HANDS ON VETERINARY ASSISTANCE & ABUSED ANIMAL SHELTER, SOUTH AFRICA
Work alongside vets who will train you in veterinary practice

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Work alongside vets who will train you in veterinary practice and educate people from the disadvantaged communities on animal care whilst experiencing the local culture. Be part of a pro-life rescue organisation whose main focus is to assist distressed pets from the surrounding townships and provide care for them.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of Cape Town's neglected animals by being part of this Rescue Shelter whose core aim is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home abandoned, abused and neglected dogs and cats. On an average day the shelter cares for around 300 dogs and puppies, cats and kittens!

The animal rescue shelter was established in 1999 and is a pro-life, non-profit organization whose core aim is to rescue, rehabilitate, re-unite and re-home lost abandoned and abused neglected dogs and cats.  Responding to calls for help from the general public, rescuing lost and stray animals in our community and beyond and acting as an unofficial pound by caring for the animals until they are claimed or re-homed is all in a day’s work!

The shelter has both a busy on-site clinic which serves animals of surrounding disadvantaged townships as well as a mobile clinic which travels into the surrounding township areas daily to provide assistance to animals in need.

Volunteer Involvement

If you are just interested, are studying veterinary care or have any veterinary experience you will have the opportunity to assist in both the on-site and mobile clinics.  From sterilisations to accident victims, you will have the opportunity to work closely with the shelter staff and the vets are highly qualified and will be happy to share their wealth of knowledge with you! They are also keen to get you as involved as possible, and will enjoy teaching you all that they can to equip you to contribute to the health and well-being of animals.

As a volunteer you can get involved in many different activities though. Become involved with the feeding; grooming, walking and socializing of the dogs - animals thrive in a pair of loving, caring hands. You may also have the chance of bottle-feeding kittens or puppies that are very small as well as tasks such as feeding, grooming and walking the dogs, help rescue animals in distress or the rehabilitation and socializing of dogs and cats.

The shelter cares for, at any given time, upward of 300 animals (approximately 150 dogs and puppies and 150 cats and kittens), providing them with food, shelter and positive interaction with people.  The love and attention that you give these animals not only improves their quality of life but enables them to be adopted into a loving home.  An average of 100 animals are admitted to the shelter every month and to date the shelter has homed over 10,000 companion animals.

Accompany shelter staff on a mobile unit which provides primary health care to animals in the nearby disadvantaged communities. The mobile clinic also gives vital animal care education to the community and works with the children, many of whom have had extremely difficult lives, aiming to break the cycle of abuse by teaching them to care and be responsible for animals.

In addition the shelter has a Feral Cat Programme which traps feral cats at business premises, restaurants, schools, clubs, complexes etc., sterilizing them and releasing them back into their habitats.

While our prime focus is the rescue of domestic animals the shelter is also called upon to rescue other creatures such as otters, porcupines, buck, genets, snakes, sea birds, owls and various other terrestrial birds.

The shelter strives to meet the needs of the underprivileged communities it serves by:

  • Providing primary health care such as vaccinations, deworming and parasite control;
  • Offering free sterilisations for their companion animals;
  • Providing a scheduled, daily Mobile Clinic offering basic health care (vaccinating, deworming, parasite control) and food to the animals six days a week
  • Establishing an essential working relationship with the residents to protect the rights of the animals and empowering and supporting them through effective education, guidance and follow up.
  • Providing a registered clinic on our premises offering veterinary care for pets for any condition, illness or injury.

Today, the shelter has the only established animal clinic for disadvantaged communities in the area, providing not just primary health care and sterilisations, but also treating animals for any condition, illness or injury, such as biliary, gastro-intestinal disorders, eye and ear problems, orthopaedic procedures, bite wounds, burns, suturing of wounds following stabbings, mange, musculo-skeletal problems and many other conditions.

Through donations the shelter has also been able to purchase essential equipment for the clinic and even have an x-ray machine which has been an invaluable item in view of the many motor vehicle accident victims treated. Every animal treated in the clinic is sterilised before being returned to its owner.

The love and attention that volunteers give the animals at the shelter really does improve their quality of life and future prospects of adoption and integration into a loving home.  It has been said “the best shelter is a caring community!” With your help and the help of enough volunteers, we can make that statement come true! Rest assured your work will be necessary, rewarding and exciting!

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