Hundreds of residents of Pretoria flocked together this weekend to support the Wollies Animal Shelter at their fifth annual sleepathon challenge on 7 September.
“It was a huge huge success,” said Cilla Trexler, founder of Wollies.
Trexler said this year’s sleepathon challenge was by far the biggest thus far with more than 400 people participating.
“The dogs really enjoyed the sleepover and there was not space for a mouse in the cat kennels,” Trexler said.
Out of the 173 kennels, only five were without a cuddle buddy.
Five families were then asked to split up to accommodate the left-over kennels.
5am in the cattery – all the Sleepathoners are still sleeping while the cats are waking up 😻
Posted by Wollies Sleepathon Challenge 2019 on Sunday, 8 September 2019
Residents arrived from 9 am on Saturday and booked into the shelter until 2pm in the afternoon.
“The slightly colder weather did not put the residents off and we lit up bomas to accommodate the cold.”
During the day the residents played with the animals while they enjoyed live entertainment and shopped at the various stalls while others brought their own food and had a braai.
“Some people enjoyed the sleepover so much they only left the following day around lunch-time.”
The aim of the sleepathon was to raise funds for the shelter.
“We have received so-so-so much dog and cat food”.
The funds raised were still being counted.
“I always say I wish there was a book with the perfect ‘Thank You’ messages – because honestly, I can’t write it. Thank you so much for a great and successful Sleepathon. Everyone always asks, ‘How do you manage?’ I don’t know either, but I have a great team that gets it done. Thank you team.
“To everyone who attended, thank you. Without your selfless love for animals, it wouldn’t have been possible to spoil every animal. Thank you to a great team who organised and everyone who contributed to the big success,” Trexler concluded.
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