Everything You Need to Know About Adopting a Dog in South Africa






Everything You Need to Know About Adopting a Dog in South Africa 

Welcoming a new puppy into your home is quite possibly the best thing ever. But while it might be amazing to watch your new pup discover the new world around it you might also want to consider giving your local pet adoption organisations and shelters a try before visiting a breeder. Chances are you will find an amazing pet with loads of love to give and an extraordinary personality. These adoption centres have loads of dogs of all ages and breeds looking for loving homes. Of course they don’t just give them away for free; you have to meet the requirements and go through an adoption process before bringing your pet home. Here’s what you need to know and consider before adopting a pet.

golden-retriever-750565_1920Ready, steady, go!

The first step in the adopting process is a self interrogation. Whether you are adopting a dog from a shelter or buying one from a breeder you need to make sure your life style will suit the type of dog you are getting. Do you have enough time play with and walk your dog? Is your home big enough for a dog? There are loads of things to consider and it’s best that you evaluate your own lifestyle and space first because a shelter will come and inspect your home and suss out whether or not you are ready for the big responsibility of pet ownership.

adoptingThe best things in life aren’t necessarily free

Shelters do not give dogs away for free, there are in fact costs involved. If you adopt a dog from a shelter such as the SPCA then you will have to pay for a range of medical fees before taking your pooch home. Dogs that are adopted from shelters are usually sterilised to prevent them from either having any unwanted litters. They will also be vaccinated to safeguard them from contracting diseases; they will be de-wormed and dipped and they will also receive some form of identification (either a microchip or a collar bearing an ID disc). As the adoptive parent of the pup you will be expected to pay for these medical fees before you can adopt your pet. But, these costs are not as high as you might think – the SPCA, for example only charges a R450 – R500 adoption fee for pets which is very little when you consider that sterilising a dog at your local veterinarian can cost as much as R1350 and de-worming as much as R350.

veterinarian-577826_1280Doctor, doctor

When adopting a pet there’s always the fear that your new pup won’t be as healthy as a horse. Some breeders are not concerned with the health of their puppies and many new pet owners are left with huge medical expenses after adopting a pooch that is less than healthy. However when adopting from a shelter you are guaranteed to have a healthy dog. Sure there are dogs who are need of a little more loving care but most shelters will always nurse the dog back to health and ensure that the dog is healthy enough to be adopted before being sent to their forever home with their adoptive parents. The SPCA for example only puts healthy dogs up for adoption and will nurse dogs back to health at their own expense should the dog fall ill within seven days of adoption.


dog-1718242_1920Finding the one Most shelters will have kennel facilities where the dogs who are up for adoption can be viewed. But others like, African Tails who use a foster care system ask that that you either visit their adoption days to view the dogs up for adoption or that you view their website for dogs that are available and then contact them to view the dog. Don’t forget that shelters often have a range of dogs of all ages and breeds. Often people move away from adoption because they have their hearts sets on a puppy but many shelters have puppies looking for good homes as well as dogs from a few months old and up.


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It is important that you choose the right shelter or adoption agencies for your needs. Check out their website to see what their policies are and if they resonate with you. Read up on their adoption process and figure out if you are ready for the scrutiny it entails. If you’re looking for a specific breed check out local breed rescue websites and pages such as Pug Rescue, Lab and Golden Retriever Rescue or Husky Rescue South Africa. Once you’ve chosen the shelter you want to support it is time to contact them and view the dogs they have up for adoption. It is important that you don’t rush the process either, if you don’t fall in love with any of the pups and pooches on your first visit give it time and visit them a few times before choosing a dog to adopt. Most shelters will also insist that you visit a few times even after choosing a pup as you will need to bond with it before taking it home. Some great ones to try are the SPCA, African Tails, Pug Rescue, Barking Mad and Ark Animal Puppy Shelter.

dogo-canario-750555_1920The nitty gritty

Once you have fallen in love with a dog and want to take it home you will have to fill out some paper work, invite the shelter over for a home inspection and an interview. Once this process is complete and you have been certified fit to be a parent to a new pooch you can take your dog home and enjoy many, many years with your new best friend.




Listed below are the names of sanctuaries, breed rescues, and those trying to organize adoptions for dogs.


Animal Rescue Team
Our contact details are:
Debbie Erasmus
Jody Stewart
We don’t have a website yet but so have a facebook page … here is the link
Here is a short version on our story
A.R.T. has come into existence out of necessity. We are a pro life non profit organisation. Our aim is to Sterilise, Educate and Rescue. Our dream is to educate so that the need to have animals removed is no longer necessary and to sterilise so that no more unwanted babies end up in shelters, and rescue those that are already unwanted or un-loved.Animal

Action Dog Rescue (Durban)

is a little organisation with a big heart. Our very small but very passionate group of volunteers are dedicated to rehabilitating and rehoming pups and pooches that are abandoned, neglected or abused. If you’d like to give a second chance to an animal very much in need, please visit our website. www.animalaction.org.za

Afgan Hound Rescue

Sue Mitchell -011-805 2701 konpapa@global.co.za

Alaskan Malamute Rescue

Sue or Gina 083 468 1591

Michelle Tel: 072 901 0672 Fax: 086 510 2501z

Animal Welfare Port Elizabeth
Victoria Drive
Port Elizabeth
Tel: 041- 366 1660/1
Fax: 041- 366 1480Website: http://www.animalwelfarepe.co.za
You can contact AWS at:
Tel: +27 (0)41 366 1660/1
Fax:+27 (0)41 366 1480
You can also contact us after hours,
for emergencies only.

