Dogtown South Africa triumphed on the global stage, winning a prestigious award!
Johannesburg, South Africa (27 November 2023) – Dogtown South Africa was awarded the prestigious International Training Programme Award at the International Companion Animal Welfare Conference (ICAWC) 2023 in Nicosia, Cyprus – a massive win for the local animal welfare organisation and all of South Africa!
Nestled amidst the scenic Hennops mountains, Dogtown South Africa is an exceptional sanctuary for dogs who have lost their families or have been rescued from dire situations. The dedicated team at Dogtown South Africa provides individualised care to each canine resident in a serene setting while they await their forever homes.
Tracy McQuarrie, the visionary founder of Dogtown South Africa, represented the nation with the utmost pride at the conference. Not only did she win the award, but the passionate animal lover presented a talk titled ‘From Stress to Success: Transforming Shelter Dogs Through Behavior Rehabilitation and Enrichment’.
ICAWC, a premier global conference, convenes experts from around the world to discuss companion animal welfare, fostering a platform for knowledge exchange and inspiration among hundreds of delegates.
Tracy’s dynamic talk addressed the crucial need for affordable and practical enrichment techniques in resource-limited environments, highlighting Dogtown South Africa’s innovative approach tailored to South Africa’s unique challenges. Her message clearly highlighted the pivotal role of crafting personalised enrichment plans catering to each shelter dog’s distinctive background and challenges. Tracy brought her presentation to life with heartwarming success stories from Dogtown South Africa, vividly demonstrating the profound transformations achievable through dedication and ingenuity despite budget constraints.
Reflecting on her experience, Tracy says, “It was an honour to present the work Dogtown South Africa does on a global stage. Networking with leaders in Animal Welfare from across the globe was an incredible experience”.
The award is vital for Dogtown South Africa as it puts them on the global map but it is also a reminder that organisations like this do not work alone, and it takes a “village” to support them.
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