We provide professional

welfare veterinary care to

animals from indigent


Established in 1958, SAID provides professional veterinary care that is built on a foundation of focused animal care education within marginalised communities. Our operational methods are geared towards sustainability which is illustrated by our commitment to community based skills and business development.

What we do

The Society for Animals in Distress provides professional veterinary care that is built on a foundation of focussed animal care education within marginalised communities.

Our formal education programme, launched in 2003, is welcomed in all primary schools within the areas of our operations and is embraced by over 14 000 children per annum. Coupled with the education programme our para-veterinarians deliver peer education to every client. It is estimated that each schoolchild impacts 6 adults with their learning experiences while our peer educators engage with a minimum of 40 adults per day. The reinforcement of animal care education within community homes has seen a marked decline in the common conditions found in animals that are related to poverty. Early identification of illness or notification of animals in distress by the community has significantly reduced rehabilitation costs. Growing human awareness of animal needs and the accessibility of our services ensure that preventative primary veterinary care is sought after and accepted as essential to improved community health. Learning to love, feed, clean and care for an animal and accepting responsibility starts at a young age.
The Society for Animals in Distress provides professional veterinary care overseen by employed veterinarians, veterinary nurses and animal health technicians. We are an organisation mandated to serve the indigent and are accountable for these services to the South African Veterinary Council. Patients receive primary veterinary care from our mobile units which are manned by para-veterinarians. These units service our operational areas daily while severe cases are brought back and admitted to our hospital.
Our mobile unit work within communities provides primary veterinary care; namely, de-worming, vaccinations, tick and flea control and first aid where possible.  This engagement with the communities we serve, initiates a life-long relationship made sustainable through owner responsibility and trust. The value of this relationship investment can be seen in the improved health and well-being of the animals we are privileged to serve. Our hospital treatments cover a spectrum of veterinary procedures that include orthopaedic surgery among others.


SAID service make up

  • Education 100%
  • Professional veterinary care 100%
  • Commitment to provide treatments 100%

Acre fully owned property


Less than 1% euthanised

Patient days

Kilometers travelled


On-site peer education

Sterilisations per year

Treatments per year


Mobile preventative care

Surgery hours



Pets returned to owners

Grade 2 pupils received formal animal care education

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World Animal Day – Dog Jog, Walk & Run

World Animal Day – Dog Jog, Walk & Run

Fun in the sun at our annual Dog Jog, Walk & Run. On Sunday, 4th October 2015 – World Animal Day – we held our annual Dog Jog, Walk & Run event at SAID. We had great support with nearly 300 two-legged participants and 200 four-legged participants. The most number of dogs we’ve ever had at the event and we loved every moment. The Royal Canin watering points were a hit with our furry friends as they splashed about in the cool water baths and slurped from the many bowls of fresh water available. A variety of munchies and goodies were provided for all participants throughout the day. Pancakes, ice cream, specialist coffee and cake, egg and bacon rolls washed down with an ice cold coke; nothing better on a beautiful summer’s day. We would like to thank all our sponsors. Your help and support at the event and for The Society is much appreciated and we look forward to future collaborations. Our sponsors: Run/ Walk for Life Royal Canin MSD – Bravecto International SOS & Partners (EMS on the day) Knickerbocker Ice Cream company Bill Graceful – Live entertainment and fantastic as always. (Catch them at our Carols By Candlelight event on 21st November) Mix FM – OB and very much appreciated Just Water Shannon – making coffees and cappuccino’s with a little chocolate brownie (yum!) Keller Williams DA Ward Councillor – Candice...

