If you’re a pet owner already, you know there’s not a day that goes by that you don’t love and cherish your animal companion. So hug your hedgehog extra tight, bond with your bunny, give your pup a few more treats and belly rubs, and cut your kitty some extra catnip! Every pet, animal, and furry (as well as not so furry) friend deserves to be celebrated each and every day.
Besides adopting a pet or special furry friend of your own (which is most certainly first prize – in more ways than one) here are a few extra things you can do to support your local Animal Rescue & Relief Organizations and Animal Shelters in and around Cape Town.
- Take supplies to any of your local animal/pet shelters and/or Animal Rescue & Relief Organizations.
- Volunteer at any of your local animal/pet shelters and/or Animal Rescue & Relief Organizations.
- Donate (it doesn’t matter how small) to any of your local animal/pet shelters and/or Animal Rescue & Relief Organizations.
- If you’re not ready to fully adopt a pet yet, you can volunteer to foster a pet in need.
- Help friends and family members with their pets.
- Show some extra love to any pets you encounter.
- Give your own pet / pets some EXTRA love and attention.
Here are some great Animal Rescue Organizations & Animal Shelters to support in Cape Town all-year round!
#DARG | Domestic Animal Rescue Group
- Location: DARG, Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
- Contact details: 021 790 0383 | [email protected] | DARG NPO number: 026-141-NPO
- Website: www.darg.org.za
- Facebook: @DARG.org.za
- Instagram: @dargdays
DARG is a pro-life, non-profit organisation that rescues, cares for, sterilizes and rehomes previously abused, neglected, and abandoned cats and dogs.
Situated on a large plot in Hout Bay, Western Cape, DARG provides shelter for its rescues through housing an extensive cat garden, cat sanctuary, outdoor and indoor kennel areas as well as indoor rooms for those animals in treatment or rehabilitation. DARG provides a crucial role for the communities of Imizamo Yethu, Hangberg and the greater Hout Bay area.
DARG solely relies on the public’s generosity and support through donations – if you’d like to help, click here!
DARG gives you the option / opportunity to adopt a loving pet, make a donation, or volunteer your time and effort to this INCREDIBLE organization and all the amazing work they do. EVERY little bit helps!
#Cape of Good Hope SPCA
- Location: Cape of Good Hope SPCA, 1st Avenue & First Road, Grassy Park, Cape Town
- Contact details: 021 700 4140 | [email protected] | After Hours: 083 326 1604
- Website: www.capespca.co.za | Click here for more information
- Facebook: @CapeofGoodHopeSPCA
- Instagram: @capespca
Established in 1872, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is the founding society of the SPCA movement in South Africa and the oldest animal welfare organization in the country. The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is determined to prevent cruelty, mistreatment, and abuse of any and all animals as well as educate others in the process. They also partner with law enforcement and veterinary services, operating within an enormous 11 000km² radius.
Aside from providing healthcare to individual animals that are brought in for care, through sterilization they have also helped to alleviate the over-population problem in the region. They are often in communities who need them the most, with quality inspectors determined to help those who can’t help themselves. There is an Animal Care Centre, a Horse Care Unit and a Wildlife Centre as well as boarding kennels, a lost and found setup and mobile clinics.
The SPCA is also a great place to adopt your new best friend / friends, with cats, dogs, horses, and farm animals all looking for caring and loving homes. There is an adoption process in place to ensure all prospective owners can adequately take care of the pets / animals they wish to adopt. This process has been put in place to make sure every pet and furry friend lives a long and happy life with those who care about them.
The Cape of Good Hope SPCA’s services include an animal care centre, wildlife centre and unit, horse care unit, sterilization, mobile clinics, feral cat unit, education and animal healthcare, and the adoption of dogs, cats, horses, and other farm animals.
