Animal Welfare Organisations

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.


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A luxurious fluffy coat, flattened face, round eyes and short legs combine in a dog breed that’s been winning hearts for over 2000 years. The Pekingese (Peke) or Lion Dog has been favoured by ancient Chinese royalty and is a popular companion pet around the world. more


5th Nov, 2018
Nestled on a smallholding in Greenbushes, Port Elizabeth, is a caring pro-life shelter of over 200 dogs and cats. Welcome to Save-a-Pet, where animals ranging from just a few weeks of age to over a decade live while awaiting loving homes. Most were saved from neglect, abuse and abandonment. more

The Animal Welfare Society Stellenbosch was founded in 1956 with the donation of a van and the support of the Stellenbosch Animal Hospital. Today, AWSS provides help for an area of over 900 square kilometres, 365 days a year. more

Boston Terriers, with their quirky, comical faces, distinctive “tuxedo” markings and compact size, have soared in popularity as a must-have pet. Unfortunately, this has also led to a steep increase in irresponsible breeding, thoughtless buying, and vast numbers of these cheerful little dogs being mistreated and abandoned. more

The carting industry as we know it today has a proud heritage rooted in District Six, where horses and carts were used to “smous” (hawk) fish, fruit, vegetables, bottles and bones. Horses were kept in community stables, travelled short distances with light loads, and business was lucrative for the cart horse owner. more

The Harrismith Animal Shelter was founded in September 2014 to provide a safe, well-run shelter space for animals in need in and around Harrismith, Free State. more

The Dachshund Haven

20th Aug, 2018
The Dachshund Haven is not a shelter. But it is an organisation where every decision made has a Dachshund at its heart. more

Bulldogs George and Lola started it all; when Bulldog-lovers Jolanda Voster, Chantel van der Merwe and Lenell Hattingh worked together in May 2015 to rescue these two, they had a feeling that as time went by more and more Bulldogs would need new homes. Just over a year later, Bulldog Rescue Angels was founded. more

Fallen Angels Pet Rescue, Melkbos, Western Cape, focuses on the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of animals. It is these animals that Ian Martincich hoped to help when, in 2018, he decided to tackle the gruelling 90km Comrades Marathon – not once but twice within 24 hours. more

Chihuahuas are famous for their small size, big personalities, and adorable features. Unfortunately, their popularity is also their downfall. In 2016 it became apparent that many unwanted Chihuahuas were ending up in kennels and shelters. more

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