Life’s better shared, especially with a loving pet.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition and the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA along with celebrities including former Miss South Africa and TV personality Jo-Ann Strauss, comedian Kurt Schoonraad and radio and TV presenter, Liezel van der Westhuizen, have declared October ‘Pet Adoption Month’ to encourage more people to give a dog or cat a ‘forever home’.
Kurt and his family recently had to bid farewell to their rescue dog, Algebra, who they shared their home with for 17 years: “Algebra just had a way of putting a smile on our faces. We miss him dearly. When we were ready to get a new puppy we didn’t even think twice – we strongly believe in adopting and providing homes to animals in need. Our new family member keeps me chuckling – yes, even more than usual!” says Kurt about his new Pitbull puppy, who he adopted from an animal welfare organisation in Cape Town.
So committed are Hill’s to helping the CoGH SPCA find forever homes for the animals currently in their care, that they are donating R100 for every pet adopted at this Cape Town organization during October! Plus, each pet will get a free bag of Hill’s, the food recommended by veterinarians worldwide.
“I can’t imagine my children growing up without animals. Three of my dogs are adopted and they have turned out to be wonderful, loyal and fun-loving companions to my family,” says Hill’s Marketing Manager, Carla Bath
At the CoGH SPCA Animal Care Centre there is a great selection of breeds and personalities to choose from and the centre’s experienced team of staff – who share more than 40 years of experience between them – will be on-hand to make sure you find your perfect companion.
“We take our job as match-makers very seriously,” says SPCA Animal Care Centre Manager, Margie Ainscow. “In addition to the veterinary checks, every single dog available for adoption is behaviourally assessed and we know each cat’s personality intimately, which reduces uncertainty for adopters and helps us recommend the right pet,” she says.
Adopting a pet also makes good financial sense. The SPCA adoption fees of R570 for a dog and R520 for a cat, includes the cost of sterilisation, first vaccination, de-worming, micro-chip, an ID disc and free medical treatment, in the unlikely event that your pet falls ill in the first two weeks after being adopted.
Jo-Ann Strauss, who avidly supports the CoGH SPCA Adoption Campaign, can’t wait for the day when she too can adopt a pet: “I recently shared my wedding day with three gorgeous dogs and would fill my home with animals if I could – life for me is definitely better shared with a furry friend.”
Whether you adopt or not you can show your support for the Hill’s SPCA “Life’s Better Shared” adoption campaign by adding your signature and message of support to the giant Adoption Campaign Supporter Wall at the CoGH SPCA in Grassy Park (cnr 1st Rd and First Ave). The wall will be open for signing on Saturday 6 October and Sunday 7 October between 8:00 and 12:00 and throughout October.
For more information visit www.lifesbettershared.co.za or call the Cape of Good Hope SPCA on 021 700 4146 / 4179.
For more on animal matters see http://scenicsouth.co.za//civic-community/animal-matters/
Ten good reasons for adopt from the Cape of Good Hope SPCA:
1. Help – choosing the right pet for you and your family.
2. Health – each dog and cat is given a full veterinary examination before going home and there is free SPCA veterinary care in the unlikely event that your pet becomes sick in the first two weeks.
3. Cost – the adoption fee of R520 for a cat and R570 for a dog includes sterilisation, first vaccination, de-worming, pet identity micro-chip and ID disc.
4. Behaviour – all adopted pets are assessed by a behaviourist so you get expert advice on their likes and dislikes.
5. Choice – there’s a great selection of breeds and personalities to choose from.
6. Service – great service from people who really care about the animals and the people who adopt them.
7. Saves lives – another animal can take over the shelter space that you have freed up.
8. Sets a great example that shelter animals make great companions!
9. Free small bag of Hill’s – a premium pet food recommended by vets around the world.
10. Unconditional love – your adopted pet will be more appreciative than you could imagine.