First National Bank of Namibia (FNB) recently donated N. dollars 100 000 to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), which held its annual fundraiser ‘Animals by Night,’ a fun evening bringing together animal lovers, sponsors and brilliant Namibian artists in favor of the SPCA’s animals.
In a media statement issued on Tuesday, Revonia Kahivere, FirstRand Namibia’s CSI Manager, stated that the companionship of animals and the positive influence they have on people has become even more apparent since the outbreak of the pandemic, as COVID-19 enforced isolation and segregation from ‘normal’ life, as well as long stretches working from home when the pandemic, was at its peak.
‘We appreciate you from the bottom of our hearts and are confident that the cash will be utilised appropriately to care for our cherished companions,’ she said.
She stated that earlier this year, the loss of people’s everyday routines and the prospect of more serious casualties from COVID-19 put a serious emotional strain on the entire country.
‘It should come as no surprise, then, that pets can assist alleviate stress and anxiety, especially when you are in a difficult circumstance – since they provide non-judgmental emotional support,’ she said.
According to Hanna Rhodin, Director of the SPCA, Dixie’s Fund is exclusively dedicated to the ordinary and remarkable medical and veterinary treatments and interventions that the SPCA’s animals so sorely require.
‘In only the last year, the SPCA sterilised over 500 animals, provided over 2,200 immunizations, and carried out 110 additional treatments’ (including x-rays, pinning of broken legs, amputations, and dental work). The SPCA is grateful for FNB’s ongoing and significant contribution. With the help of FNB, the SPCA will be able to do more for the numerous animals who come through its doors and make a difference in their lives,’ she said.