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4 Paws and a Tale Rescue, Kwa Zulu Natal

| February 28, 2015
South African Pet Services 4 paws and a tail rescue KZN 5
We are a registered NPO (121-404) and we rescue and re home abandoned, abused and neglected animals in the Scottburgh and surrounding areas.
We also feed, provide medical care and shelter for the strays and animals in the local townships and underprivileged areas.
Phone: 0846265508
Cell phone: 0846265508

4Paws – Johannesburg, Gauteng

| October 30, 2010

4paws - To improve the quality of life of underprivileged animals. In our urban surroundings, the main categories are: squatter camp animals and feral cats.

To improve the quality of life of underprivileged animals.

Physical Address:
Plot 127
R511 William Nichol

Telephone: +27 011 464 2853
Facsimile (Fax2Mail): 0866696264
Cell Phone: +27 083 377 3219

email: Merinda –

Website URL:


To improve the quality of life of underprivileged animals.  In our urban surroundings, the main categories are: squatter camp animals and feral cats.


To have a better educated society and better living standards for our underprivileged pets.

Founder’s Note

“We have improved the lives of many animals since we started in July 2006 but there are so many more animals in need. We are only able to do what our finances allow us to do.”
Merinda Brits

Statements from some of our members

“There is an urgent need for society to completely understand what impact our living standards have on our pets and what we should do to ensure that they are happy as well.”
Marius van der Walt


We are currently only relying on private donations, but we are also hoping to gain the support of the public sector. Should you wish to make any donations, we would be eternally grateful. Our banking details are as follows:

Banking Account for donations:

Four Paws
Nedbank, Fourways
Branch code: 168405
Acc Nr: 1684110750

African Tails, Western Cape

| February 28, 2015
African Tails Rescue Centre Cape Town Milnerton 3
We rescue, rehabilitate, rehome and focus on mass sterilisation of street/township animals.The Tale of African Tails…

Once upon a time in December 2006, an organisation called African Tails was born. Its is set on the dusty streets of Du Noon and Joe Slovo townships in Cape Town, where African Tails strives to curb the over-population and suffering of abused and neglected township dogs.

Everyone at African Tails is bound by their love for the uniquely African dog, known as Canis Africanis, frequently found in rural areas and on the streets of South Africa’s informal settlements.


To give every abused and neglected street dog the happy ending they deserve. Sure, the township isn’t the ideal setting for a fairytale-style happy ending. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.Whether it’s finding a puppy a loving new home, feeding a starving stray, curbing the cycle of over-population through regular sterilisation campaigns or simply euthanasing a suffering animal, African Tails is doing its best to write new stories of hope and triumph in the places that truly need them most.

Our wishlist might change from time to time, but we are in need of the following:

Puppy and kitten food
Dog and cat food
Donations can be made directly to Royal Canin to pay for food
Donations can be made directly to African Tails account at VET-CLIN Tableview for sterilisations and vetcare
Donations can be made directly to African Tails account at VETPOINT in Sea Point for sterilisations and vetcare
56 Koeberg Road Brooklyn 7405
Phone: 021 510 7360
Cell phone: 083 642 2805

Animal Lovers Project Swing (ALPS) – Benoni, Gauteng

| February 11, 2012
Animal Lovers Project Swing -ALPS

To improve the life of animals in disadvantaged and impoverished communities by providing the community with practical education on animal welfare and programmatically sterilizing animals while administering basic veterinary treatment and care.

About us
We reach out to animals in under-privileged areas primarily in Benoni.

Our Mission
To improve the life of animals in disadvantaged and impoverished communities by providing the community with practical education on animal welfare and programmatically sterilizing animals while administering basic veterinary treatment and care.

Our Objective
This project is focused on the animals in Etwatwa on the East Rand specifically those in the area where our teenage ambassador, Aleck Khathwayo and his family live. Aleck wants to make a difference in the life of animals in his community and after he identified the first needy case in Jan 2012 – an unwanted dog called Swing – the ALPS dream was put to work. Swing whose initial plight drives our mission, has since her rescue been re-homed and ALPS is proud to have her as our mascot.


