In early 1992, the new Society was established in the Industrial area of Epping and on the 1st of August 1992, the new facilities were officially opened by Princess Labia, who was a longstanding friend of the League and one of its first Honorary Life members. Although the Cape Town Society had some rough times in past years, today it is a strong and very busy Society, and offers subsidized animal primary health services, support and education to less fortunate communities
The Animal Anti-Cruelty League Cape Town offers a consultation primary health care service, as well as treatment for animals subjected to cruelty, motor vehicle accidents, abuse and neglect. The clinic is equipped with a reception, 3 consulting rooms, operating theatre, x-ray room, 73 hospital cages, 12 isolation cages, 30 adoption kennels, 10 portable cages for emergencies or ‘overspill’ and a public dipping tank. The clinic and hospital attend to 54,000 animals per annum.
Rescued or unwanted animals are rehabilitated and placed in the kennels/cattery for adoption. It is permanently bursting at the seams, with an average of 120 animals being cared for on a daily basis. As the Animal Anti-Cruelty League is an independent organisation, there is no holding period. The average animal stays for under 3 months before being adopted, but in exceptional cases, animals have stayed for over a year. A fostering facility using volunteers, hand-rears animals, which are prematurely taken away from their mothers. The Adoptions Department rehabilitate and re-home 500 animals per annum.
Animal Anti-Cruelty League Cape Town have three fully trained and qualified inspectors, who carry out the sometimes horrific task of Complaint Investigations, as well as giving lectures and one-on-one education. The inspectors are authorised under the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962, to inspect the premises of all complaints lodged at the League, and after counselling, should the owners still be unable to care for their animal/s, the inspectors have the authority to confiscate the animal/s. Approximately 2,400 complaints per annum are attended to by this busy department in Cape Town.
The Animal Anti-Cruelty League Cape Town’s entire funding comes through donations from animal lovers and people who have known the love and devotion of pets. All donated money and goods are used with great care to ensure the best possible care can be given to as many needy animals as possible.
“A hundred years from now, it will not matter the sort of house I lived in, what my bank account was, or the car I drove…. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of animals and the creatures of this earth.”
With your help we can continue improving the lives of many animals. To ensure regular cash flow kindly make a once-off donation, or complete a debit order (form enclosed). You can also consider nominating us as a beneficiary in you Last Will and Testament.
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The Cape Town Society also operates a mobile clinic to disadvantaged areas 7 times a week, to assist the communities with primary health care, sterilisation, vaccinations and education. 3,600 animals are attended to by this service per annum.
Education and Information
Every opportunity is used to give animal welfare advice, educate pet owners on pet care responsibilities, give talks, attend relevant events, and emphasize through education the importance of issues such as sterilisation and vaccination.
During 2005/2006 the Animal Anti-Cruelty League Cape Town investigated the possibility of opening a branch clinic in the Bellville area to help relieve the pressure on their Epping facility. Epping is also beyond reach of many members of the disadvantaged community, who do not have transport, as it is situated some 15km away from Bellville. A lease agreement with the City of Cape Town was secured and a branch opened as registered veterinary consulting rooms, in November 2006. Services to the underprivileged communities from this newly established clinic are:
Primary health care; Preventative treatment (Vaccines, deworming, dipping); education on pet care and nutrition; Treatment of sick and injured animals on an outpatient basis.
Provides overnight hospitalization; Theatre: Surgical procedures, including sterilization, are undertaken by a half-day veterinarian. Major orthopaedic cases, however, are referred to the Epping branch.
The Bellville Animal Anti-Cruelty League is the municipal pound for the Tygerberg sub-structure of the City of Cape Town and as such, houses all stray animals which are brought in.
Unwanted pets and unclaimed strays are put up for adoption in the Animal Anti-Cruelty League’s Bellville kennels and cattery facilities. All animals adopted out by the Animal Anti-Cruelty League are sterilized, vaccinated and dewormed, prior to adoption and property checks are carried out by their inspectors, to ensure that potential homes are suitable.
Since opening the Bellville Clinic, statistics have revealed and confirmed the critical need for subsidized veterinary care in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. While the Bellville Clinic continues to make a valuable and meaningful impact on local communities, areas still in great need are those of the low-cost housing and squatter camps situated in Wallacedene and Bloekombos situated in Kraainfontein. These areas have an almost 50% unemployment rate and a median per capita income of below R500 per month. More than 85% of Wallacedene residents occupy informal dwellings. Currently, there is no clinic servicing these areas and the suffering animals is unimaginable. Sick and injured animals are left to die, as owners are unable to transport them to welfare facilities and cannot afford private veterinary treatment. The mobile clinic attends to the Wallacedene area every Monday, from 10h00 to 13h00.