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 – Everyday Hero

Ansome Pitzer Ansome is a third year Equine Science student that has been show jumping for 17 years. Weekly, she dedicates hours of her time to The Society and its beautiful Diamonds. Her confidence, caring touch and horse whispers of encouragement brings out the very best in each animal. Striker, one of the ponies that she has been schooling, she describes as ‘no fuss’. Ansome is constantly astounded that the coal yard diamonds are far more trusting, far less jittery and definitely not stubborn considering the environment they came from. Thanks to SAID’s care and Ansome’s tender touch, Striker has been homed – Devotion, the gift that keeps on...

SAID Newsletter May 2017 – Manager’s Update

The end of our financial year has been completed and as always it lends itself to deep reflection. In corporate terms we would be able to declare a dividend and the shareholders would be expectant of a profitable return on their investment. Your investment into The Society is no different to any other investment and the profits are reflected in the amount of animal care we could achieve. So here is our 2017 annual report: The communities we serve were able to contribute to the care of their animals in the amount of R220,776.00 The number of voluntary sterilisations achieved – 2408 The number of sterilisations achieved in a period of 10 days – 722 The number of purely educational stops in one day – 102 The percentage of all treatments where euthanise was unavoidable – 0 .54% Undoubtedly our Steynsrus outreach is a magnificent highpoint for 2017 and will continue to be one until we have completely secured all 3000 animals in this small farming town. Being an isolated and contained area, the work that we are doing there will ensure a safe animal population for a period of 5 to 7 years. There is a journey ahead of us and many bridges to cross but 2017 will always be remembered as the year we began the change for a population of 9000 people and 3000 animals. The costs of good care and service was tremendously high, our income was bolstered with love and our profit margin – priceless. Thank you for being our shareholders, our cheerleaders and our support, we are indebted to...

SAID Newsletter May 2017 – Books

Please call us for any PRE-LOVED books you may want to donate and we will collect. The book sales are growing from strength to strength and require constant stocking. If you have books that we can sell, you will be turning a good read into a good deed. If you’re an avid reader – join us on last Saturday of every month in The Zone @ Rosebank, next to Clicks. Grab a Starbucks Coffee or a Crispy Cream and get a good read! We’ve got all genres and will happily look out for your desired...
“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

Pre-Loved Goods Donations, Collections & Deliveries

(e) office@animalsindistress.org.za

(c) 078 120 9645

Media, Corporate & Events

(e) fundraiser@animalsindistress.org.za

(c) 083 640 8824

Database Queries

(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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