Aleck and Swing

Aleck and Swing


Who is ALPS?

Cassandra Barbosa and Aleck Khathwayo, two individuals who want to make a difference to the lives of animals in Etwatwa.


To those who don’t know me, I’m Cassandra Barbosa and I’ve lived in Benoni most of my life and yes I love my animals! I have a full-time job and a wonderful family who supports me in everything I do for animals, and while I’ve been active with various animal welfare organizations in the past, I decided to go it alone for a change.

I started the ALPS initiative in January 2012, with Aleck Khathwayo, a 16 year old youngster who lives in Etwatwa township (outside Benoni). I’ve known Aleck since he was 8 and have been very involved in his and his family’s life since then. Aleck and his family have always loved animals and have grown up being exposed to my menagerie at home – they babysit all my fur babies when I’m away. So when Aleck expressed an interest in helping the animals in his immediate community and educating the community in the basics of animal welfare and care, the ALPS seed was sown. Leveraging Aleck’s interest and combining my passion to make a difference to these animals, we decided to collaborate in reaching out to the animals in Etwatwa, and we dream of being successful in educating the community in animal welfare, elevating them and enabling them to impact positively on the lives of their animals.

Aleck and I started by creating a Facebook group called Animal Lovers. Six days into the new year we made our first rescue, an unwanted xGSD female whose owners asked us to “take her away” as they no longer wanted her because she was old. Her name is Swing – in 9 days, with the amazing help of our animal network, we managed to bring Swing out of Etwatwa, have her treated and re-homed to an awesome home in Midrand. All thanks to the support of many amazing people in the animal network and our God sent Vets at Bromhof Veterinary Clinic in Randburg. Swing was resilient and her will to live shone through her eyes – I recognize that look, it’s all too common in these cases. She’s an oldish doggy and had a massive mammary tumor, which needed to be removed, at the same time she was sterilized, vaccinated and dewormed. However, the sad news is that Swing has cancer which is spreading, and we were faced with a difficult decision – but we decided that Swing had suffered enough and that she needed to know love even if only for a short time. She has since blossomed in her new home, and even runs and jumps, her owner has a pet grooming business, so Swing always looks beautiful, a far cry from her existence at the beginning of 2012. We felt that Swing epitomized the need for outreach work in Etwatwa and so we renamed ourselves from Animal Lovers to ALPS (Animal Lovers Project Swing). Just like Swing, there are many “unwanted” animals, for all sorts of interrelated reasons – and fundamentally education is key!

ALPS is not yet a registered NPO, but I’ll be applying for a number soon. For now it’s just two individuals trying to make a difference, albeit slow due to our limited resources, but we believe every single dog we manage to help is a dog’s life to which we’ve made a difference.

Bromhof Veterinary Clinic in Randburg have committed to supporting ALPS going forward, and our vets, Dr Le-ann Prinsloo and Dr Rob Campbell have been extraordinary to our cause. It’s a far drive for our Etwatwa animals to make the trip to Randburg, but the care there is phenomenal and we are working with two like- minded vets who have their hearts in the right place.

How can you help?

As with most welfare work, funding is our primary challenge and again due to an amazing network and pledges that were honoured we’ve managed to cover most of our costs in January.

We brought in our second case in January, some of you may have seen the news on our Facebook page – his name is Danger, also a xGSD approx. 1 year old. Aleck called me in a panic on the evening of 16th January, fearing that Danger had been hit by a car and had a broken leg. After many calls and acrobatics we managed to get Danger out of Etwatwa and to our vet in Randburg. There he has undergone extensive surgery and we managed to save his leg! Danger will need to stay with us for at least another 4 weeks until his wounds have healed, stitches are out and he’s strong enough to go back home to his owner, who loves him and wants him back. So far Danger’s costs of R4,000.00 have also been covered by donations – but his treatment is not yet complete and he still needs to be sterilized before returning home.