How you can help the SPCA:
#TEARS Animal Rescue
Rescue | Rehabilitate | Rehome
- Location: TEARS Animal Rescue, 4 Lekkerwater Road, Sunnydale, Cape Town
- Contact details: 021 785 4482 | [email protected] | Cattery: 021 785 1310 ; [email protected] | Volunteer: [email protected] ; Click here for more information on Volunteering at TEARS | Kennels: 021 785 4482 ; [email protected] | Click here for more information on adopting and/or fostering a dog or cat | Click here for more information on how you can donate to TEARS and get involved
- Website: www.tears.org.za | Click here for more information
- Facebook: @TEARS Animal Rescue
- Instagram: @tearsanimalrescue
A registered, pro-life, non-profit organisation, TEARS Animal Rescue is one of the country’s leading animal welfare organisations. TEARS Animal Rescue’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home domestic animals, as well as provide veterinary services to local communities.
TEARS provides a sanctuary for companion animals in need, striving to end homelessness, neglect, and abuse in the various communities they serve, both in and around Cape Town through medical assistance, humane education, rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming.
As a pro-life, registered, non-profit organisation, TEARS relies on the support of caring individuals and corporates to assist them in fulfilling their mission to bring relief to animals in distress, whether through intervention, education, medical assistance, or rehoming.
- Veterinary Clinic / Services
- Rescue, rehabilitate, rehome
- Mobile Animal Clinic
- Community Education
- Community Cat Project
- Lost & Found Animals
- Aiding / facilitating dog and cat adoptions and fostering
Help TEARS Protect Animals
TEARS Animal Rescue needs your help! With your support, TEARS is able to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome hundreds of animals each year, turning tears of sadness into tears of joy. TEARS provides free sterilisation and subsidised medical assistance to the low-income communities covering 250 square kilometres across the southern Cape Peninsula.
Your help enables the team at TEARS to visit vulnerable communities daily in order to collect and transport animals for sterilisation, provide basic animal healthcare such as vaccinations and pest control, as well as rescue homeless, unwanted and injured animals. These animals are transported to the TEARS Veterinary Clinic.
All TEARS Animal Rescue supporters and volunteers are vital in creating happy endings for the countless dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens in their care.
- Click here for more information on volunteering at TEARS
- Click here for more information on how you can support and donate to TEARS and get involved
TEARS Animal Rescue Adoption & Fostering
At TEARS you can choose to either adopt or foster a dog / puppy and / or a cat / kitten.
- Click here to find out more about adopting or sponsoring a dog
- here to find out more about fostering a dog / puppy
The TEARS Kennels are open by appointment only. Please email [email protected] or call 021 785 4482 to book an appointment.
- Click here to find out more about adopting or sponsoring a cat
- Click here to find out more about fostering a cat
The TEARS Cattery is open by appointment only. Please email [email protected] or call 021 785 1310 to book an appointment.
**Click here for more information on TEARS Animal Rescue and the various ways you can help, contribute, and offer your support.
#Fallen Angels Pet Rescue
- Location: Fallen Angels, Portion 25/19 of the farm Kleine Zoute Rivier 1063, Melkbosstrand, Cape Town
- Contact details: Office hours: 084 482 0290 | Shireen: 076 993 9670 | Email: [email protected]
- Website: www.fallenangels.org.za
- Facebook: @FALLENAngelsZA
- Instagram: @fallen_angels_sa
- **Click here to find out more about the countless furbabies and ‘Fallen Angels’ that are up for adoption
- **Click here to find out more about the various ways you can support and donate to the Fallen Angels Pet Rescue Organization
- **Visit the Fallen Angels’ website for EVERYTHING you need / want to know
Fallen Angels Pet Rescue is a registered NPO focusing on the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of domestic animals. Any animal that is forgotten, abandoned (abused), lost, emaciated, and neglected (**FALLEN**) is deemed a Fallen Angel and becomes a very important part of the Fallen Angels Pet Rescue’s focus area.
Through animal therapy Fallen Angels Pet Rescue aims to assist in the healing process of each and every broken soul of all the “FALLEN Angels”. While their ultimate goal is to assist and help every single ‘Fallen Angel’, they are currently only able to help as many ‘Fallen Angels’ as their finances allow / as they are financially able to – This is where your help, donations, and support is crucial.
Situated in Melkbosstrand, Fallen Angels Pet Rescue works incredibly hard to ensure ALL the animals in their care get the love, attention, and adoration that they deserve. One of their primary aims / goals is to make sure that each and every (or, at the very least, as many as possible) animals in their care get homes that will give them the love, admiration, care, and comfort that they deserve.
