En­ter your pets and help other an­i­mals

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPOSTER - JBJ RE­PORTER

TREY Met­calf, 13, loves his cat Jin­gles. She came into the boy’s life when he was go­ing through a rough patch, and now Trey wants to en­ter her into a pet com­pe­ti­tion be­cause he thinks she is the “cat’s meow”.

The search is on for this year’s most- loved cat and dog in the SPCA Royal Canin Mutt and Meow of the Year on­line com­pe­ti­tion. They have al­ready re­ceived more than 130 en­tries.

Young pet own­ers, who be­lieve they have the coolest and most loving re­la­tion­ships with their pets can en­ter at www.mut­tand­meow.co.za and share their sto­ries and the rea­son why they think their pet should win.

Trey says: “Jin­gles deserves to be the Meow of the Year be­cause she helped me get through a tough time. At the same time that my par­ents got di­vorced, my pet cat Raybans got a brain tu­mour and was put to sleep. I thought things would never get bet­ter.”

But af­ter a while, he got an­other furry friend. “My mom adopted one from a shel­ter. When I got home from my dad, all I heard was the sound of bells, and that’s when I met a pretty cat called Jin­gles.

“She is the most amaz­ing cat who is just so lovable with the soft­est hair, which calms me. She makes me feel bet­ter and knows when I am down. I love her more than any­thing.”

This is Trey’s en­try and the com­pe­ti­tion’s panel of judges, which in­cludes lo­cal co­me­dian Marc Lot­ter­ing, ra­dio and TV pre­sen­ter Liezel van der Westhuizen, and ac­tress and pre­sen­ter Natalie Becker, will choose the best story.

Lot­ter­ing adores his dog, Tina, so he knows what to look out for.

“Tina is the only ‘woman’ who con­trols ev­ery sec­ond of my life,” says the co­me­dian.

The spokes­woman for the Cape of Goodhope SPCA, Lise-Marie Gre­eff-Vil­let, says ev­ery­one loves gor­geous cats and dogs, but this com­pe­ti­tion is not a beauty con­test; the Mutt and Meow of the Year com­pe­ti­tion raises money for the SPCA.

“It also aims to re­mind us all of the bond that can form be­tween an­i­mal and owner, and the joy that re­sults from th­ese some­times life-chang­ing re­la­tion­ships.”

So, if you think your dog is the best “best” friend a man can have or that there is no cat more lovable than your furry fe­line, then see www.mut­tand­meow.co.za and share your story.

By en­ter­ing your pets into the com­pe­ti­tion, not only do they stand the chance to walk away with this awe­some ti­tle and fan­tas­tic prizes, you will also help to raise money for the hun­dreds of home­less, aban­doned and in­jured dogs and cats, horses, cows, ducks, rab­bits and wildlife that the SPCA res­cues and cares for at their 141year-old cen­tre in Grassy Park.

Prizes in­clude up to six months’ worth of Royal Canin pet food, photo shoots for own­ers and pets by pro­fes­sional pet pho­tog­ra­phers Tamed and Framed, and many more sur­prises.

Last year, Bear, a gor­geous caramel- coloured res­cue dog re­ceived the most votes for his owner’s happy tale and walked away as Mutt of the Year 2012. Bear has provin­cial colours in dog agility and be­longs to LeeAnne Cur­tis-Cox. Rabs, a strik­ing white cat who brought great 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 cat­e­gory was fouryear-old Yorkie-cross Luni, whose owner, Su­san van Niek­erk, raised R2 000 for the so­ci­ety by en­cour­ag­ing friends and fam­ily to vote for her pet in the form of do­na­tions.

Last year, R20 000 was raised for the so­ci­ety, and the SPCA hopes that this year’s com­pe­ti­tion will raise much more.

Lara Port­lock, of pet food com­pany Royal Canin, says they are proud to sup­port this valu­able fund-rais­ing ini­tia­tive. “There is a des­per­ate need to as­sist the char­i­ties that work tire­lessly to res­cue, care for and re-home un­wanted and abused an­i­mals,” she says.

She be­lieves that ev­ery­one can make a dif­fer­ence to the life of an an­i­mal. “All an­i­mal lovers should take part in this worth­while com­pe­ti­tion to raise funds for a good cause.”

The four com­pe­ti­tion cate- gories are Mutt of the Year and Meow of the Year, which are open to all cats and dogs, and Mutt Top Fundraiser and Meow Top Fundraiser, which will be awarded to the dog and cat who through the votes they re­ceive, raise the most money.

A short­list of fi­nal­ists for the Mutt and Meow of the Year will be put to­gether and the judg­ing panel will choose the top three win­ners in each cat­e­gory.

To en­ter, see www.mut­tand­meow.co.za, 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 or she has made your life. Com­plete your en­try by mak­ing a small do­na­tion to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. The dead­line for en­tries is 4pm on Mon­day. Vot­ing closes on Thurs­day at 4pm and the win­ners will be an­nounced by Fri­day, July 19.

BEST FRIENDS: Trey Met­calf, 13, with Jin­gles, who helped him through a dif­fi­cult patch.

LAST YEAR’S CHAMPS: Rabs, a strik­ing white cat, and Bear, a res­cue dog, were last year’s Meow and Mutt win­ners.

Marc Lot­ter­ing and dog Tina. PIC­TURE: FAIR­LADY MAG­A­ZINE

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