Collecting for Akira Animal Sanctuary
Specsavers Ópticas in Calpe have announced that over the Christmas period, they will be collecting food, blankets and toys for the dogs at Akira Animal Sanctuary in Benissa. The store will also become a drop-off point for anyone wanting to donate items for the sanctuary’s charity shop or market stalls.
The shelter cares for up to 50 dogs at a time, which have usually been found wandering the streets, or if owners are not able to take care of them. This shelter depends on donations, sponsorship and fundraising to cover the costs of looking after and finding homes for the dogs that are in their care.
The team at Specsavers Ópticas in Calpe are all animal lovers and have chosen Akira Animal Sanctuary to support as their Christmas Charity for 2022. They are asking customers and local residents to pop into the store during opening hours with donations between the 21st of November and the 7th of January.
Store Director Chantelle Hayward explains, “Akira Animal Sanctuary does such a great job looking after stray and unloved dogs and finding them a forever home. With up to 50 dogs to take care of at any one time, costs for food, medicines and veterinary care can be very high. So, we want to help them this year by inviting people to drop off dog food, blankets, toys, leads, collars and treats.
Optical Assistant Ilona Quadflieg adds, “We will also be fundraising and welcoming donations of 1€ for an eye test, as they are currently fundraising not only to keep the shelter running but also to build a new large exercise area to give the dogs more space to play while they are waiting to be adopted.”
Specsavers Ópticas Calpe is located in Avenida Ejércitos Españoles No. 6, Edificio Apolo VII, Local 22 (opposite Repsol). Comprehensive eye tests are free, but a donation to Akira Animal Sanctuary for the test would be gratefully received.
Opening hours are 09.30-19.00 Monday to Thursday, 09.30-17.30 Friday and 09.30-13.30 Saturday, and you are welcome to drop off any items for the dogs during open hours.
Billie-Jo Johnson-Roberts from Akira comments, “We want to say a big thank you to Specsavers Ópticas in Calpe for choosing to support us over the festive period. We are a non-profit association relying heavily on donations and fundraising to keep the shelter running and ensure the dogs are well cared for. Please do pop into Specsavers in Calpe with any donations for our dogs or charity shop.
We are also looking for volunteer dog walkers at any time between 09.30 and 16.00 to enjoy a stroll with a dog or two, and of course, please contact us if you could give one of our dogs a forever home.”