Your dog may not sit, stay or roll-over on command, but he or she will definitely want to go walkies at this year’s Pick n Pay SPCA Wiggle Waggle Walkathon that takes place on Sunday December 2 at 9am at the Cape Academy of Maths, Science and Technology, Firgrove Way, Tokai.
Now in its 18th year, the hugely popular 4.5km charity dog walk attracts thousands of walkers and their dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds, who’ll put their best foot and paw forward in support of the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA. Last year, 1746 dogs and 2530 walkers took to the streets, and even more people and their dogs are expected to take part this year.
“The event is much loved by so many people who travel from all over Cape Town to be part of this walk and it’s simply amazing to see so many dogs and their owners walking together through the beautiful suburb of Tokai”, says SPCA event organiser Juan August.
Thanks to the support of new event sponsor Pick n Pay, all funds raised from entries will go directly to helping the SPCA prevent animal cruelty during the upcoming festive season.
“We’re proud to be associated with the Wiggle Waggle Walkathon and to support the CoGH SPCA and their vital life-saving work in the name of animal welfare”, said Bronwen Rohland Marketing Director Pick n Pay.
Due to the popularity of the event, a discounted entry fee of R35 per person and R25 per dog will this year for the first time be offered to entrants who enter before November 30. Entries on the day of the event will open at 7am at a cost of R40 per person and R30 per dog. Children in prams participate at no cost.
All participants must register to take part. Enter online at www.spca-ct.co.za via email firstname.lastname@example.org or per fax to 0866 7433 56. Entry forms will also be available at selected Pick n Pay stores in the greater Cape Town Metropole, local veterinarians, from the SPCA in Grassy Park and SPCA Vet Shop in Plumstead.
Plenty of water points for dogs and their owners will be conveniently located along the route. Marshalls and traffic officials will ensure the safety of the walkers and medical and veterinary crews will be provided by the CoGH SPCA to ensure everyone crosses the finish line in good shape.
Before and after the event there will be a wide variety of food and beverages available and lots of entertainment to keep the whole family enthralled.
Puppies younger than four months are not permitted to take part and owners of short-nose breeds (i.e. bulldogs and pugs) and those with older dogs with joint problems, are also cautioned to consult their veterinarian before committing to take part in the walk.
* For more information on the route, venue and registration details, visit www.spca-ct.co.za or call the CoGH SPCA on 021 700 4141/80.