Emma,12, rallies support for SPCA

Emma Rasmussen at the Cape of Goodhope SPCA in Grassy Park with the items donated through her initiative.

A 12-year-old aspiring veterinarian rallied the support of family and friends to collect donations for the Cape of Goodhope SPCA during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Emma Rasmussen, with help from her mother, Carol Rasmussen, neighbours and a school friend’s parents collected items including dog beds, blankets, pillows, dog food and dog bowls as well as monetary donations, which they delivered to the Grassy Park-based non-profit on Saturday June 27.

Emma, from Newlands, says she was eager to help because people don’t have enough money to look after their pets and are giving them up. “Shelters don’t have enough blankets and food to care for the animals and they need donations,” she says.

Emma says that animals make her happy and she has two boxer dogs, Coco and Layla.

SPCA spokesperson, Belinda Abraham, says this crisis has brought out the best in people. “There are so many animals coming through to the shelter that need help and we are blown away by the generosity of the people,” she says.

“For a young girl like Emma to open up her heart to support the SPCA leaves us full of hope for the future.”

If anyone would like to support the SPCA, they can call 021 700 4140 or visit their website on https://capespca.co.za/

Ms Rasmussen says they will continue to support the SPCA and if anyone would like to support Emma with this appeal they can email Carolrasmussen1968@gmail.com