Coveted Mutt and Meow of the Year titles up for grabs

Coveted Mutt and Meow of the Year titles up for grabs

Good news for all doting pet owners – the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA and premium pet food manufacturer Royal Canin, are once again in search of the most inspiring pet and owner relationships in their second annual SPCA Royal Canin Mutt and Meow of the Year online competition, still running until July 11.

“We all love gorgeous cats and dogs, but this competition is definitely not a beauty contest,” says Lise-Marie Greeff-Villet, Communications Manager at the CoGH SPCA. “The Mutt and Meow of the Year competition, apart from being a fundraiser for the CoGH SPCA, aims to remind us all of the undeniable bond that can form between animal and owner, and the joy that results from these sometimes life-changing relationships.”
So if you think that your dog is the best “best” friend a man can get or you are convinced that there is no cat more loveable than your furry feline, then log on to and share your story with world and the panel of judges, which includes famed SA comedian Marc Lottering, radio and TV presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen, and actress and presenter Natalie Becker.

By entering your pets into the competition, they not only stand the chance to walk away with the coveted title and fantastic prizes, but will also be raising funds for the hundreds of homeless, abandoned and injured dogs and cats, horses, cows, ducks, rabbits and wildlife that the CoGH SPCA rescues and cares for daily at their 141 year old facility in Grassy Park.
Prizes include up to six months worth of Royal Canin pet food, fabulous photo shoots for owners and pets by professional pet photographers Tamed and Framed, and many more surprises sponsored by Royal Canin, CiplaVet, Scratzme and FeelGood Health.

Last year Bear, a gorgeous caramel-coloured rescue dog, who has provincial colours in dog agility owned by Lee-Anne Curtis-Cox, received the most votes for his happy tale and walked away as Mutt of the Year 2012. Rabs, a striking white cat who brought immense comfort and joy in difficult times to her owners Carrie and Henry Rossouw, was named the first SPCA Royal Canin Meow of the Year. The winner of the Top Fundraiser’s category was four year old Yorkie-cross Luni, whose owner Susan van Niekerk raised R2000 for the CoGH SPCA by encouraging friends and family to vote for her pet in the form of donations.

In total R20000 was raised for the CoGH SPCA in 2012, and the society hopes that this year’s competition will by far exceed this amount.
A short list of finalists for the Mutt and Meow of the Year will be compiled according to public votes and thereafter the judging panel will choose the top three winners in each category.

* To enter, visit, upload a photograph of your mutt or meow and provide a short description as to why your pet deserves the prestigious title and how he/she has enriched your life. Complete your entry by making a small donation to the CoGH SPCA; either via EFT, credit card or direct deposit.
Entries close at 4pm on July 1.