Drive 2018

And so the Winter Blanket Drive has come to a close for 2018. We did the calculations and we are over the moon to announce that we have smashed our goal for this year! Thanks to our amazing supporters, we raised a whopping R131 000. We are in disbelieve at the amazing support over the past two weeks. So many individuals, schools and companies have shown their support and put their trust in us to help animals in need, and that is what we will do. We are thankful for all donations from R50 to R10 000. Every cent has helped us to reach our goal. We will now order blankets and food and start distributing it in the next 2 weeks. Please follow us on Facebook ( Pictures will follow as we hand out donations in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, KZN and PE. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! If you would still like to make a donation, you are more than welcome to. Please contact us on

The Winter Blanket Drive is an initiative that was launched 15 years ago to provide support to the Animal Shelters who are working at grass roots to alleviate the pain and suffering of abandoned and neglected animals. Over the years we have extended our reach country wide to over 50 shelters and organisations.

The Drive has only one focus and that is the animals. Whether it be by way of providing blankets, food, medical care, sterilization campaigns or a few toys to brighten some sad eyes. Animal abuse and neglect is rife and working in the field are many committed individuals and organisations trying to make a difference. However funds are hard to come by and this restricts the good that they can do.

Our involvement is one of support and to get what is needed to where it is needed.

We also believe that sterilization campaigns are now more important than ever. STOP uncontrolled breeding and we lessen the battle that we have to fight.

Please note: As of March 2018, the Winter Blanket Drive is a division of The Dogbox Project, which is a Non-Profit (NPC 2018/093590/08). We are currently in the process to register the NPC as an Article 18 company. Once that is complete, we will be able to issue a tax certificate.


The Winter Blanket Drive has been a passion of ours for over a decade. It all started very small but as our involvement and the needs of the many Shelters grew, so the Drive had to grow. The Drive annually supported Shelters across the country with much needed food, blankets and financial support. A great deal of work was involved each year to run the collection and the distribution processes, however the gratification we felt knowing we were making a difference drove us on each year. To call us animal lovers would be a bit of an understatement and we strove to find similar minded people to support us in this cause.

Adele Lombaard has been a great supporter of ours and has run the Drive down in Cape Town for several years now. She most definitely would also fit into the ‘uber’ animal lover category.

Melissa and I have decided to allow Adele take the lead on running the Blanket Drive going forward. We believe that she will be able to invigorate the Drive to higher levels by bringing in new ideas and new ways of doing things. The Drive is part of both Melissa and I, our children grew up being part of this process, helping where they could. Our furkids posed for many a picture alongside the collections, so it goes without saying that we will always be involved albeit now to a lesser extent.

We wish Adele every success and have no doubt that the Winter Blanket Drive will flourish under her caring guidance.

To those who have supported us year after year, a great big THANK YOU and we hope you continue to lend your support as there are just so many needy animals out there.

Alan and Melissa Riback
Founders of the Winter Blanket Drive

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains un-awakened” – Anatole France

“Only if we understand.. can we care. Only if we care … will we help. Only if we help … shall they be saved” – Jane Goodall


The Winter Blanket Drive is involved with various organisations all of whom endorse our commitment to them. EVERY cent raised is used to help the animals, and all running costs are funded out of our own pockets. Please see the Endorsements page for more info.

We challenge companies and schools to participate in the Blanket Drive!

The Blanket Drive is a wonderful way for companies and schools to get involved and give back to those who desperately need it. In the past we have had companies rallying around this Drive with internal competitions. We have had schools running drives and creating awareness in the children of compassion towards animals.

If you raise a large enough collection we will arrange to bring a representative from a shelter to you for a formal handover. This is an excellent opportunity for media exposure as well as to learn more about what goes on in the animal rescue world. You can also sponsor bales of blankets and your company or school can take it through to the shelter.