Not even a South African Weather Service alert forecasting adverse weather around the Western Cape coastline with stormy conditions kept avid supporters of Boston Terrier Rescue South Africa home on Sunday 29 September.
Braving the storm, the registered non-profit company (NPO) went ahead with its Cape Town Boston Meet held at the Green Point Cricket Club from 11:00 to 15:00.
Fiona Strydom of the NPO said there were concerns surrounding attendance, but, seeing that everything had already been arranged, there was no going back.
“We weren’t going to disappoint our Bostie fans by cancelling the event. The Boston community, which feels like one big family, is one of a kind (online and in-person).”
Strydom says even though they knew Bostie fans would come out to support them, they were still overwhelmed by their attendance and big hearts. Besides southern suburb residents, people came from as far afield as Strand, Paarl, Langebaan and Stellenbosch to show their support. About 157 humans and an estimated 50 Boston Terriers attended the event.
“It is difficult to count when you have a bunch of Bostons bouncing around everywhere,” says Strydom. “There is something about Bosties that make humans go the extra mile for them. This again proved Bostie owners’ commitment and care.”
The raffle prizes up for grabs might have had something to do with it as well. Artist Ilse Du Plooy’s painting called Boston Mafia and products donated by Italian Deli Online, Poppy Devine sleepwear, Jordan Wine Estate wine, Radisson Red Hotel, The Zone Fitness Centre and private donations were combined to make up different raffles. A range of donated doggy biscuits, from Dingo Pet Treats, Boston Style Bakery & Chill’O Jam biscuits (all the way from Polokwane), were added to the raffles.
Except for the Bostie dash, which had to be cancelled due to intermittent rain, activities went ahead as planned. Doggy biscuits, stickers, tote bags, notebooks, mugs and fridge magnet note pads, all with a Boston logo, were on sale. A pet photographer, Angie Fullard, also took photos of Bosties with their owners at the meet.
According to Strydom, at least R11 000 was raised at the event which will go towards vet bills and other expenses.
“It was a fundraising event, but we also wanted to create awareness about our rescue organisation and give Boston Terrier owners the opportunity to socialise with other Bostie lovers,” said Strydom.
Greenpoint Cricket Club sponsored the venue. Strydom says they plan to make this an annual event. “We will also try to have one or two smaller social events during the year.”
The NPO is made up of a small group of dedicated volunteers from around the country. Together they rescue, rehabilitate and rehome abandoned, unwanted, neglected and surrendered dogs of any age. “We network extensively and spread the word about Bostons that are in shelters, take fosters into our own homes and conduct extensive home checks to ensure that when we rehome a dog it is for life.”
Strydom says they understand that people’s circumstances can change. “We are always happy to assist with surrendered dogs or finding the best possible forever home. If needed, flights can be arranged free of charge and we will assist with transport and relocating where charge.”