AGM Notice and Invitation

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING  The Annual General Meeting of The Society for Animals in Distress is to be held at 15h00 on Wednesday the 04th November 2015, at 25A Fife Avenue, Riepen Park, to conduct the following business : AGENDA Reading of Notice of Meeting. Apologies. Approval and Signing of the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 28th November, 2014. Chairman’s Report. Treasurer’s Report. Property Update Tembisa veterinary consulting room update Election of Auditors. Election of Committee Members for ensuing year. Any other business, or that of a motion to be placed before the Meeting by Members in good standing. Members in good standing may : Nominate another Member in good standing as their proxy to vote on their behalf by printing their own name and that of the nominee, duly signing and dating the nomination; Nominate a Member for election to The Committee. AGM PROXY 2015 Contact our Executive General Manager for RSVP and Queries: Mrs H M Muller PO Box 11555 Vorna Valley 1686   Telephone : 083 640 8822 or 011-466-0261 Fax : 086 628 7663 E-mail : manager@animalsindistress.org.za            ...


SAID Working for the Greater-Good On the 17th July, Your Society proudly hosted a farrier workshop with the generous assistance and sponsorship of our donor, Sam Moss. Professional farriers Eamonn Harrington and Karen Badenhorst magnanimously gave of their time and skill to World Horse Welfare trained farriers from the Highveld Horse Care Unit, NSPCA and our in-house Coal Yard Project farrier, Mxolisi Zulu. “Being very aware of the need to continue developing skills and the ongoing empowerment…” Being very aware of the need to continue developing skills and the ongoing empowerment of the men who have employed their knowledge to create their income, we were truly blessed to see the attention and hunger for more learning that they displayed throughout the day. Eamonn spoke passionately about his work in Ireland and being part of an organisation that monitors and manages the well-being of over 700 donkeys from rural parts of Ireland. Our Coal Yard Programme engages with 14 coal-yard owners and their 120 charges, a vast reduction from the over 350 equine we first encountered in 2004 “The simple underlying commentary from Eamonn was that a donkey is different from a horse and that shoeing these animals in the same way is a mistake commonly made.” The simple underlying commentary from Eamonn was that a donkey is different from a horse and that shoeing these animals in the same way is a mistake commonly made. This gives the perfect opportunity to refer to our own special boy, Chocolit, a large dark brown donkey, who was born on our farm in January 2005. Chocolit has “boxy” feet and Eamonn used...
“The new buildings are really awesome and S.A.I.D can be truly proud of all it has achieved. We have been inspired and will do everything possible to make this year a successful one!” Ray and Maria Stradi

Mopsy and Shiloh

“I have no words for my experience and hoping I make difference in their lives. All I have to offer is TLC. I am really enjoying my new work (volunteering) and wanted to thank you for giving me the opportunity. Debbie and all the staff have been fantastic to work with. Very Kind soul’s.” Rajesh Dullabh

Director, BI and Analytics - Gaming

“I cannot tell you how impressed I was with what you have achieved at SAID. The incredibly impressive buildings and set up speak for themselves, but I was equally blown away by your ethos and approach. I look at all the animal welfare charities with new eyes now. If you can achieve so much through education, then they all should find it possible.” Don


“Thank you to all of you for your selfless dedication to our special furry friends who can’t do it for themselves, you make an amazing difference in their lives!” Rose Newman

“Many of the children remembered a lot from the first lesson and were excited to answer questions posted by both Martin, Happy’s handler and the Education Officer, Candi. The teachers seemed to really enjoy the lesson as well and one even joined in the hurdle jumping fun with the children. They remarked that they were looking forward to us coming back next year for yet another lesson and that this program is one of the most beneficial outside of the school curriculum.” BONWELONG PRIMARY SCHOOL


Contact us

Telephone: 011 466 0261 General and donation enquiries

  • animals@animalsindistress.org.za
  • 083 643 9480

Media and Corporate enquiries

  • aid@animalsindistress.org.za
  • 078 458 9143

Promotions, Events and Volunteer Enquiries

  • fundraiser@animalsindistress.org.za
  • 083 640 8824


The Society For Animals In Distress

The Paddocks Plot 20,
Moerdyk Street
Vorna Valley
South Africa


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