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Be inspired by people and the organisations which make a difference every day. This is where you’ll learn about the humble beginnings of rescue organisations that never gave up, and discover who needs your help and how you can enrich the life of a homeless animal.


 


Irwin Animal Rescue Centre in De Deur, south of Johannesburg, is home to over 60 dogs, most of which are over six years old. The majority have never had the luxury of a loving home and many grew up at the centre. ...read more
 

The horse’s leg was so badly broken that the leg was just hanging – and yet someone had sent him in to be auctioned off anyway. This was the sight that stopped me in my tracks eight years ago at an auction in De Deur. ...read more
 

Our Frosty Face Foster Program was conceived over a windy weekend in May 2016; why that is vivid in my memory is because Kara (CDR’s Chairperson) and I were supposed to be out riding pillion on our husbands’ bikes. The wind had everything akimbo that miserable weekend and the motorcycles didn’t stand a chance, so we ended up doing that rare “weekend away from everything” in a car. ...read more
 

#whereswillie is a fund-raising campaign for the African Tails project: Mending Mamre. The Willie in question is Willie Richards of single-trackTM, avid runner, advocate for healthy living and a man who lives by his motto: “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem”. ...read more
 

Are you doing something special for your 67 minutes on Mandela Day this year? If not, we at The Dogbox Project still have open kennels available at our Mandela Day event. Young and old are welcome, so bring the entire family. ...read more
 

Adorabull Terrier Rescue and Rehabilitation is a small, but powerful, rescue organisation, much like the lady who founded and heads it, Dania Skone. Dania is a qualified animal behaviourist and the unofficial “bull terrier whisperer”. She has changed the destiny of one of the most misunderstood breeds in our country forever. ...read more
 

Tekkie Tax is a national fundraising campaign founded in 2013 by Annelise de Jager. The idea is that welfares can do more fundraising as a group – as De Jager says: “Together we can achieve more than our individual efforts combined.” ...read more
 

Arguably one of the most dynamic shelter concepts in the world, WOOF Project kicked off in Sea Point at the beginning of March. A dog adoption initiative by Oscar’s Arc, the dogs come from Western Cape shelters and the collaborative project aims to inspire the public to adopt a dog – and to give one a lasting chance – through this multi-million Rand initiative. ...read more
 

Zuri Orphanage was established as a “side effect” of my work as a veterinarian in Tsumeb, in the far north of Namibia, where I live. Tsumeb is over 400km away from Namibia’s main town, Windhoek, and there are few resources for orphaned and injured wild animals. ...read more
 

Ban Animal Trading (BAT) is a registered non-profit company (NPC) and non-profit organisation (NPO) dedicated to confronting and eradicating animal exploitation and abuse in all industries benefiting from the misery and suffering of sentient creatures. BAT is an animal rights organisation that exists to end animal exploitation through facilitating positive and meaningful change. ...read more
 

Watershed Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Fund was started in 2009 by Stephne Jackson. Having worked with Stellenbosch Animal Welfare Society for over a decade, Stephne saw the need to start a fund to help South African animal welfare organisations with specific needs and projects, particularly sterilisation drives (a subject very close to her heart), emergency medical care, rescue centres in dire straits, and organising flights for animals adopted to different parts of the country. ...read more
 

Marizanne Ferreira, well-known in PE as an animal rescue worker, has long dreamt of providing a special dog run for the Animal Welfare Society Port Elizabeth (AWS). She envisaged huge runs for the homeless dogs at the shelter, particularly Pit Bulls, for which she has a very special place in her heart. These areas would allow shelter dogs to spend time out of their kennels, running ‘free’. ...read more
 

The Tom Ro Haven for Equines and Children is a registered non-profit organisation that rescues abused, neglected, and unwanted horses and then pairs them with children and people suffering from intellectual disabilities or mental illness from surrounding impoverished areas. These incredible animals and the trained staff at Tom Ro Haven work together to help people in need. ...read more
 

Amidst much excitement, the National Cat Action Taskforce – a feline welfare with a difference – was launched in Johannesburg in 2010. NCat is a little unusual. Rather than rescuing cats themselves, NCat helps existing cat-care organisations and individuals countrywide – from the biggest cities to the smallest towns – do more of what they are already doing. This is done by providing funding, distributed carefully and systematically, and by helping to provide access to important resources, such as information, veterinary services and cat traps. ...read more
 

Farm Sanctuary SA was officially opened on World Farm Animal Day, 2 October 2016. It is the only officially registered sanctuary on the African continent for rescued farm animals and aims to inform and inspire positive change in the way society views and treats farm animals. ...read more
 


