Boot sale helps raise money to help stray cats

Samantha Corbett, Robert Shongwe, Ntombi Zungu and Lizane Corbett.

MALALANE – Passers-by could not resist rummaging through vehicle boots filled with interesting “treasures” during Saturday’s boot sale at the Inkwazi Shopping Centre.

A section of the parking lot, next to TOPS @ SPAR, was cordoned off for the event, which aimed to raise funds for local rescue organisation Love4Claws.

Stall holders’ vehicles were parked in a section of the Inkwazi Centre parking lot.

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Boots and tables were filled with board games, books, antiques, pillows, perfume and cosmetics. There were also mouth-watering hot dogs, rusks and cupcakes on sale.

Crowds gathered around the items on display from early in the morning and stallholders were pleased with the support from the community.

Love4Claws would like to thank Malelane SUPERSPAR for all its help, support and the provision of security, as well as the team from Dandelion Prayers for Damian, which donated 10 per cent of its total sales.

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Patricia van der Westhuizen, of Love4Claws, said they managed to raise much-needed funds for feral-cat sterilisations.

The organisation plans to host another boot sale at the Inkwazi Centre on June 2. Van der Westhuizen requested community members donate any sellable items they no longer want. These will be sold at the next market to raise funds.

She urged community members to stop dumping kittens and instead get their cats sterilised.

Two kittens, that were possibly dumped, were found at Malelane SUPERSPAR yesterday. The friendly and lovable felines are around three months old and volunteers think there may be more to be found hanging around the shopping centre.

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The Love4Claws’ volunteers are focusing their time and funds on feral-cat sterilisations, but need the public’s help to catch these frightened and often disregarded animals. As all the volunteers have full-time jobs, they cannot go out, set one of their two cat traps and then collect the feline to take to the vet for sterilisation.

Love4Claws aims to curb the feral-cat population and so do not remove cats, but trap, neuter and then release them.

The organisation does help to rehome and save kittens and works with Pro-Life Pet Rescue in Mbombela and is aided by the Malelane Animal Clinic with regard to sterilsations.

Community members can help Love4Claws by dropping off donations of cat food at Malelane Vetshop, Malelane Animal Clinic or giving a monetary donation. For more information, contact Love4Claws on 073-098-1245 or [email protected].

Retha Nel

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