Dog owner takes lead in charity walk

2016-06-15 06:00
Traci Vink with her three dogs at a Paws for a Cause walk. Photo: SUPPLIED

Traci Vink with her three dogs at a Paws for a Cause walk. Photo: SUPPLIED

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A LOCAL “Paws for a Cause” charity walk has helped raise much needed funds for animal shelters in and around Nelson Mandela Bay.

Paws for a Cause in Port Elizabeth was founded by Traci Vink when she noticed the constant need for food and donations for animal societies in the Eastern Cape.

Her charity walks take place every three months and all proceeds go to various animal shelters in the Bay.

“We average about 50 people and about 120 odd dogs. These walks are for the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL), East Cape Horse Care Unit, Port Elizabeth Animal Rescue and Motherwell Pet Movement. These charities are close to my heart,” Vink said.

“At my Paws for a Cause walks we have catering, super lucky draws, a professional photographer and ablutions. The venues are not in public places, so folks can enjoy the walk and dogs can have fun without the public in the way.”

Vink added that her next Paws for a Cause walk is in aid of the Port Elizabeth Animal Rescue in August at Fairview Racecourse. The last charity walk for the year is in November and all proceeds will go to the Motherwell Pet Movement.

“Rescue Dogs Rule are my monthly small walks and there are about 15 people and about 30 dogs. There is no entry fee like my Paws for a Cause walks but I ask for donations of items animal shelters are in need of. I have had three of these walks so far.”

Linda-Louise Swain of the AACL said, “It is always so gratifying when someone approaches you and says they will do a fund-raiser for the AACL.

“Traci held the first of the Paws for a Cause walks for 2016 in February. The Animal Anti-Cruelty League was the grateful recipient of 367.5kg of animal food, as well as donations for seven sterilisations performed at a mini-spayathon.

“The Animal Anti-Cruelty League would like to thank her and all those who participated for making a difference to those who cannot speak for themselves,” Swain said.

For donations or more information about the charity walks, contact Traci Vink on 083 538 3028 or visit her Paws for a Cause Facebook Page.

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