Oudtshoorn is a small town in the Klein Karoo area of the Western Cape; resources are limited and poverty abounds. My life changed completely in January 2016 when I went to our local municipal pound to adopt a puppy... ...read more
 

Rita Brock, founder and head of Cat Assistance Team (C.A.T.) Garden Route, was once a prosperous pharmaceutical formulation manager who decided to pursue a more meaningful life. Terrified of witnessing suffering, Rita chose to volunteer as an admin worker at The Emma Animal Rescue Society (TEARS) in Kommetjie, Cape Town, back in 2000. It wasn’t long before she was sent to the cattery section to help out. ...read more
 

As a child, my parents always had Miniature Doberman Pinschers and they were my best friends! During every school holiday, I spent time at the pool reading with my dogs as company instead of spending time with my (human) friends at their homes. ...read more
 

In July 2016, three strong women with a passion for animal welfare and Pit Bull Terriers joined forces to create a dedicated Pit Bull welfare. Robyn Bronkhorst, Nadia Vandecasteele and I opened Pit Pals without even having one dog in our care. Within days, Pit Bulls came flooding in. ...read more
 

It all started with a pig… I have a small farm in Greyton where, in 2003, my friend Rohan and I started building straw bale houses and living off the grid. All around us in the neighbouring farmers’ fields were sheep and wheat. The sheep seemed to be getting a raw deal – summer lambs fried in the heat, short of water and shelter whilst winter lambs froze in sub-zero temperatures. We swooped up as many as we could, warmed them up, revived them and returned them to the farmers. ...read more
 

Hartbeespoort Animal Welfare Society’s humble beginnings were the initiative of Jenny Copley, who, together with Ann Gmur, set up a rudimentary shelter on her smallholding in Commando Nek, Hartbeespoort. Both avid animal lovers, they began taking care of abandoned, abused and stray animals in the Hartbeespoort area. ...read more
 

Thirty two years ago, a small group of people decided to address the plight of suffering animals surviving within riot-torn townships across the Cape. They had nothing at their disposal except a battered old van and a love of animals, but this passion and commitment developed into a regular welfare service within impoverished communities known as the Voluntary Animal Rescue Organisation. ...read more
 

Beautiful, furry… and almost invisible: feral cats. And they are everywhere. These small, secretive animals are in a grey are between wild and domestic animal. They behave like wild animals in that they avoid humans, hunt their own food, and are totally independent, but are a domesticated species (animals which have been bred and raised around humans for generations). ...read more
 

Before 2001 the over-population of malnourished, mange-ridden and neglected dogs within the underprivileged community of Kleinmond attracted the attention of 70-year-old Yvonne Pretorius. Yvonne started visiting these areas daily, advising dog owners on proper feeding and care for their animals, and on the benefits of having them sterilised. ...read more
 

It all began in 2008, when I went for a run in the sleepy holiday town of Elands Bay, which is 220km from Cape Town. I stumbled across the local township where some dogs looked rather worse for wear. After rushing home to demand of my husband that we do something, I started making calls. ...read more
 

The 9th Day Rescue, Rehabilitation & Rehoming Centre in Krugersdorp was founded by Charmaine Booysens in January 2015. It was a dream come true for her. Her big heart for the plight of animals has plagued her since a young age. ...read more
 

What started out in 2003 as helping abandoned, neglected, and abused animals by promoting sterilisations developed into a full scale operation sterilisation drives, feeding programmes, and a shelter: Wollies Animal Project / Wollies Diere Projek (WAP/WDP) – Wollies for short. ...read more
 

Emma Geary-Cooke had long dreamed of starting an organisation to alleviate the suffering of animals in Masiphumelele, a large informal settlement on Cape Town’s southern peninsula. Sadly, Emma was killed in a car accident two weeks before her dream was realised, depriving us of a loyal and dedicated friend who was passionate about animals. Devastated, but undaunted, two of her friends involved in animal welfare collaborated to make Emma’s dream come true ...read more
 

In October 2013, an amazing initiative to bring festive joy to shelter animals was born: Santa Cause for Paws. The start of something magical... Animal lover Mandy Schwark had come up with a concept of collecting gifts for shelter animals and, as it was something I’d discussed doing with friends, I was tagged on her page. I offered to help with a website… before you knew it, Mandy and I were fully involved in the cause and running the drive together ...read more
 

New Beginnings – A lifelong dream come true. New Beginnings was born out of someone taking a step of faith and deciding to follow her dreams. In 2012, animal lover Emain Fourie sold her business of eight years to pursue her lifelong dream. Emain had always had a passion for helping those in need and decided to let that passion blossom into something real. Her motto has always been that dreams were made to become a reality ...read more
 

