The 1000 Paws Walk for SPCA is an annual event now in its 12th year. It has proven year after year to be the largest single fundraising event for the three participating branches of the SPCA, namely the Pietermaritzburg, Umngeni-Howick, and Mooi River & District SPCA branches.
The funding is used for outreach work to uplift and assist the area’s impoverished communities, where people rely on their animals for security and companionship, transport, and food. The SPCA serves the needs of all animals, from domestic pets to livestock, wildlife, birds, fish, and reptiles. No financial assistance is provided by government and all branches of the SPCA are required to raise money from their individual communities. This obviously has an impact on smaller SPCA branches in rural and indigent areas.
By joining forces, these three branches of the SPCA plan our successful multi-faceted event that also includes:
A raffle with top-notch prizes such as 5-star getaways and cruises.
A schools campaign where classes at schools across the three districts compete to raise the most money for 1000 Paws. The winning class per school is rewarded with a much-anticipated pizza party.
The 1000 Paws Walk event is extremely popular, attracting in excess of 1200 people (many with their dogs) and is based on an Australian fund-raising concept. There are two walks within the grounds of Hilton College, a 2km walk around the playing fields and a scenic 4km walk overlooking Albert Falls Dam. Families love a day in the open where kids can safely have fun with their pets, and those without dogs or who don’t want to bring them along have a fun-filled day nevertheless, with dog-focused activities, stalls, refreshments, displays and live entertainment.
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