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Yor-K9 Bark in the Park raises funds for Sabie MAST

A fundraiser in aid of the Sabie Mass Animal Sterilisation Trust held recently saw Lowvelders enjoying a day with their families and furry friends in Engelhard Park.

On May 1, several families enjoyed Workers’ Day with their furry companions at the Yor-K9 Bark in the Park and trial run in Engelhard Park in Sabie.

This was a fundraiser in aid of the Sabie Mass Animal Sterilisation Trust (MAST). The Sabie MAST tackles the growing animal population by focusing on sterilisations in underprivileged areas, preventing unwanted litters and promoting responsible pet ownership. Its motto, ‘go big or go home’, perfectly captures their ambition for fundraising, said Debbie Möller, the founder of MAST.

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Jess Broderick and her dog, Tuli, won the best-dressed competition. > Photo: Supplied/Debbie Möller

The event started with 109 enthusiastic participants competing in the 22km, 10km, 5km or 2.1km trial run. Throughout the day, numerous activities were held for the furry friends and their owners to keep them entertained, one of which was the Kruger K9 Anti-poaching Unit who showcased their dogs’ searching skills, leaving the audience impressed by these remarkable animals. Lowveld Canine Coaching from Mbombela provided valuable training on handling animals safely and building trust. The audience was captivated by veterinarian Dr Jacqui Hooten’s informative workshop on pets’ first aid and CPR. She also provided free pet check-ups, including ear and teeth checks, as well as nail clipping.

Several pets showcased their agility skills during a obstacle course. The crowd was entertained by the hammer the nail competition. The attendees were further entertained by the Gym Reveal and the Smooch a Pooch stall. It was a fantastic event that successfully raised funds for the Sabie MAST and brought the community together for a fun-filled day, said Möller.

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