So while Swing and Danger kept us busy, we also dewormed, vaccinated and Frontlined 2 more dogs, 1 cat, 4 kittens, and re-homed 3 of the kittens. The dogs and cat were also sterilized. Again these costs have also been covered by donations.

All this in January alone! February has already presented a new case, an unwanted mommy doggy and her 4 puppies, which will be removed from Etwatwa, vet treated and will need to be re-homed.

SO as the year unfolds ahead of us, we foresee it to be a busy one AND the plea goes out to you, to please support ALPS in our mission – remember we are Working on a Dream.

We are in desperate need of monthly contributions, so that we can plan monthly sterilizations, our vets are able to do 6 sterilizations a month and that will make a huge difference to the community as puppies are unwanted and usually cruelly disposed of. R400 a dog, will ensure sterilization, vaccinations, deworming and Frontlining. I collect and return the animals to Etwatwa (in my spare time!). If you’re an animal lover, please consider contributing to the ALPS cause in whatever way you can. Donations of food, bowls, blankets, material to make running leads, Frontline, money to cover vet costs, etc.

Please feel free to call or email me should you have any questions, ideas, contributions etc.

Aleck and I thank you for taking the time to read this lengthy overview, but I feel it was important to position ALPS and what we stand for before asking you to donate!!!

Donations can be made directly into the Vet account. Please copy me on EFT’s so I can keep track of the account.

Bromhof Veterinary Clinic
Standard Bank, Northgate
Branch Code : 001106
Acc No. : 402494377
Reference : Welfare Cases

Yours in Etwatwa animal welfare

Cassandra Barbosa
ALPS – Working on a Dream
082 771 0511

Please visit and Like us on Facebook! AnimalLovers.GP

Aniwell, Western Cape

| February 28, 2015

Aniwell welfare and rescue south africa

ANIWELL is a registered NPO (082-561) and PBO (930 041 789) that started its work in Goliath Estate, an informal settlement, in May 2009. Since then ANIWELL has helped well over a thousand animals (and animal owners) in Grabouw, Eerste Rivier, Goliath Estate, Scottsville, Klapmuts and Bloekombos through education, sterilisation, rescue, feeding, assistance with veterinary care, rehoming, behavioural advice and, sadly at times, euthanasia. Our primary focus is sterilisation. We dont have a physical shelter, as we are a group of dedicated volunteers helping animals from disadvantaged areas when and where we can. Every cent raised goes to the animals that we serve.

We are currently focusing our weekly efforts and onsite spay days in the informal settlements of Bloekombos, Goliath Estate and Klapmuts. It costs us on average R250 to sterilise a township animal.

All funds can be donated into our account using Steriwell as reference. Please send proof of payment to manager at A photo of the sterilised animal you sponsored will be posted on our Facebook page (and kept in the Steriwell album for future reference). All owners are also asked to contribute when they can.

Bank Details: ANIWELL SA,
Standard Bank Cape Gate,
Code: 023910,
Account No: 310595320,

For overseas payments please use the SWIFT code:SBZAZAJJ,

We have a very good success rate in terms of convincing owners to sterilise their animals. WHEN we do rescue puppies and kittens it’s great but our focus is equally on the mother (unless orphaned) and getting her sterilised as soon she is physically able to be done. Her health and future is EQUALLY as important as that of her babies.

We consider ourselves a ~pro-quality-of-life~ welfare organisation.

We work closely with other new and established welfare organisations with the same policies.

ANIWELL has strict policies and procedures in place especially with regards to the re-homing of our rescued babies.

Cell phone: 0822940890

Cat Assistance Team – Kommetjie, Western Cape

| October 26, 2010

The team consists of 3 volunteers

To provide basic animal welfare support to the cats on Pollsmoor Correctional Services Premises and support inmates to be able to care for their cats. Ensure effective cat population control by a continued trap-neuter-release program.


