The support of the animal-loving community raised much-needed funds at the Snake City fundraiser held to benefit SerendiPitty Rescue, a KwaZulu-Natal-based organisation which saves abused, abandoned and homeless Pit bull-type dogs.

Michaela Nesom (Westville) and Siouxsie Gillett (Umdloti).

Simon Keys and Siouxsie Gillett, recognisable for the snake-rescuing roles on Nat Geo Wild’s Snake City, are avid supporters of SerendiPitty. In an effort to raise much-needed funds for the organisation, the two hosted a fun meet-and-greet session at the Amanzimtoti Sports’ Centre at Hutchison Park on Sunday, 3 February.

Visitors got the chance to meet the animal-loving pair on the day for a chat, autograph and photo opportunity while also checking out their variety of interesting snake species. The beloved rescued Pit bull, Oliver, was a popular attraction, welcoming his many admirers to his kissing photobooth for a smooch with the pooch.

Commenting on the success, Siouxsie said: “Simon and I were overwhelmed by the huge turnout to the meet-and-greet event. It was such a huge success and Oliver was a real superstar ambassador for Pit bulls. The most important thing is that a lot of money was raised for this worthwhile charity and will be put to really good use. Thanks to everyone who made this event happen and to all those who supported!”

Established by David Hardwick, Nicole Jack and Candice Webber in 2018, SerendiPitty Rescue saves and protects abandoned Pit Bull-type dogs, providing full medical care, including sterilisation, before the animals are re-homed. The organisation relies solely on public donations.

For more information, email or visit SerendiPitty Rescue and Snake City Fans on Facebook.