Animal anti Cruelty Legue

Epping Contact Details:

P.O. Box 59

90 Bofors Circle
Epping 2
Cape Town

Tel: 021 534 6426/7
Fax: 086 550 0979

Email: aacladoption@absamail.co.za

Bellville Contact Details

Tel: 021 951 3010 & 021 951 5289
Fax: 021 951 3029

Email: aaclbellville@polka.co.za

Website: http://www.aacl.co.za

Animal Welfare Society – Stellenbosch

Devon Valley Road

P.O. Box 90

Tel: 021 886 4901
Fax: 086 545 7083
Emergency Number: 071 169 9922

Email: animalws(at)telkomsa.net
Website: http://www.aws-stb.co.za


CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare)

CLAW provides regular Primary Health Care services for impoverished communities around Johannesburg.www.claw-sa.org

Email: clawsouthafrica@gmail.com

Phone Numbers:

Office: 011 763 1638
Emergency: 082 926 3627
Fax: 011 672 1604


4Paws – Cape

The organisation developed out of pure necessity in trying to rescue and treat animals destined for “death row” in over-crowded shelters or abuse, hunger and suffering on the streets of Cape Town. With many challenges and almost zero funding, the organisation has managed to make many gains in rescuing, supporting and rehabilitating distressed animals.


FORA (Friends of Rescued Animals) – Krugersdorp – Gauteng

Our mission is to rescue as many unwanted, homeless & ill treated “dogs & cats”, and to care for them at our shelter, then to hopefully re-home every animal in our care to loving homes and for the less fortunate to ensure that they have a home for life at FORA. www.fora.org.za

Contact FORA Shelter: 082 336 5568
Roosa Lynch: 072 413 5364
Gaynor Lawrence: 083 700 9330
FORA Shelter: 011 665-9032
FORA Clinic: 011 665-9033
Email: info@fora.org.za

Fax: 086 633 0282

Physical Address
1a Windsor Road, Luipaardsvlei, Krugersdorp
GPS S2607.313 E02747.388


Karoo Animal Protection Society

Klipfontein Farm, Barrydale
P.O. Box 134
Tel: (028) 572 1717
Fax: (028) 572 1717 or or 028 551 1261
Cell: 072 277 1056

E-mail: info@kaps.org.za
Website: http://www.kaps.org.za


Pug Rescue
Cheryl Gaw – President Pugs H(e)aven
80/1 Nielsen Road
Benoni North Argicultural Holdings Benoni Gauteng South Africa

086 660 2215 / 082 449 2644

PETS (Pet Empowerment in Townships) – Western Cape

PETS strives to empower animals in townships and poor communities. We work with the community to improve the lives of these disadvantaged animals by giving them daily meals, warm shelters, regular inoculations, sterilisations and vet care in emergencies. We also rehome those ones that are unwanted, unloved or lost. PETS is run by a group of members that work full time and put every spare minute into helping animals. We are wholly indebted to all our wonderful foster families, volunteers and supporters; without their support only a small amount of what we do today would be possible. PETS is a registered, non-profit, pro-active, pro-life animal rescue organization. www.pets.org.za

Anoux Massey – anoux@pets.org.za,  076 872 7071
Karyn Scriven – karyn@pets.org.za,  072 040 5484

Adoptions – adoptions@pets.org.za
Foster – foster@pets.org.za
Volunteers – volunteers@pet.org.za
Feral and Stray Cat Division – ferals@pet.org.za
PAD (Pets at Dassenberg) – pad@pets.org.za
Hall of Fame – halloffame@pets.org.za
Sales – sales@pets.org.za

If you see a dog in distress call the AACL inspectorate emergency 24 hour hot-line on +(0)734042435 073

Should you see a dead animal call the 24-hour hot-line on
(021) 9574700 and they will arrange removal

Puppy Haven – Gauteng

Kitty & Puppy Haven is a rescue and rehabilitation centre, based in Johannesburg South Africa, that takes in injured, abandoned, traumatised or abused dogs, puppies, kittens and cats. Upon arrival animals receive veterinary treatment for any illnesses, and they are vaccinated, dewormed and sterilised. Once healthy – both mentally and physically – the animals are adopted out into loving homes. Kitty & Puppy Haven is a no-kill organisation. Visit our website for further information www.puppyhaven.co.za


Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre
Uitsig Farm
Cape Town
Western Cape
South AfricaHeidi +(0)83-704-9700
email: heidi.uitsig@gmail.com
Candy +(0)83-289-7803
email: candy.uitsig@gmail.com
Denay +(0)76-224-2207
email: denay.uitsig@gmail.com


Barking Mad – Gauteng.

