Durban NPO 000-563 and PBO 930006852

The Durban Branch of the AACL was established in Durban North in 1959, and has been active for the past 57 years, caring for 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 its current beautiful location at Artesia Farm in Leckhampton Valley.

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.

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.

Where animals are removed from their owners, the League will wherever possible, provide the necessary care and 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 are removed, nursed 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 adopts will visit the animal at the kennels to decide on whether or not they wish to adopt a dog or cat
  • 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 and observed during the settling in period, especially if there needs to be any integration with other animals on the property
  • a follow-up inspection is undertaken within the next month

Cat Hotel

Opened in December 2014, the Cat Boarding  Hotel provides luxury feline accommodation. Our facility offers air conditioning, personal attention and lots of love in a safe and secure environment.

Charity Shop

A variety of good quality, second-hand goods generously donated by supporters are sold from the Charity Shop to raise funds. Items on offer vary enormously but typically include kitchenware, crockery, pottery and decorative pieces, glassware, books, clothing and tools.

Tea Garden

The tea garden, now known as the Leopard Tree Cafe, is open from Tuesday to Friday 09h00 till 15h00 and on Saturdays 09h00 till 13h00.  [CLOSED Sundays and Mondays]

Offering a small delicious menu, we cater for breakfasts, toasted sandwiches and light lunches.  The Cafe is situated in tranquil gardens, and diners can watch regular passers-by in the form of peacocks and Jackson, our resident pig.

The surrounding gardens offer jungle gyms and 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.

Our Banking Details:
Animal Anti-Cruelty League Durban & Pietermaritzburg

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 000-563

PBO No. 930006852

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Contact E-Mails:

General Manager – David Rogers:
Adoptions – Jenny Meyer:
Call centre – Paula Blackler:
Accounts – Brenda Janse van Rensburg:
Grounds – Sipho Ngwenya


Public Office: 031 736 9093
Fax: 031 736 9093