Running for the love of animals



A love for animals has seen a Patumahoe resident run 21kms to raise funds for the SPCA.
Peta Berry saw the opportunity to not only take part in a campaign for herself, but create an initiative that would benefit others, by recently participating in the Auckland Marathon.
Peta and 23 other runners have raised over $34,000 in total for Auckland SPCA, with Peta contributing just over $1,200 herself.
“I have supported the SPCA for many years through anonymous donations and have extensively campaigned against battery chicken farming, so thought that it would be great to take part in a fundraiser that was not only different, but that I could physically complete as well.”
Peta, who enjoys running, spent several weeks training and campaigning, with the hard work paying off as she participated in the half marathon event, which took place on Sunday, November 1.
“While I aimed high for participation side, I was particularly low in the performance area,” she laughs. “But I thoroughly enjoyed taking part.” Peta owns a farm in Patumahoe and has rescued several animals over the past couple of years.
“We have a couple of cats, including one that we have had since it was a three week old kitten, who is now 14 years. We also have our 12 hens that former commercial layers and they are loving life.”
Peta says that she hopes to raise awareness about the treatment of not just cats and dogs, but all animals as a whole.
“Every single animal is an intelligent being, including chickens, and we need to accept that we can’t continue on with the way they are being treated. Education is the key and by supporting the SPCA and sharing the message, I hope to try and make a difference.”
Peta is just slightly short of her $1,500 goal, and with her fundraising campaign still open for the next couple of weeks, encourages anyone who would like to help or know more about the SPCA, can visit her page

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