27 August 2013

Kennel Building Day around the corner

The 4th annual Spring Fun Kennel Building Day is around the corner. Animal lovers from across Cape Town will come together to build 200 kennels.

The 4th annual Spring Fun Kennel Building Day presented by SA.MAST and Builders Warehouse is around the corner. Animal lovers from across Cape Town will come together on Saturday 31 August to build 200 kennels, which is double the amount set as last year’s target.

The South African Mass Animal Sterilisation Trust (SA.MAST) focuses on radically reducing the number of unwanted puppies and kittens through a consistent mass animal sterilisation and primary treatment programme in communities that normally cannot afford this sort of care. Says Tamsin Nel, director and founder of SA.MAST: “The Kennel Building Day forms an integral part of our fundraising and awareness programme for the year. Our goal for 2013 is to sterilise 2 000 animals and medical assistance, and clinic costs are enormously high. In July our veterinary fees alone were R97 776.”

The fun filled day will start at 10am in the indoor section of the Academy of Maths and Science in Constantia.  Kennel builders will receive an instruction leaflet, a station number and pre-prepared and cut-to-size kennel wood. Delicious food and beverages will be on sale and 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded to the best-built and most beautifully painted kennels. Prisoners from Pollsmoor Prison have been preparing 800 second hand wood pallets in their workshop for the big day.

“The Kennel Day participants take such pride in the building and decoration of the kennels, but this is almost secondary to the emotions felt by animal guardians and their communities when they receive one. The difference that these kennels make to both the animals and the people around that animal, justifies the effort put into this initiative,” says Nel.

People attending can expect a feel good, fun-filled day while being creative for a really good cause. “The amount of energy and goodwill at these events feels electric. It is thrilling to experience and something one will treasure forever,” adds Nel.  The day ends with a sea of colourful, beautifully decorated kennels – a sight to behold.

Community upliftment project

Builders Warehouse has come on board as main sponsor for this year’s event.  Says Builders Warehouse Branch Manager, Faeem Hamid: “We are supporting SA.MAST in every way we can, and this includes donating the nails, paint, brushes and crowbars needed for the project. The kennels are donated to animal guardians in the Khayelitsha area who have had their dogs sterilised at SA.MAST’s clinic and who need assistance in providing appropriate shelter for their pets. Builders Warehouse is very proud to be involved in this initiative, as it’s rarely a case of deliberate neglect, and the pet guardian’s gratitude for the assistance is immeasurable.”

Says Michael Vale, Marketing Manager of Independent Newspapers Cape Town, whose team were involved in the breaking down of pallets on Nelson Mandela Day: “We regularly assist SA.MAST with advertising in our publications, but this year we wanted to make a physical contribution to the cause as well.”

Power tools were sponsored by Bosch to speed up the production process and aid in the meeting of the increased target of 200 kennels. Says Bosch: “This is a great initiative and an important community upliftment project. We are thrilled to be involved this year.”

MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet has contributed funds to SA.MAST since 2009. Helene Brand, Marketing Manager believes that, “It makes a big difference to be able to contribute to an initiative that gives back to a community in such a tangible way and it makes such a difference to the welfare and environment of vulnerable domestic animals.”

Tickets for the Kennel Building Day are R40 per person and R20 for Children, and are available at the entrance. This is also a fun team building opportunity for corporate and small businesses. Corporates can pre-book staff teams on our website. Each kennel costs R100 to make.

To donate towards these costs or for more information on SA.MAST and the SA.MAST Spring Fun Kennel Building Day, visit:, find us on Facebook: South African Mass Animal Sterilisation Trust or follow us on Twitter: Twitter: @sa mast.



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