Girl asks for dog food donations rather than Christmas gifts

Reabetswe Mmekwa with SPCA management and the dog food donations.

A girl from Soshanguve asked for dog food instead of Christmas presents, so she could donate it to the SPCA.

“I really love animals so I thought I would suggest people get me dog food instead of presents,” said 11-year-old Reabetswe Mmekwa.

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Mmekwa said she was assisted by parents and young girls from a modelling agency.

“I couldn’t wait for the festive season to be over and for the SPCA to reopen,” she said.

Mmekwa surprised SPCA management on Monday when she arrived at the offices with the donation accompanied by her father, George Senosha.

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Senosha said Mmekwa had her own dog when she was seven and she cried for weeks after it died after apparently being poisoned.

Tshwane SPCA Christina Masemola said: “We really want to thank her for the food.”

“We are humbled that there are people like her out there who not only love animals, but also think of them.”

Masemola said the SPCA’s doors were always open to anyone who wanted to donate food parcels.

“Over the past few months there has been an influx of animals handed over to the SPCA by their owners due to relocation or the high cost of living.”

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“Some dogs fled their homes during the festive season when people set off fireworks.”

Masemola said there were also dogs at the SPCA that had been abandoned or rescued from cruel owners.

She said the SPCA relied on donations to support the dogs.

“We thank the public for their continued support,” she said.

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