‘Pit Passion with Fashion’

Highlights from the successful ‘Pit Passion with Fashion’ animal fundraiser.

Fashionistas, socialites and the general public were in attendance at Animal RAID’s first-ever ‘Pit Passion with Fashion’ animal fundraiser which took place at the Musgrave Methodist Church Hall, over the weekend.

Featuring pit bulls and other canine power breeds, the ‘Survivor’ themed fashion show was the first of several fundraising events organised for the purchase of the NPO’s planned pro-life animal sanctuary to be based in Waterfall.

Securing this property will allow Animal RAID to rescue helpless victims from illegal dog fighting rings and remove powerless animals from abusive conditions, and provide them with life-long sanctuary. As it stands, all pit bulls rescued from dog fighting syndicates are put down after the conclusion of the trial. Pawfect Nation, which Animal RAID falls under, also plans to build an onsite veterinary hospital for these rescued animals.

“The overall projected cost is R2m for the purchase of the property and construction of the hospital,” explained Jessica Singh, founder of the non-profit animal rights organisation, Pawfect Nation, and creator of the NPO’s direct-action unit, Animal RAID (Rescue, Action, Investigation Division).

“The identified plot is an equestrian property, which already has some of the necessary structures and facilities built. It will be transformed into an idyllic home-like sanctuary for the rescued victims of dog fighting, abused street animals and unseen animal victims from rural areas. We’re hoping to raise enough funds through public events like this, as well as through crowdfunding to secure this property,” she said.

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“The purpose of this fundraising event was to make the public aware of how much abuse and cruelty is inflicted on pit bulls because of negative misconceptions about the breed,” Singh added.

By featuring socialised pit bulls as well as other power breeds in the fashion show, the public got the chance to see these animals in a different light. Accompanying the canines on the catwalk were the contestants from M-Net’s past production, Survivor SA, as well as Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters and professional models.

The fundraiser was also the perfect platform to welcome the officers of Marshall Security, who have committed to offering their services as a reaction unit to Animal RAID. Managing director, Tyron Powell, and his team of officers were officially introduced to the public at this event.


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