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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SAID Newsletter May 2017 – Thank You

You have all been vital agents in making a difference in the lives of so many animals. To ALL our supporters, Thank You!   SARAUW Trust Ad Outpost Aerial Concepts Alistair Marshall Andrew Aon Benfield BB Cement Bellcan Trucking Bene Water Beth Babbin and Wetnose Bev Levithan Blendwell Chemicals Brando Smit Bravecto/MSD Bryanston Library Bryanston Veterinary Hospital BUCO Honeydew Budget Branding Builder’s Warehouse Edenvale Builder’s Warehouse Rivonia Camargue Caxton Cipla Vet Cowan Signs CPI Engineering Serv Craighall Vet David Polliack Charity Trust Different.org Dischem Dainfern Dischem Fourways EuropCar Fincom FirstRand FNB Credit card Division FNB Volunteers FNB Volunteer’s Market Fourways Vet Giantlight (PTY) LTD Groenvoer Group Five Hatch Hatch Hermann Ohlthaver Highbrook Retirement Home Hill’s Pet Nutrition Hobday Equestrian Enterprise – HEE Hollard Human Toolbox Impact Promotional Industrial Centre CC International Women’s Club Irwin’s Animal Rescue Irwin’s Animal Rescue J & N Embroidery JDR Information Technology Solutions JJ Cale Just Letting Properties Just There Publications K9 Training Kyalami Riders Kyron Laboratories Lakato Lantrust Charitable Trust LSD Information Technology Ludwig Roses MarketSA Mary Nash Memorial Trust Mary Oppenheimer and Daughters Foundation Master Plumbers Mazies Plastics MEDFORD MIDCOMP Midfeeds Mix FM Radio MixFM Mones Michael Trust MySchool Nilfisk Northrand Animal Clinic Norwood Pick ‘n Pay NRG Sunninghill Octagon Chartered Accountants Pat’s Autobody Pick N Pay Pick n Pay Distribution Centre Poker School Remmington Poplar Academy Prac’s Supreme Services Process Automat Reichmans Richmark Holdings (Pty) Ltd Royal Canin SAINTS Animal Charity Saints Charity Shop Sandton Library Sandy Saddlery Sanele Fukutwayo Servest Servest Services SPAR – Hobart, Carlswald,Crowthorne, Broadacres, Dowerglen, Pineslopes St Stithians Girls Preparatrory St Stithians Junior Preparatory Stafford Bros & Draeger...

SAID Newsletter May 2017 – Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events Amberley Open Day Join us at one of favourite annual events, the Amberley Open Day. Set in a beautiful garden, tempted by delicious cakes and homemade meals, you will find your outing brimming with worthwhile stalls selling unique products at really reasonable prices. In support of the Salvation Army and Animals in Distress, Cathy has crafted a wonderful event over the years. Come join us, we will be there to welcome you! 26th and 27th of...

SAID Newsletter May 2017 – Steynsrus

Steynsrus We’ve visited Steynsrus for a second time this year in our efforts to contain and stabilise the dog population in this impoverished town. We completed a further 422 sterilisations in March bringing the total to 722 of 3000 dogs. The impetus of this last outreach engaged local vets from Kroonstad which is of crucial importance to the ongoing success and securing of the animal environment in Steynsrus. Two weeks of extreme circumstances were to say the least, gruelling, and yet, the camaraderie, passion and realisation that the greater SAID team and resources were behind these brave 18 members saw them planning the next stage on the way home. The work that is being done in Steynsrus, and at SAID, is of paramount importance to the future of our training and mentorship contribution to access to veterinary care in our country. The vision of a contained animal community within an educated environment that has access to the care they deserve will always be our objective. Our next trip is scheduled for 08 – 12 May where we will be visiting each and every home over the course of one week to educate, empower and bring real hope and real change. We will continue this educating and empowering while training and preparing a professional to remain there and offer basic care while liaising with local vets and the community. By adding your support in the following ways, you will be ensuring the success and replication of outreaches like this: Medium sized dog collars with a buckle (fabric/leather) Nutritious food (dry puppy food is always best) Dog blankets Dog bowls Dog...
“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

Animal Emergencies
083 640 8825

Animal Related Enquiries
011 466 0261


General, Financial Donations, Promotions & Volunteers

(e) animals@animalsindistress.org.za

(c) 083 643 9480

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(e) office@animalsindistress.org.za

(c) 078 120 9645

Media, Corporate & Events

(e) fundraiser@animalsindistress.org.za

(c) 083 640 8824

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(e) aid@animalsindistress.org.za

(c) 078 458 9143


The Society For Animals In Distress

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Moerdyk Street
Vorna Valley
South Africa


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