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The great spiritual leader and human rights activist Mahatma Gandhi once said that “the greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated”.
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Our fur-babies, Man’s best friend – whatever name you know them by, one thing is for certain, life just wouldn’t be the same without our four-legged companions. A wagging tail and a wet nose is an instant antidepressant.


But the plight that our animal friends suffer is a very real one, with scores of pets getting lost or being abandoned and ending up in animal shelters that are more often than not painfully short on resources.

The vast majority of these organisations operate on a non-profit basis and rely on donations from the public to make the time that the animals spend in their care as comfortable as possible, but even with the help of generous benefactors, things are often touch and go.

Our driver, Vusi, loading pallets onto his bakkie bound for the Randburg SPCA
Centurion Systems was able to help one local animal haven make things a bit easier for their fluffy wards by donating wooden pallets which are used to elevate the animals’ beds when it rains in order to keep them nice and dry.
According to CENTURION regional sales manager Rene Ogden, she first read about the plight of the animals cared for at the Randburg branch of the SPCA on the Randpark Ridge community Facebook page and, being a pet-owner herself, she knew she had to help.
“Now that the rainy season is officially here,” says Rene “it’s easy for the animals to get wet, which is not only unpleasant for them, it can also result in them getting sick. The SPCA uses the pallets to elevate the beds off the ground so that the animals remain dry”.


CENTURION regional sales manager, Rene Ogden

Rene went on to say that there is currently a need for so-called sandpit shells at the SPCA. These are used as makeshift swimming pools for the animals to help them cool off, especially in light of the heat wave currently sweeping the country.


To find out how you can help, visit SPCA Randburg’s website,, or their Facebook page,
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