Birthday boy’s record food donation to Animal Welfare Society

Through Venice Valentin 39 m ago

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A Mitchells Plain boy’s birthday wish came true on Friday when he donated a bakkie load of dog food to the Animal Welfare Society (AWS) in Philippi.

Riley Valentine, who is 10 now, traded a birthday party to kick off her Cause for Paws dog food drive project three weeks ago.

Riley volunteers with AWS on Saturdays where he plays with the dogs and walks them one by one.

The aspiring vet says he saw the need for dog food while working at the center.

CARING: Volunteer Riley Valentine

“Every week some dogs are still there or new ones have joined, he says.

“There are always dogs because they are abandoned or rescued.

“They all need to be fed and because Animal Welfare does a lot for dogs, I wanted to help them and lighten their load by collecting food.”

Riley thanked all donors for their generous contributions.

“I was so upset to see the amount of food and other dog items donated, so glad I made the choice to take this ride, it’s the best birthday present ever Says the 4th grade student at Seaview Elementary School.

Riley managed to collect over 30 bags of food ranging from 5kg to 10kg, as well as 30 large boxes of dog food, dog leashes, toys, blankets, dog bed, carry bags for puppies and other smaller accessories.

Since the start of 2020, AWS has welcomed 2,024 hospitalized patients.

AWS spokesperson Allan Perrins praised Riley for his selfless act and said it was the largest donation ever received from an individual.

“Riley made everyone smile. This was the most generous donation received from an individual, usually companies make such large donations.

“It’s even more special because he’s the youngest donor and also the youngest volunteer of AWS SA in Philippi, it’s really heartwarming coming from someone his age,” Perrins said.

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