  • 10 Cat traps
  • Working under the umbrella of TEARS and private veterinarians for sterilisations and veterinary treatments
  • Funding is generated through selling of bric-a-brac and donations by individuals


Approval to start the project was obtained from the authorities in June 2005
Trapping sessions and interactions with wardens and inmates commenced June 2005
8 feeding stations are being maintained providing nourishment for approximately 50 cats 4 times a week


  • Identify feral, stray and inmate owned cats at Pollsmoor Correctional Facility
  • Sterilise, deworm and ear tip cats
  • Provide early sterilisation services
  • Educate staff and inmates about the basic needs and welfare of cats and provide a support structure to benefit inmates and cats
  • Provide food and water to cats where necessary
  • Monitor and attend to the health and well being of the cats
  • Assist in homing of cats where necessary


  • Provide shelter and feeding/ watering stations for the cats
  • Provide deworming, vaccinations and flea control to inmate cats and suitable colony cats
  • Offer veterinary assistance to inmate cats where necessary
  • Organise and facilitate educational drives relating to animals in general and cats specifically. Investigate the use of Sangomas to address the cultural issues relating to cats
  • Utilise the project to raise public awareness about the positive effects of the relationship between animals and humans


  • Wendy houses to keep trapped and sterilised cats for overnight prior to surgery and for post surgery recovery. As well as all for all supplies and traps etc. The minimum size needed is 3mx6m
  • Suitable transportation or vehicle
  • Financial support to cover veterinary costs and supplies such as dewormers, flea control and other.


  • Create public awareness about the humane trap-neuter-release concept for feral cats in Cape Town
  • Raise public awareness about the need for sterilisation of companion animals
  • Raise public awareness about the Humane Animal Interaction link and its positive physical, emotional and mental effects
  • Utilize the presence of cats as a positive tool in offender reintegration

PO Box 48157

Country: South Africa

Contact Persons:

Denise – Office: 021 783 3900
Rita – Cell: 082 806 3144
Mandy – Cell: 082 723 1406



  • TEARS – The Emma Animal Rescue Society
  • Steenberg Veterinary Clinic
  • Kommetjie Veterinary Clinic
  • Hills Pet Food

Cat Care – East London, Eastern Cape

| October 29, 2010

Contact Person: Merlene Todkill

Tel: 0727149507
Fax: 043-7212663
Feral Cat Organisation Fund Raising No:
071 – 835 East London
Address/ Area:
East London


Our function at Cat Care is to capture feral (wild domestic) cats in harmless specialized traps. We then have them sterilized and returned to the localities from whence they came, thus stabilizing the population. If at all possible we do our best to relocate cats and kittens into caring homes. We also have feeding programs around East London for colonies that are starving.

Unfortunately on occasion some of the trapped animals are too ill or old and need to be euthenased. Not an easy decision but being the only humane way to end the suffering.

Due to the economic situation we are now also inundated with dumped cats and kittens, where people cannot afford to keep them. We are also assisting more and more impoverished people with sterilizing, feeding and general care of their animals.

A single female can produce approximately twenty-four kittens per year. If half of these kittens are female, they and their descendants can number a staggering FOUR THOUSAND stray animals within a period of only four years.


Cat Care East London wish list:

  • Cash donations
  • Materials to help maintain our traps eg: wood and galvanized wire mesh
  • Cat & kitten food
  • Cat toys

Our Banking details for payment are:
NEDBANK: Vincent Park: ChequeA/c No 1210415100 Branch Code: 121021
Proof of donation to be faxed to: Melanie or Lynda: 043 721 2663.