Celebrating 20 years of serving Khayelitsha pets and their human companions. It all started with a community hero who wanted to help his neighbours’ pets. Mr Joe pushed a trolley and water bucket around the community, bathing and feeding pets. He soon attracted volunteers, one of whom was able to secure funding and became the full-time project manager. Over the years, Mdzananda grew from a single shipping container ...read more
 

It’s good to know that you can do good – and that it’s so easy You don’t need loads of money or time; there is so much you can do to help an animal welfare organisation tick off items on their wish list. No matter what it is, great or small, you can make a difference today. ...read more
 

Their patients include anything from the smallest sparrow to bats and owls, and even more unusual species like honey badgers and pangolins, and they receive calls from as far away as Ghana and Central African Republic for advice. Welcome to the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital, a special facility caring for small and medium wildlife, and working to treat, rehabilitate and release their patients back into the wild, where they belong. ...read more
 

Camdeboo Sterilisation Initiative was started in 2012 by a small group of animal lovers to try and reduce animal suffering, neglect and abuse through sterilisation of domestic pets in mainly impoverished areas in and around Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape. ...read more
 

Learn how to communicate with animals while helping Yorkie Rescue South Africa in their task to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome Yorkshire Terriers. ...read more
 

By supporting Dogtown SA, you’re also supporting many other animal welfare organisations. Through our unique, sponsored Click-to-Feed initiative, we are able to donate up to two tons of food to selected charities around the country every month. This falls under our division called Barking Mad, whose website serves as a platform to showcase pets in need of homes. ...read more
 

My name is Samantha Chatham, although most people simply know me as Sam. My day job is spent managing my own Tourism Marketing consultancy called Somewhere SOUTH – Hospitality Solutions, along with the help of my valued assistant, Luckmore Fadzi, who hails from Zimbabwe. ...read more
 

Benoni Animal Rescue Centre (BARC) believes that all animals have the right to life and, for the last three years, we have been striving to give every animal the chance at a good life. ...read more
 

An abandoned dog, collapsed in the dirt and having a seizure, was the catalyst for a concerned citizen to set something in motion that has led to scores of needy animals being helped. It was 2005 and there was no help for the animals of the impoverished township of Fisantekraal, just outside Durbanville, Western Cape. ...read more
 

The phone rings – the time is 5:35am. Nomsa’s guardian is panicking on the other side of the phone. “Help please, Nomsa has been poisoned.” Oscar stops what he’s doing and jumps into his bakkie. He knows that, when it comes to a poison, every second counts... ...read more
 

Border Collies are a popular breed in South Africa. People often get them because they’re attractive, intelligent (listed in the top five most intelligent dog breeds), and loyal. They’re often shown on TV doing tricks, herding sheep, and being very obedient, adding to people’s interest in the breed. ...read more
 

In the severely impoverished communities of Johannesburg South, one woman spends every spare moment striving to improve the well-being of the animals (and their people) living in these areas. Hellen White, of Hellen – Working in the Community, supports over 200 animals, assisting with top-up feeding, sterilisations, vaccinations and veterinary care ...read more
 

The Transkei Animal Welfare Initiative (TAWI) is a grassroots NPO providing basic companion animal health care services in 16 rural communities in the Eastern Cape’s former Transkei. TAWI is not a shelter and rarely rehomes animals. Instead, TAWI works in an outreach capacity, proactively improving the health and well-being of animals in remote rural communities where there are no veterinary services for 100s of kilometers. ...read more
 

Friends of Rescued Animals (FORA), located in Krugersdorp (Mogale City), Gauteng, is a pro-quality of life animal shelter following the ‘Three Rs’ principle: Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Rehome. FORA view themselves as ‘a stepping stone towards an animal’s next (hopefully forever) home and strive to give them the best quality life we can while in our care’. ...read more
 

Cluny Animal Trust, founded in 2011, is a Community Veterinary Welfare situated in the Eastern Free State. We chiefly provide a primary healthcare service to the impoverished communities of Fouriesburg, Clarens and Bethlehem. Our prime focus is on preventive treatments, including sterilisations, vaccinations and parasite control, but we also treat illnesses ...read more
 

African Tails, who work in and around the Township areas of Dunoon and Joe Slovo, as well as Brooklyn, where they are situated, are our focus organisation for this month's “You Can Help Us” article. Read their list, visit their website, and help African Tails to continue their incredible work ...read more