Dogs left to right: Mayo (still with us), Archie, Coco, Zara (all adopted)
People - Val Kriel, Breagh Stirling, Flynne Stirling, Olivia Stirling
Written by Olivia Stirling
Professional photography by Jacqui L. Photography
The story of giving hope
Our journey in animal rescue began eight years ago when we adopted our first ever rescue dog, Kia, a Bull Terrier-mix from Kitty and Puppy Haven in Midrand. A couple of years later, we adopted two little Dachshunds.
With all the joy these precious babies gave us, we felt the need to give back. And, so, we started fostering dogs in need. Fostering one dog turned into fostering two or three at a time. Soon, our own brood grew to the stage where we had to move onto a plot.
Moving on up
When we moved to the south of Johannesburg we discovered that the need locally was great, so we began taking in dogs and rehoming and funding them out of our own pockets.
Our neighbours began complaining about the noise of our numerous dogs and we decided that it was time to take things to the next level. We found our current premises in Kliprivier, Johannesburg South, and the shelter has grown from around 15 dogs when we moved to around 40-50 at any given time.
We believe that every little soul deserves a bit of hope.
A New Hope Dog Rescue is a pro-life shelter and a fully registered not-for-profit company based in Kliprivier in Johannesburg South. Our aim is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome any dogs in need, of any breed. (We do have a special place in our hearts for “little long dogs” and therefore take in quite a few Dachshunds.)
We aim to ensure the health, well-being and happiness of every dog that comes into our care. The enclosures are a safe and comfortable place for dogs to stay until they can find forever homes.
We provide the necessary veterinary and rehabilitative care, and rehome responsibly to homes where we’ve done research and home checks to ensure the perfect fit for both the adoptive families and the dogs. Our kennel manager is a veterinary nurse and dog behaviourist who is able to provide much-needed rehabilitation to the worst cases that come through our door.
Rescue, as with anything in life, is a learning process. We learn every single day and as we learn, we grow – each dog teaches us something new. For example, we have recently started using the most wonderful foster homes as we found that not all dogs thrive in a busy and loud shelter environment. We are incredibly grateful to the wonderful people who foster for us.
We’ve recently started a very small outreach programme, which is still very much in its infancy, but we’re hoping it will grow – we’re identifying families in need in our area and assisting with sterilisation, vaccination and health care for their dogs. Sterilisation is our main focus.
You can help
Our supporters are the heart of our organisation and we couldn’t continue without them. With them we can continue to offer HOPE to the special souls that come into our care.
Running the organisation has high costs, especially being a new and largely unfunded shelter, and we are always in need of assistance with dog food, vet costs, infrastructure development and other daily expenses. Our staff complement is very small and we all work hard to keep everyone happy and healthy, in addition to me holding a full-time job.
No donation is too small.
Banking details: Account name: A New Hope – Bank: Capitec – Savings account – Account number: 1370562908 – Branch 470010