Cat Care – Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

| October 29, 2010

Cat Care - Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Neuter and spay feral cats. Feed feral cats. Monitor and rehabilitate feral cats whenever possible

Cat Care - Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Neuter and spay feral cats. Feed feral cats. Monitor and rehabilitate feral cats whenever possible

Contact Person: Merlene Todkill

PO Box 5600,
Port Elizabeth

Tel: 041 373 1629

Description of Organization:
Neuter and spay feral cats. Feed feral cats. Monitor and rehabilitate feral cats whenever possible.
The needs of a non-profit organisation are endless. Some of them include:

  • sponsorship or donations of nutritious cat food or sufficient funds to purchase
    this food every 6 weeks, along with potential storage facilities eg wendy house
    or other, for this food due to lack of premises;
  • sponsorship for the three to four tea rooms per annum, to reduce costs;
  • sponsorship or assistance with printing of newsletters possibly through
    advertisements within the newsletter;
  • sponsorship or assistance with printing of Christmas cards;
  • new traps and maintenance of existing traps;
  • new and interesting raffle prize sponsorships to encourage ticket sales eg
    magazine subsciptions, day outings, cat toys etc.;
  • supply of cat accessories and items to improve sales and fundraising;
  • good foster homes for kittens;
  • volunteers for administrative positions within the organisation;
  • more fieldworkers and volunteers to achieve our objectives;
  • improvement of public awareness;
  • monetary support for all of the above activities.

Cat Village – Gauteng

| October 29, 2010

Cat Village

Once deserted, neglected or lost, a thousand happy cats have found heaven on earth

The “lucky ones”, is how one can refer to the cat family in Cat Village – a natural garden in the East Rand that has been converted into a safe haven for a 1 000 happy cats.

Come to think of it, “heaven” is probably a better description for this unique sanctuary in Benoni, Johannesburg. Here you will find no cages with cats awaiting their fate. It is a happy place for animals that could so easily have been put down or neglected until they died.

All the cats arrive here because they were lost, had to fend for themselves or because they were the result of unwanted litters. Many arrive in a malnourished and traumatized condition.
All of them are cared for with passion and love.

Contact Person: Heather Seagers

Address: Gauteng

Fax:011 425-4167

Cell: 083 6688595 

NPO 033-895-NPO

Website URL:


  • They have a human to clean, sweep and tidy their houses.

  • They live in a natural garden fenced at the perimeters of a 5-acre property.

  • They sleep in dry, warm wooden huts which are scattered throughout the property.

  • They receive medical care when needed and food and clean water is available 24 hours a day in the form of scrumptious, soft food or dry pellets.

There is no limit as to how long the cats are kept and therefore they consider the shelter as their forever home. A special treat is when visitors arrive to brush and love them.

 The “angel” that made all of this possible, is Irma Teller, a lady entirely devoted to the rescue of abused, abandoned or homeless cats. For many years, Irma and her husband, Herbert, had a desire to create a cat sanctuary where they could care and look after unwanted and neglected cats. In 2004, they decided to put their dream into action and started looking for a property.

Their wish must have been written in the stars, because a friend approached them and offered their property on the East Rand.

Initially, the property consisted of 2 ½ acres but it has since been expanded to 5 acres. It was an overwhelming task to convert the empty tract of land into a secure haven for cats. The property first had to be walled and made cat-proofed. Herbert with his skills, precision and perfection, built and modified the Wendy houses which provide shelter for the cats. Thereafter, six carefully planned and fully equipped quarantine enclosures were built to accommodate new arrivals.

Each of the huts was also equipped with verandas from where the cats can observe daily activities, as well as inside shelves onto which carton boxes are placed with warm blankets. The cats can sort out their own bed mates and stay in a hut of their own choice.

Sadly, Herbert passed away some time ago and Irma was left with the daunting task of continuing the work with the help of one or two workers and a few volunteers. She rises long before dawn every morning to start the task of cleaning, cooking and preparing food for the cats. Her work usually continues until after ten at night. If one of the cats is sick, however, she will sit with him throughout the night.
But that’s not where it stops!

  • New arrivals are thoroughly checked and any medical requirements are attended to such as neutering and snuffles.

  • Once the cats have been evaluated and passed the test, they are released into the main sanctuary where there is Wendy houses equipped with baskets and blankets.

