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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The Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL™) has been protecting and caring for animals since 1956. It’s South Africa’s second largest independent animal welfare organisation and exists to prevent and eliminate cruelty to all animals. In February 2016, this phenomenal organisation proudly celebrated its 60th anniversary. 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. 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. more

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


13th Jul, 2017
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. 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. 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. 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. more

Animal Allies

23rd Mar, 2017
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... 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. more

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