Over 2,000 dogs and more than 800 cats are brought annually to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Windhoek (‘SPCA’). Alarmingly, this number keeps increasing as more cases of illegal breeding, abuse, lost and donated cats and dogs are reported.
Sustained only by donations and grants, the SPCA is in dire need of any help, financially or by way of material donations. Oryx responded to this call of our neighbour, by hosting the Christmas and Winter Drive in Maerua Mall each year where shoppers are requested to donate blankets, dog food, toys and money to help keep the animals at the SPCA happy until they are adopted into a new and loving family. For three days, Oryx sponsored the exhibition space and provided advertisement on LED TVs throughout the mall. Oryx also donated a range of blankets, toys, food and dog jerseys to keep the worst chill at bay. An astounding N$15,000 as well as various merchandise items was donated.
With the animals present, excitement was abundant in the mall and revealed the positive transformation people could make in these animals’ lives by considering adoption. The project also
highlighted to shoppers what loyal and loving companions these animals could be to them and their families.