SPCA dog walk set to take place at St Dominics Newcastle.

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Being kind to animals reflects who you are as a person. It shows your true self.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

But who will ensure that we make the necessary moral progress to treat animals with respect, care and love? Who will be the voice of the animal kingdom within our community?

To ensure society does not infringe on the rights of animals, the SPCA is an organisation which dedicates itself to protecting those who cannot speak for themselves.

Working tirelessly within our town, the Newcastle SPCA relies heavily on the generosity of the community. It is through the support of residents that the SPCA can truly make a positive impact on the lives of animals.

In order to raise awareness for the organisation, a dog walk will be held at St Dominics School on July 27.

Organisers, Samantha and Jamie Botha explain this is more than a mere fund-raiser. “This is an opportunity to give back to the SPCA who work so hard to protect animals within our community,” says Samantha.

Jamie adds this is also an ideal opportunity to give the SPCA exposure within the community. “People will be able to interact with members of the SPCA on the day and find out more about their respective duties.”

With a set path allocated for the dog walk, Samantha and Jamie say this is also the ideal opportunity for animal lovers to enjoy a morning out with their beloved pets and other animal lovers.

The entrance fee is either cat or dog food, which will assist the SPCA to ensure the animals in its care are well-fed.

Stalls will also be available on the day for people to enjoy. “Even if you do not have a pet, you can still enjoy the atmosphere at the event,” says Samantha.

With the gates to the event set to open at 9 am, the community is encouraged to show their support for the love of Newcastle’s animals.

For more information on the event or to set up a stall at the event, contact Jamie Botha on 076 214 9103 or Samantha Botha on samantha.b1@curro.co.za

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