  • Natural grass is in abundance and over 100 shrubs and trees have been planted in order to provide a stress-free environment with natural scratching posts.

  • There is a beautiful forest which supplies shade and trees to climb, while the ferals prefer to live in rustic hides made from branches and twigs.

It goes without saying that it costs a lot of money to maintain all of this.

Cat Village has no permanent source of funding, and Irma is dependent on donations from the public.
If you are interested in helping us,

  • By Donations

  • Sponsorship

  • By becoming a Village Member

  • or just a visit to the Cat Village to spoil the “lucky ones” it will be much appreciated.

Vision and mission

Our mission is to provide shelter, food and medical support to homeless, neglected and abused cats within the Gauteng area. In doing so, we enhance their lives in a caring environment which will ensure that they live out their natural lives in secure and happy surroundings. Cat Village is geared to providing veterinary nurses the opportunity to have hands-on practical experience with the residents. We also aim to raise awareness of the plight of unplanned litters by joining forces with organisations such as  and Every animal deserves a loving home!


Since commencing operation, we have survived the establishment stage to the extent that some 1000 formerly destitute and traumatised cats have found a home where they are sheltered, fed and have lost their fear of humans. Some cats originally described as lost causes have fully recovered and are now leading a normal life. Our casualty rate is less than 2%, which is phenomenal given the condition many of them are in when they arrive at Cat Village.


Any assistance from you to help lighten Irma’s load would be much appreciated. She has never faltered in her constant love and devotion to animals. Cat Village is a happy, loving home for cats, where you as a visitor are always welcome.

Please Help Irma to continue with her unselfish ambition of caring for the cats that she loves so
much. Any kind of donation is much appreciated

CatPals – Pretoria and Centurion, Gauteng

| October 29, 2010

CatPalsis a small non-profit volunteer organisation caring for the feral or street cats of Pretoria and Centurion in Gauteng, South Africa.

CatPals is a small non-profit volunteer organisation caring for the feral or street cats of Pretoria and Centurion in Gauteng, South Africa.

Anneke Brits:
(c) 083 327 0365
(for publicity, volunteering and information about feral cat management)

Doreen Gough:
(c) 082 497 7938
(for adoptions)

Lorna Kolver:
(c) 082 770 1326
(for donations to sales table only)

Pieter Joubert
independent operator
(c) 082 962 7433
(for feral trapping and removal only)

Address: Pretoria / Centurion Gauteng
Country: South Africa

CatPals is a small non-profit volunteer organisation caring for the feral or street cats of Pretoria and Centurion in Gauteng, South Africa.

For more on our activities, see “What does CatPals do?” below.

Our history and philosophy
CatPals was born about 15 years ago, when three intrepid women began to work among the feral cats of Pretoria, South Africa, calling themselves “Cat Rescue”. They were remarkable women, working long hours in addition to their full-time jobs and spending many thousands of rands of their own money. From these small but determined beginnings, the organisation grew to its present size of around 60 members, eventually changed its name to CatPals, and was registered as a welfare non-profit organisation. Like other volunteer organisations all over South Africa, what it lacks in size and means it makes up for in enthusiasm and dedication. If asked to explain in one sentence what we are about, we would say: “Everything we do, is aimed at caring for the homeless and especially the street or feral cats of Pretoria and Centurion.”

Banking information for Donations:

CatPals funds its wide-ranging cat rescue activities from 3 bank accounts. All three are with Standard Bank, Brooklyn (branch code 011245). Any donation to any or all of them would be most welcome, since without the help of animal lovers, we would not be able to continue our work.

  • Account no 017573378 (name “CatPals”):
    Feeding and medical expenses of adoption kittens and cats, and general expenses
  • Account no 017513464 (name “Feral Friends”):
    Feeding and sterilisation of feral cats

  • Account no 414959183 (name “Feral Management”):
    Running of sanctuary for non-adoptable cats
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