5 Doggy Charities to Donate to in 2018


5 Doggy Charities to Donate to in 2018

If you’re a dog owner then there’s no doubt you love your furry friend to bits - in fact, some of us take better care of our pets than we do ourselves! There’s nothing wrong with having a pampered pooch who is showered with love and attention but what about all those homeless, shelter pups out there who need a little love? If you’re looking to share the love with dogs in need we’ve found 5 incredible doggy charities you can donate to in 2018.


1. African Tails - Western Cape

African Tails is all about spreading the word around sterilisation. The ever-increasing number of stray dogs adds fuel to the cycle of abuse, suffering and neglect, so with this in mind, their key focus areas are: sterilisation, treatment (giving pet owners in townships assistance when their animals have been injured or are sick), education around sterilisation, and rescue and re-homing. The fact that African Tails does not have a shelter facility allows them to operate in a wide range of areas around Cape Town and the charity relies on a system of foster homes in Cape Town to take care of their various animals. This also allows them to dedicate more funds towards nursing sick and abused animals back to health as well as sterilising, deworming, and vaccinating these animals. Without donations, many of their thousands of success stories would not have been written.

To find out more about how you can volunteer or donate goods or fund visit their website.



2. Tears Animal Rescue - Western Cape

This pro-quality of life organisation has a very simple mission - to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home domestic animals, as well as provide veterinary services to local communities. All the animals in their care have been abandoned, abused or neglected and following rescue, their tenants are rehabilitated to prepare them for adoption into new homes. The charity also focuses on reuniting lost animals with their guardians, especially if they’re chipped and can be easily identified. Tears relies heavily 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 re-homing and volunteers are always welcome at the shelter in Sunnydale, Cape Town.
To find out more about how you can volunteer or donate goods or funds visit their website.

3. Barking Mad - Gauteng
This pro-life, animal rehabilitation centre, specialises in so-called “problem” dogs but Barking Mad prefers to call them misunderstood dogs. This unique centre focuses on helping dogs that need their specific expertise and they take in dogs from other rescue centres who are struggling to home them because of behaviour or medical problems. At their animal care centre the charity provides these misunderstood pups with nothing but the best care and rehabilitation programmes - from behaviour modiļ¬cation to extensive medical treatments. When a dog arrives at their shelter they get a full medical examination, micro-chip, vaccinations, sterilisations, and an individual training programme. The Barking Mad rehabilitation centre aims to offer life-long commitment to the dogs that come into their care and a lifetime of support to their new families. They also have a retirement village for older dogs who have been dumped at centres around the country due to medical issues - these dogs have less chance of finding loving homes again and are cared for at Barking Mad. But it doesn’t stop there, their website also offers a network where animal lovers can assist in rehoming more “easily” re-homable dogs in need of a forever home.

To find out more about how you can donate goods or funds visit their website.



4. Save-a-Pet - Eastern Cape

This animal rescue centre situated near Greenbushes, Port Elizabeth rescues, rehabilitates, reunites and re-homes abandoned, abused, lost and stray animals. The non-profit organisation prides itself on being a pro-life shelter that believes that no healthy dog should ever be put down and that all animals should be protected, wanted, suitably homed for life and cared for by responsible owners. Save-a-Pet believes that sterilisation is the most effective way of dealing with the endless stream of unwanted puppies and kittens that are born into a life of suffering and deprivation in the Port Elizabeth area and seeks to raise funds from generous community members in order to continue with their work of sterilising dogs and cats from less privileged areas in Port Elizabeth. In addition to this mission, the shelter also needs volunteers and donations to care for their shelter pets who need food and medical care.

To find out more about how you can volunteer or donate goods or funds visit their website.


5. Ark Animal Centre, Puppy Rescue Shelter - Gauteng

This Johannesburg-based shelter is one of South Africa’s fastest growing non-profit animal shelters. The shelter has a no suffer policy for animals in their care and specialises in the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of puppies, pregnant mom's and small breed dogs from all types of backgrounds. Ark takes in puppies from all over Gauteng and then homes these puppies country wide. Through the help of generous community members, Ark aims to change the attitude of people towards animals in South Africa through education and awareness and to promote animal welfare and animal rights.

To find out more about how you can volunteer or donate goods or funds visit their website.