#WOOF Project | Dog Adoption
- Location: 128 Russell St, Woodstock, Cape Town
- Contact details: Adoptions: [email protected] | 081 347 0784 | General Enquiries: [email protected] | 081 347 0784
- Website: www.oscarsarc.org
- Facebook: @oscarsarcsa
- Instagram: @oscarsarc
WOOF Project is a bold and highly dynamic ‘pop – up’ mobile dog adoption initiative by Oscars Arc, an NPO born to inspire dog adoption and dedicated to saving as many dogs’ lives as possible. All dogs originate from existing shelters and WOOF Project gives them the exposure they need in order to find a loving home, giving them the incredible opportunity to live a happy and fulfilling life with people that care for them.
Since its inception in March 2017, WOOF Project operated for 235 weekends and has taken over 3967 shelter dogs off death row and placed them into forever homes. That’s not only a remarkable feat and accomplishment, but something to be TRULY proud of.
How YOU can help & support the WOOF Project
There are a few amazing ways you can help and support the WOOF Project:
If you’re looking to adopt a truly remarkable furry best friend, WOOF Project has your back! WOOF Project is incredibly devoted to finding you (and every single person looking to adopt) the perfect match for your family through an inspired and dedicated adoption experience – guaranteed!
Click here to find out more about the WOOF Project adoption process.
As a volunteer at WOOF Project, you will undoubtedly make a profound difference in not only helping in saving hundreds (if not more) dogs’ lives, but really have an impact on an extremely important cause that has been neglected and overlooked for far too long.
If you love what WOOF Project is all about and everything they do, please considering donating to their cause – absolutely any bit helps! Your action of support makes a real difference.
Click here to find out more about how you can donate to the WOOF Project – Your support is beyond appreciated.
For any more information, please be sure to visit the WOOF Project website – This is where you’ll find everything you need to know.
- Location: 56 Koeberg Road, Brooklyn, Cape Town
- Contact details: 021 510 7360 | [email protected] | Emergency contact: 083 642 2805
- Website: www.africantails.co.za
- Facebook: @AfricanTails
- Instagram: @africantails
African Tails is a registered Non-Profit Organization (NPO) that focus on mass sterilisation, rescue, and rehoming of cats and dogs.
African Tails has a vision built on five fundamental principles:
According to best practice, sterilising at least 70% of a breeding pet population within an isolated area, will result in the best long-term effect on the area and its pet population.
This is centred around teaching young and old about the value of good animal husbandry as well as the importance of sterilisation of companion animals. Empathy is the key to healthy communities and their pets.
Rescue and re-homing:
African Tails offers desperate and in-need animals a second chance by rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing them in a loving and caring environment.
Living condition interventions:
African Tails strives to not only sterilise companion animals, but where needed, to drastically increase their quality of life. This is obtained through the distribution of kennels, runners, medical interventions, and vaccinations.
African Tails has an office in Brooklyn, Milnerton, where they are available to assist pet owners from the local community by offering them advice on responsible pet ownership for dogs and cats. They also offer sterilisation at a reduced cost on set days per month. Booking is essential.
How you can contribute to African Tails
Your small contribution makes a huge difference and enables African Tails to continue the incredible work they do.
Adopting an animal will not change the world, but it will change THEIR world forever. Adopt, don’t shop! Click here for more information on how you can adopt a cat and / or dog from African Tails that is in desperate need of your love and care.
Love dogs and cats but not quite ready to commit to another full-time companion? Perhaps you’d like to be a foster parent to one of African Tails’ newly rescued animals! While African Tails is committed to searching and finding permanent homes for all their animals, they rely heavily on foster homes to provide these loving furry companions with a comfortable but temporary place to stay. This is a VERY important part of saving an animal’s life. Without foster homes, African Tails (and any animal rescue organization or shelter for that matter) cannot save these animals.
Click here for more information on how you can foster a cat and / or dog from African Tails that is in desperate need of your love and care.
African Tails is always in need of a helping paw! There are different ways to actively support Animal Welfare, and volunteering is one of them. Be it driving animals to and from the vets on their behalf, assisting at events or helping African Tails out on sterilisation days, any and all help from volunteers is always greatly appreciated.
