Durban NPO 000-563, PBO 930006852


Monday – Friday: 08h00 – 15h30 (3:30pm)
Saturday:               09h00 – 13h00 (1 pm)
Sundays and Public Holidays – Closed to public

Contact E-Mails:

General Manager – Judi Gibson (Inspector) –
Adoptions – Jenny Meyer –
Call centre – Paula Blackler –
Accounts – Brenda Janse van Rensburg –
Grounds – Sipho Ngwenya


Postal Address:
P.O Box 20005
Durban North
Kwazulu Natal

53 Artesia Avenue
Leckhampton Valley


Public Office: 031 736 9093
Finance: 031 563 4409 & Fax: 0865465659

Pursuant with a long standing agreement between the South African Veterinary Council and Animal Welfare Organisations, we do not treat private patients who do not qualify for welfare assistance. An Almonying system (Means Test) is in place and only those who pass this test will be treated at our Animal Welfare Hospitals.

Artesia Farm, in Leckhampton Valley, Hammarsdale – the home of the Animal Anti-Cruelty League – Durban Branch

The Animal Anti-Cruelty League – Durban Branch was established in Durban North in 1959, and has been active for the past 57 years, caring and protecting animals in the Greater Durban Area, working mainly in informal settlements and in outlying under privileged areas.

In February 2012 the two properties based in residential Durban North were sold and the Branch relocated to Artesia Farm in Leckhampton Valley, Hammarsdale.

The farm, whilst dilapidated on purchase, opened enormous opportunities for renovation in accordance with the high standards and qualities that the League had for many years envisioned for the overall care and protection of the many animals in need.

During 2014, AACL’s Pietermaritzburg Branch was closed and amalgamated with the Durban Branch, being ideally situated equidistant to Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

Our Banking Details:

Animal Anti-Cruelty League Durban

Standard Bank
Account No.: 051350521
Branch: Durban North
Code: 042826

If and when you make a direct deposit into this account, please remember to inform us, by sending us a copy of your deposit or EFT. You can fax or email us as above.

Very important notice!

Payments for “Home Organiser Diaries”, “Portrait Desk Pads” and “Tony And Friends Educational CD” MUST BE MADE ONLY to our Marketing Banking Account. Please refer to our MARKETING PAGE for details.


NPO 000-560
and a
PBO No. 930006842



Making a Difference in Kwa-Zulu Natal

The League does not rely on communities to bring animals to it, but proactively enters into informal shelters and townships to seek out animals in need.  The League’s vehicles and field operators are well known and trusted, enabling freedom of movement amongst residents and animals.

During the period August 2013 and February 2016, AACL partnered with the KZN Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in its Outreach KZN project.  This project offered free sterilisation of dogs and cats within townships and informal settlements.

As transportation proved problematic for those wishing to have their animals sterilised, the AACL Durban Branch offered its vehicles and field personnel to collect animals as far reaching as Richmond to the North and Umkomaas to the South.   The animals were transported to a satellite clinic and returned at the end of the day with a bag of food provided by AACL to aid in recovery, considering the environment in which the animals were living.

In Hammarsdale and surrounding areas, field workers working street by street, cleared these areas of unsterilized animals. As community confidence grew, more and more pet owners came forward requesting assistance, and continue to do so today.

During this 18 month period, the League collected and returned over 7 000 dogs and cats for sterilisation, vaccination, rabies inoculation, deworming and parasite control.


Sterilisation is AACL’s priority focus.  Particularly in areas where communities can barely feed themselves the cost of the sterilisation is untenable, resulting in females being pregnant for most of their lives, until their bodies can no longer withstand the on-going pregnancies.  Male dogs are often maimed or even killed in fights as packs pursue a single female, and a score of unwanted puppies and kittens neglected, dying of hunger and disease.  It is here, on a daily basis, that the League’s Inspectors and Field Workers seek out problem areas, collect the animals for sterilisation to return them to their owners.

Extensive sterilisation campaigns are undertaken whenever funding allows.

Every animal in the care of Animal Anti-Cruelty League, collected for sterilisation, is sutured with dissolvable stitches, vaccinated and inoculated against rabies.

In the period August 2013 to February 2016, the League’s Durban Branch partnered with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, in their Outreach KZN sterilisation project.   The satellite clinic, initially based alongside Inchanga posed transportation problems for residents and their animals.  It was at this time that the League offered its vehicles and personnel to collect and return animals for sterilisation in Hammarsdale and surrounding townships.   For convenience, the satellite clinic was moved to the League’s premises in Leckhampton Valley, where some 7 000 dogs and cats were sterilised, dewormed, vaccinated, inoculated against rabies, and treated against parasites.

Once the Outreach KZN project reached its conclusion,  Drs Nazmeera Khan and Glynnis Joubert launched a fully equipped veterinary clinic, Artesia Animal Clinic, on the League’s property, offering competitive rates to all.

Once again, where transportation is problematic, at a fee, AACL will collect the animal for sterilisation in the morning, to return home in the afternoon.

