Written by MPHEMVU SUCHE
LILONGWE--Do you want to give your family quality time this weekend? Do you like animals and wouldn't mind seeing them do some tricks?
Go spend some time at the annual dog show Saturday at Bishop Mackenzie International, Area 9 campus in Lilongwe.
The show, organized by Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (LSPCA), will see owners of the dogs winning various prizes for showcasing best canine mates' skills.
Unique categories to be competed are the crazy Owner/Dog Lookalike, Best Groomed, Cutest Dog, Obedience, Happiest Dog, Fancy Dress, and Jumping Competition, among others.
"Bring your dog and join us for a fun-filled family day. Lots of prizes to be won," says LSPCA.
Other interesting activities include a raffle draw, face painting, bouncing castle for children and crazy adults, delicious foods, and a cash bar, fit for entire family outing.
"Please note that entries for Dog Show are preferable in advance to guarantee a place. Limited entry on the day," warns LSPCA's Isabelle, adding that there will be a football tournament which also demands advance registration.
LSPCA was originally conceived by individuals concerned about the state of animal welfare in the country and in 2008, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security gave its full support towards this animal welfare charity initiative. With also support from RSPCA International, the Trust was registered and inaugurated in 2010, becoming the first of its kind in Malawi.
As such, LSPCA strives to address the illegal selling of kittens and puppies by the road sides, animal abuse, neglect, the rising feral populations and sheer ignorance of the populace about animal welfare.
"We have devised several ways to address these issues," says LSPCA.
In Malawi, vendors are spotted selling young pets mostly to motorists, and often kept in putrid situations and unhealthy conditions.
LSPCA take advantage of this annual event to publicize its objectives and activities and stand on certain public policies.
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