African Tails also has monthly adoption and market days that they attend, during which they rely heavily on volunteers manning these stands on their behalf.
Click here to find out more about how you can help African Tails.
As African Tails is a registered Non-Profit Organization (NPO) they rely solely on donations to continue the remarkable work they are doing.
Click here to find out how you can donate to African Tails and offer your help and support, regardless of how small – EVERY little bit counts!
#Animal Rescue Organization
- Location: 5 Olieboom Road, Schaapkraal, Ottery, Cape Town
- Contact details: 021 396 5511 | 078 – 777 0406 | [email protected]
- Website: www.animalrescue.org.za
- Facebook: @animalrescuecape
- Instagram: @animalrescueorganisation
Animal Rescue Organisation (ARO) is a registered NPO and Public Benefit Organisation established in 1986 with a mission to relieve the suffering of animals living within indigent communities across the Cape Metropole.
ARO is not a pet shelter, but is a welfare veterinary hospital service concentrating on a number of important areas of work including sterilisation and primary health care.
ARO Mobile Clinics are run by registered and experienced AWA’s (Animal Welfare Assistants) which are sent out into extremely poor and indigent communities and informal settlements including, but not limited to, Guguletu, Nyanga, Delft, Browns Farm and similar areas within the wider Cape Metropole.
In addition, ARO runs a fully equipped welfare hospital in Ottery providing welfare services to members of the public earning less than R15 000 gross monthly household income.
Animal Rescue Organisation Services
- Welfare Hospital
- Charity Shops
- Mobile Clinics
- Donations: Click here to find out more about how you can make a donation to this extremely worthy cause and offer your much-needed and vastly appreciated support.
There are many ways you can help ARO – From fundraising, volunteering at their events, and helping with maintenance of their facilities to shopping at their charity shops and supporting their cause.
Visit the Animal Rescue Organisation website for everything you need to know about this remarkable organization.
#Animal Anti-Cruelty League | AACL
- Contact details: Call 011 435 0672 to report any form of animal cruelty
- Website: Click here to visit the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) website for everything you need to know
The Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) has been protecting and caring for animals since 1956. It is South Africa’s second largest independent Animal Welfare Organization, relying entirely on the generosity and goodwill of the animal-loving public for financial support.
AACL is an organization that gets involved with all aspects of animal welfare, including:
- Providing shelter for abandoned animals
- Promoting an efficient adoption programme
- Prosecuting animal cruelty cases
- Running welfare hospitals for lower income groups
- Visiting underprivileged areas with fully equipped mobile clinics and regularly addressing schools and clubs on the challenges of animal welfare.
- Rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of animals (adoption)
How you can help the Animal Anti-Cruelty League
- Volunteer your time: Click here to find out more
- Report Animal Cruelty: Click here to find out more | Or call 011 435 0672 to report any form of animal cruelty right away
- Make a donation / Become a member: Click here to find out more
- Adopting an animal to love & care for: Click here to find out more
- Location: Prospur Centre, cnr Basil & Churchill Rds, Plumstead, Cape Town
- Contact details: 083 641 3535 | [email protected]
- Website: www.plumpets.org
PlumPets animal shelter is a no kill animal organisation, established in 2006 by Paulette Bousfield and Duncan Stevens (veterinarian). Paulette and Duncan, who own Plumstead Animal Hospital in Cape Town, play an important role in caring for the animals owned by the local community.
How you can help support PlumPets
Click here to visit the PlumPets website to find out everything you need to know and how you can offer your help and support.
Other GREAT Animal Rescue Organizations & Animal Shelters To Support In Cape Town include:
- Rescue Is Life: www.rescueislife.co.za
- Animal Welfare Society of South Africa: www.awscape.org.za
- HART (Helderberg Animal Rescue Team): www.hartteamsa.com
- Four Paws: www.four-paws.org.za
- Cheryl Lyn’s Rescue Organisation: www.cro-animal-rescue.org.za
- Megs Mutts Rescue: www.megsmutts.co.za
- Paws of Cape Town
- Bella’s Guardian Angels |Animal rescue