Mobile Dipping Unit

The acquisition of a mobile dipping trailer, through the sponsorship of generous animal loving supporters, has allowed the League to undertake regular trips into rural areas and informal settlements, providing a free service in the eradication of tick and flea infestation. This regular treatment greatly reduces the ravages of mange and deadly diseases.

Rehabilitation and Adoption

Where animals are removed from owners, the League will wherever possible, provide the necessary attention to fully rehabilitate the animal for future adoption.  In many cases, where females have produced unwanted puppies and kittens, the mother is sterilised and returned home. The babies will be removed, brought to full health, socialised and offered for adoption.  All homes are inspected to ensure a caring, safe and happy home, with a follow up inspection undertaken thereafter.

The adoption process :

  • prospective adoptees will visit the animal at the kennels to decide on whether or not they wish to a dog or cat
  • a house inspection is then undertaken by AACL personnel
  • if all pertinent safety points are found to be satisfactory the animal will be taken to the home to watch
  • over the settling in and any intergration if there are other animals on the property
  • a follow up inspection is undertaken within the next month

The Story of Spirit

Spirit was reported scavenging near an informal in Durban North.  It was difficult to catch her, as she kept running away through fear.  However, through gentle determination, she was eventually picked up by the AACL Inspectors and taken to the vet for diagnosis. She had infectious mange, was suffering from severe malnutrition, biliary and coccidia.

As her medical treatment continued her demeanour softened, and she became the sweetest , friendliest pooch.  She was adopted by the kindest lady and lives a life of love and happiness.



And After

Management of feral cat colonies

The League is the only registered animal welfare non-profit organisation within the Greater Durban Area that undertakes the trapping of feral cats for sterilisation. Once sterilised, the colony can be managed and controlled. Being territorial, cats will defend and protect their area, thus keeping other cats away.

Elimination of cat colonies through euthanasia, simply allows for other cats to take their place.  It has been proven worldwide, that colonies cannot be eliminated in this way.

The Cat Haven has been a sanctuary for feral and abused cats for the past 16 years.  Many cats that have lived in unthinkable circumstances have come to live out their lives in the shelter.  At present the haven gives love and shelter to over 60 cats.

Our wish list includes a retirement haven for older cats, to provide a tranquil environment in older years, away from the antics of the youngsters.

Cat Haven

Tabitha, Grey and Boyjie


The League’s fully qualified inspectors operate under the authority of the Magistrate of various Districts.  The Inspector’s Mission is to prevent cruelty to any animal by thoroughly inspecting and investigating all environments in which animals find themselves, preferably educating the public before arguments and prosecutions except in cases of premeditated or deliberate cruelty. An inspector will always act in the interest and welfare of all animals.


Education is a vital aspect of the League’s objectives.  It is recognized that the education of our children at an early age, on the care and well-being of animals, is a most effective way of tackling animal abuse and neglect.  Junior and senior primary learners are reached, through the League’s thirty minute interactive road show.  Actors, representing a dog Bubble, and a cat Squeak, teach children the basics of keeping their pets happy, cared for and healthy.  Activity books and badges in English and/or Zulu are handed out after the show to reinforce these messages at home.

Learners are encouraged to bring to the attention of their educators, any acts of cruelty or neglect which they may detect.  This information is then passed through to the League, where necessary action can be taken.  These Learners are called AACL Action Heroes.

Field workers are trained in the education of residents regarding the correct care of their pets, dispelling myths and traditional cures that are in many cases detrimental to the health of the animal.

Cat Hotel

Opened in December 2014, the Cat Boarding  Hotel, is providing luxury feline accommodation. Offering air conditioning , personal attention, safety and security.

Charity Shop

A variety of good quality second hand goods generously donated by supporters, together with plants and fresh produce gathered from the Farm are sold from the Charity Shop, to raise funds.


Financed purely by the public, the League offers a number of fund raising opportunities.

Generously donated, a variety of good quality indoor plants are housed in the shade houses.  Small trees and  outdoor plants are also available, together with fresh vegetables harvested from the land.

Tea Garden

The Tea garden is open Monday to Friday 09h00 till 15h00 and on Saturdays 09h00 till 13h00.

Offering a small delicious menu, we cater for breakfasts, toasted sandwiches and light  lunches, the tea garden is situated in tranquil gardens.  Regular passers-by are peacocks and Jackson our resident pig.  The gardens offer jungle gyms and in summer a sparkling swimming pool.

So enjoy your meal in serenity whilst supporting our endeavours to care and protect the many animals in dire need.

Boardroom and Function Area

Previously our small charity shop, the cabin has been transformed into a meeting room, which has been used  for small private meetings, and training sessions, and children’s parties when the weather is inclement.

The stage alongside has been used for children’s parties, and music festivals.  Once dressed, it can also be used for intimate weddings.  The surrounding gardens offer a scenic backdrop for photographs.

Maintenance Team

Community Service

Covering all areas from Pietermaritzburg to the Durban Coast whilst sterilisation is the prime objective of the League, services to the community include the following:

  • managing feral cat colonies
  • distributing cat and dog food in disadvantaged communities
  • inspectorate investigations
  • rescue, rehabilitation and adoption programmes
  • mobilisation of a dipping unit to free animals from parasites and mange
  • education programmes for learners