Coveted Mutt and Meow of the Year titles up for grabs!
Good news for all doting pet owners – the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA and premium pet food manufacturer Royal Canin, are once again in search of the most inspiring pet and owner relationships in their second annual SPCA Royal Canin Mutt and Meow of the Year online competition, which will run from 11 June to 11 July 2013.
Says Lise-Marie Greeff-Villet, Communications Manager at the CoGH SPCA: “We all love gorgeous cats and dogs, but this competition is definitely not a beauty contest. The Mutt and Meow of the Year competition, apart from being a fundraiser for the CoGH SPCA, aims to remind us all of the undeniable bond that can form between animal and owner, and the joy that results from these sometimes life-changing relationships.”
So if you think that your dog is the best “best” friend a man can get or you are convinced that there is no cat more loveable than your furry feline, then log on to www.muttandmeow.co.za and share your story with world and the panel of judges, which includes famed SA comedian Marc Lottering, much loved radio and TV presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen, and international award-winning actress and presenter Natalie Becker.
By entering your pets into the competition, they not only stand the chance to walk away with the coveted title and fantastic prizes, but will also be raising funds for the hundreds of homeless, abandoned and injured dogs and cats, horses, cows, ducks, rabbits and wildlife that the CoGH SPCA rescues and cares for daily at their 141 year old facility in Grassy Park.
Prizes include up to six months worth of Royal Canin pet food, fabulous photo shoots for owners and pets by professional pet photographers Tamed and Framed, and many more surprises sponsored by Royal Canin, CiplaVet, Scratzme and FeelGood Health.
Last year Bear, a gorgeous caramel-coloured rescue dog, who has provincial colours in dog agility owned by Lee-Anne Curtis-Cox, received the most votes for his happy tale and walked away as Mutt of the Year 2012. Rabs, a striking white cat who brought immense comfort and joy in difficult times to her owners Carrie and Henry Rossouw, was named the first SPCA Royal Canin Meow of the Year. The winner of the Top Fundraiser’s category was four year old Yorkie-cross Luni, whose owner Susan van Niekerk raised R2000 for the CoGH SPCA by encouraging friends and family to vote for her pet in the form of donations.
In total R20 000 was raised for the CoGH SPCA in 2012, and the society hopes that this year’s competition will by far exceed this amount.
Lara Portlock, Royal Canin Business Unit Manager, Western Cape says, “Royal Canin, being a pet-first company, supports this valuable fundraising initiative. There is a desperate need to assist the charities that work tirelessly without government funding to rescue, care for and re-home unwanted and abused animals. Making a difference to the life of an animal is within the sphere of influence of each one of us as community members and we highly recommend that all animal lovers take part in this worthwhile competition to raise funds for a good cause”.
The four competition categories are Mutt of the Year and Meow of the Year, which is open to all cats and dogs and Mutt Top Fundraiser and Meow Top Fundraiser, which will be awarded to the dog and cat who through their votes received raise the most money for the CoGH SPCA.
A short list of finalists for the Mutt and Meow of the Year will be compiled according to public votes and thereafter the judging panel will choose the top three winners in each category.
To enter, upload a photograph of your mutt or meow and provide a short description as to why your pet deserves the prestigious title and how he/she has enriched your life. Complete your entry by making a small donation to the CoGH SPCA; either via EFT, credit card or direct deposit. Entries close at 16h00 on 1 July 2013. For more information and updates join the Cape of Good Hope SPCA Facebook (www.facebook.com/CapeofGoodHopeSPCA) or Twitter (@SPCAcape) pages.