Athlone Park pupils donate to SPCA

2015-05-20 06:00
Toti SPCA PRO Michelle Hannan (middle, third left) with Athlone Park Primary pupils who donated food and goodies for the SPCA thrift shop. 

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Toti SPCA PRO Michelle Hannan (middle, third left) with Athlone Park Primary pupils who donated food and goodies for the SPCA thrift shop. Photo: supplied

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THE SPCA visited Athlone Park Primary­ recently, the aim of which was to thank the school for their donations and give pupils a new outlook on how to take proper care of their pets and keep them healthy.

SPCA PRO, Michelle Hannan spoke to the Grade 1 to Grade 3 pupils about the basic needs of their animals, including giving them fresh water, feeding­ them the correct food so they don’t get sick, the importance of exercise­ for them, to take them to a vet when they are ill and to provide a warm comfortable bed for them to sleep in.

The more love, care and respect you give your animals, the more you will receive love and respect from them said Hannan. Addressing the Grade 4 to Grade 7 children, Hannan said if they are really passionate about animals they should consider a career in animal care.

“Things like becoming an animal inspector with the SPCA, or studying to become a vet or a veterinary nurse are great careers.”

She taught pupils the importance of vaccinating their animal. “If your dog isn’t vaccinated against rabies and bites someone in the road the police can fine you R10 000 or send you to prison for up to five years,” Hannan­ explained.

She called on pupils to bath their dogs only with dog shampoo as other chemicals are harmful to them.

She thanked deputy principal Mr Voster and staff for inviting her to speak to the pupils. “I want to thank the pupils for the generous collection of food and goodies for the shop they collected. “They raised R1 980 for us, for which we are extremely grateful. Every bit helps. “Thank you to Mrs Govender who helped by getting items donated by pupils­ to raffle to raise funds for the SPCA,” Hannan said.

She said she hoped to see many pupils­ visiting them at the SPCA to see the animals that are up for adoption and to browse through their shop at 1 Nyati Road, Athlone Park. - Supplied

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