‘World Woof Tour’ promotes dog adoption

2010-10-18 00:00

AN alarming 75% of the world’s dogs are homeless and current statistics show that each South African would need to own 15 dogs in order to give a home to all the strays on our streets, according to the Kloof & Highway SPCA website.

This is the backdrop to a countrywide tour aiming to promote the cause of dog adoption, by Joanne Lefson and Oscar of The World Woof Tour.

The Pedigree Ahound South Africa Tour started yesterday and, and Lefson and Oscar will visit 31 SPCAs and animal societies during a three-month journey around the country.

Said Tebogo Motsepe, brand manager for the dog food manufacturer,“For every dog adopted through a participating SPCA or animal society during the month of their visit, the new owner will receive a complimentary month’s supply of Pedigree.”

Lefson adopted Oscar, a mix of Alsatian, Corgie and Cocker Spaniel, from an SPCA six years ago. Oscar would have been put down if a new home was not found, so Lefson decided to turn him into an ambassador for shelter dogs all over the world to show that wonderful dogs are awaiting a second chance.

Oscar’s International World Woof Tour began in May 2009 and his quest saw him travel 70 000 km across five continents and 30 countries in 222 days in order to visit 66 dog adoption societies.

He hand-glided over Rio de Janeiro, swam in the Trevi Fountain, got married in Vegas and climbed Machu Picchu in Peru, all in an effort to raise awareness and draw positive attention to the need for dog adoption.

Locals can show their support and meet Oscar on the following dates: November 2 at the Kok­stad SPCA, November 3 at the Durban SPCA and November 5 at uMngeni SPCA.

Follow Oscar’s journey on the Pedigree South Africa Facebook page and at www.worldwooftour.com.

You can also read about Oscar’s amazing World Woof Tour in Lefson’s new book Ahound the World: My Travels with Oscar.

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