PGP’s area manager for Stellenbosch, Louise Varga, says her team worked on the project for almost a full year, managing to raise R26 000 in cash as well as substantial supplies of building materials needed to construct the kennels.  “As well as individual donations from members of the public, we received significant help from several other local organisations who donated money, materials, signage and media space to assist the campaign,” she says.  “We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Rabitech Spearfishing store, Rhenish Girls’ High School, Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof, Cluver Markotter Attorneys, the Isa Carstens Academy, Nedbank Local Heroes, Eikestadnuus, GLC Development Group and Graffica Signage, as well as to our own staff and clients who donated time and money in support of this worthy cause.”

The AWSS has been in existence since 1956, and is the only organisation of its kind operating in the Stellenbosch municipal area.  It moved into its current premises in 1992, and these have been gradually expanded over the years to include more than 20 dog kennels and 24 cattery runs, plus enclosed paddocks where the dogs can be exercised on a daily basis.  As well as caring for strays and unwanted, neglected or abused animals, AWSS offers a veterinary service to the local disadvantaged communities, helping to vaccinate their pets against disease and care for their overall well-being.  AWSS is also a firm advocate for sterilisation, to prevent unwanted breeding of pets, and offers a pet adoption service run under strict guidelines, to ensure all animals go to good homes where they will be loved and well cared for.  The organisation is also actively involved in trying to stamp out animal cruelty, including neglect of pets as well as practices such as dog fighting.

PGP’s MD for the Boland and Overberg regions, Annien Borg, says the AWSS is heavily reliant on public funding, receiving only a small annual grant from the local municipality.  “It is a pleasure for PGP to be able to ease their financial burden somewhat, by constructing these quarantine kennels.  We are particularly pleased that the project has been completed just in time for the festive season, when so many animals are abandoned, lost and in need of shelter.”

PGP’s Joy of Giving campaign is an ongoing national project, which has already benefited over 8500 recipients countrywide.

For more information, contact PGP’s marketing co-ordinator for the Boland and Overberg, Gisela Buyskes, on 021 887 1017, 082 771 3157 or


Caption:  Celebrating the opening of the brand new quarantine kennels at the Animal Welfare Society Stellenbosch are (left to right):  Vanessa Johnson, Alisha Scott Leroux, Gisela Buyskes, Louise Varga and Elsje Uys of Pam Golding Properties, and Gerhard Conradie of GLC Group, a major donor to the project.  The kennels were built under the auspices of Pam Golding Properties’ Corporate Social Investment programme, “Joy of Giving”.

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