Media Release from Hill's (SPCA / Hill's Township Dog Show - 19 April 2009 )
More than 250 magnificent mutts are expected to enter annual SPCA / Hill's Township Dog Show in Mpophomeni Township (Howick, KZN) on Sunday 19 April. The organizers - uMngeni SPCA and Hill's Pet Nutrition - say that they believe the event makes a visible, positive impact on animal welfare in the host community.
Unlike traditional dog shows - where the entrants arrive preened and perfect - the contenders at the SPCA / Hill's Township Dog Show first attend a clinic for a thorough health check, are de-wormed, vaccinated against rabies and dipped. They are then given a new collar and lead before strutting into the show ring.
Judges will be looking for healthy, well-cared for dogs that have a visibly strong bond with the owner. Every entrant will receive Hill's pet food, a dog bowl, a warm winter blanket and a copy of Animal Talk magazine. The overall Best Dog in Show will win a cosy kennel and Hill's pet food will be awarded to winners in all classes. During the day there will be music, dog jumping and a dog training demonstration led by a group of development dog handlers from Bruntville, near Mooi River.
The uMngeni SPCA has been active in the various underprivileged areas around Howick for many years. This will be the sixth SPCA / Hill's Township Dog Show. The event changes location each year, and has been held in Mpophomeni, Lidgetton and Mafakathini.
"The community in Mpophomeni and surrounding areas is very excited to be hosting the 2009 SPCA / Hill's Township Dog Show once again. Since the show was first held here there has been a real improvement in pets' health, which will make it even harder for the judges to choose their winner," said Jabulani Mshengu, Field Officer for the uMngeni SPCA.
The Show's founder, Adrienne Olivier said "The show encourages owners to have a positive sense of pride in their animals. It also provides the SPCA with a great opportunity to give out pet care information, encourage sterilisation, and do basic veterinary care."
The SPCA / Hill's Township Dog Show starts with the clinic at 9h00. The entry fee of R5 covers the clinic, vaccination, lead, collar, dipping, Hill's dog food and bowl.
People who are interested in entering their dog can come along on the day or call Jabulani Mshengu at the uMngeni SPCA on 033 330 4557.