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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Steynsrus Outreach

Steynsrus Outreach

It was also our privilege to be able to extend our care and services to the impoverished, small farming community of Steynsrus in the Free State. The initial outreach saw 300 of 3000 dogs sterilised in one week. The impact of seeing an entire community pull together encapsulated the magnitude of what can happen when people work together for the common good. We return for a second outreach this month to grow our impact to 1000 animals using a team of 24 people over 5 days....
SAID on the job

SAID on the job

Education interactions are defined as the number of stops we do to purely educate people in the community where treatment is not required. Currently, 22 978 education stops are carried out and this equates to 574 education stops per Animal Health Technician per month. Stops like these go a long way in establishing trust relationship and preventative actions. Growing monetary contributions, from meagre incomes, is a definite indicator of an increasing spirit of gratitude and respect for our care, and commitment to animals. In 2016 the income from the community exceeded our total fuel costs....
Diamonds from Dust

Diamonds from Dust

2016 also saw an exciting extension programme of the Coal Yard Project, “Diamonds from Dust”. Horses that have been willingly surrendered to us from coal yard owners in Tembisa (hence the play on words with ‘Diamonds’)are being groomed, schooled and ultimately fostered into a life of care and purpose. To date a quarter of the ponies have been successfully placed. One of the most touching stories was a pony, Machine, being placed with “Riding for the Disabled”. This 15 year old pony may have endured his time in the coal yard, but his loyal nature continues to help those that can only experience walking on horseback. Machine now lives in a home filled with love, growth and happiness....
“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

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“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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