When you adopt a dog you are pawsitively saving a life. Sharing your life with an animal companion is a life enriching experience. There are so many abandoned animals that are desperately in need of a loving and forever home. Find the perfect dog for you as you take a look at all these available dogs looking to become a part of your family. www.barkingmad.co.za

Our contact numbers are:

General Enquiries -Elanza: elanza@barkingmad.co.za – 076 044 1979

ADDRESS:  22 Summit Road, Midrand

You can also email us:
Lindy: lindyjane@barkingmad.co.za – volunteering
Candy: candy@barkingmad.co.za

To add an animal to the website Adopt a DogtownSA dog: adoptions@barkingmad.co.za – (071) 906-3700

Technical problems: technical@barkingmad.co.za

Website query: network@barkingmad.co.za

For enquiries about animals seen on the website Behaviour and training: dogonthecouch@telkomsa.net

For all your doggies training and behavioural needs Fundraising: fundraising@barkingmad.co.za – Fund raising events

Bearded Collie Rescue

Contact: Eileen Ashton 011 849 2969 or 082 551 5282 eileen.ashton@vodamail.co.za

Border Collie Rescue – Gauteng and Cape

mwmoz@mweb.co.za, kaybcr@gmail.com
For more information contact:
Irene Thompson, telephone number: 0824129969 or
Julie Morris on mwmoz@mweb.co.za and (c) 082-887-9668 or (011) 395 2259
Karen Grey on kaybcr@gmail.com and (011) 452 7769

Borzoi Rescue

Contact: Barbara Long, telephone number 011 979 3255, cell 082 709 7695. or email, bacaret@mweb.co.za

Boxer Rescue

Contact – Nicky Swart – Tel/F – (011) 768 3688Cell – 082 494 8608 Email – nicky@camwax.co.za

Natal Boxer Rescue – Ann 031 766 0035
Gauteng Boxer Rescue – Erna/Lisa 082 749 3275

Bullmastiff Club of Southern Africa Rescue:

Ronel de Jongh secretary@bullmastiffclubsa.co.za This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel 012 4604762

Boerboel Rescue

retha@dogtrainingcentre.co.za This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Rescue,rehoming,and rehabilitation of Boerboels 073 252 8785



Is a pro-life, non-profit organisation that rescues, cares for and re-homes abused, neglected and abandoned cats and dogs. It is our vision to be a leading example of animal sheltering in South Africa. www.darg.org.za
Call us: (021) 790 0383 or (021) 790 2050
Email us: info@darg.org.za


Hartbeespoort Animal Welfare
Margaret Rushton – 076 455 0322Website: http://www.haws.co.za

Husky Rescue – Gauteng, Pretoria, Durban, Witbank, Cape

Husky Rescue Southern Africa is a non-profit organisation that specialises in the rescue and re-homing of huskies and other Nordic breeds of dogs.We’re a group of passionate volunteers who dedicate as much time as our busy lives possibly allow to the safe rescue, rehabilitation, fostering and re-homing of these dogs. www.huskyrescue.org.za

Happy Yappers Animal Sanctuary

A pro-life sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals – mainly dogs. The animals get fresh food, water and shelter and lots of love everyday. It is run by Gay Freeborough. For information on the sanctuary, please contact Milly Lipschitz 0826864445


Neapolitan Mastiff Rescue

Contact: Johan & Linda Janse van Rensburg, +(0)72 650 2726 or +(0) 72 580 2895  picasso@vodamail.co.za


Ridgeback Rescue Facebook page


Office, Kennels and Cattery: (+(0)21 785 4482
Emergencies: +(0)83 651 6343
Fax: (021) 785 4354
Email: tears(at)tears.org.za
Website: http://www.tears.org.za

Township Animal Rescue
Jillian Cunningham
Tel: +(0) 21 855 1824
Cell: +(0)84 423 5991
Vanessa Cunningham
Email: mikecu(at)mweb.co.za
Website: http://www.townshipanimalrescue.co.za


Cell: +(0)82 824 3378
E-mail: wolfshaven(at)mweb.co.za
Website: http://www.wolfshaven.za.org

WET NOSE Animal Rescue Centre – Vaalbank

The Wet Nose Animal Rescue Centre is a registered ‘right to life’ animal sanctuary that is involved in the rehabilitation and re-homing of abused, unwanted and neglected animals.


E-mail: Wetnose.admin@absamail.co.za
Switchboard:( 013) 932-3941/2
Use when switchboard is busy: (013)- 932-3946
Alternate Numbers: +(0)82 677 8084
OR +(0)82 337 6326

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