whatever they can and maybe even adopt a puppy or a kitten.
“I know this sounds like a cliche, but I always find such joy when animals are taken care of – from when they come in after being a stray for such a long time, right up to when a loving family comes to adopt them.”
Van Zyl said the society had never before hosted a sleepover, but it had been in the pipeline for a while.
A quarantine building would be an important addition to the society’s premises as puppies would spend three weeks in it and be fed, washed, trained and monitored.
“We want to be sure the puppies are healthy and ready when it’s time for them to go to homes,” she said.
“We vaccinate them, we deworm them and make sure that after the three weeks are up, they are ready for adoption to loving homes.”