VISION

The Society's vision is to drive access to veterinary care for animals in financially compromised circumstances. Our programs, focus activities and methods are geared for sustainability and country wide sector organisational application.

MISSION

Our mission, in the professional veterinary care of animals, is to engender community mobilisation and reciprocal knowledge, skills and actions that yield foundational impoverished community collaboration.

CORE VALUES

Professional excellence, Transparent governance, Accountable and Valued service provision, Respect for the dignity of others.

OTHER

The Society for Animals in Distress' veterinary care is governed by the South African Veterinary Council. We are a non-profit organisation with full public benefit registration.

SUSTAINABILITY

Green Infrastructure and practises
Social Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation
City Development in Previously Categorised Rural/Township Areas
Sound Business Model

SAID ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

EDUCATION

Education is the cornerstone of The Society’s approach. Poverty has a huge impact in the communities that our mobile units serve and it is only through educating people about animal care and backing up this education with accessible veterinary services, that we are able to make a meaningful and sustainable impact in the lives of animals and their owners.

PROFESSIONAL VETERINARY CARE

The Society’s facility in Midrand comprises a state of the art hospital where a Senior Veterinarian, para-veterinary professionals and support staff provide the highest standard of veterinary care, internal outreach programs and the mentorship of para-veterinary graduates. The facility incorporates 203 fit for purpose kennels, an equine care centre, paddocking for herd animals and equine, administration offices and storage facilities.

ELIGIBILITY TO RECEIVE VETERINARY SERVICES

Persons earning low to no income are welcome to make use of The Society’s hospital services. All persons who have previously used a private veterinary clinic must produce a referral letter from the veterinarian of that practise. This referral letter will enable us to access the veterinary records critical to the patients care.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Ruth Butcher joined the SAID Committee in December 2020 and brings with her a passion for animal welfare and community development. She has a diverse background in environmental management, logistics and the non-profit sector. In July 2021, she joined SAID as the new General Manager.

She is focussed on helping the disadvantaged and wants to be part of the change that South Africa so desperately needs.

RUTH BUTCHER
GENERAL MANAGER

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

VETERINARY LEADERSHIP

THE SOCIETY TEAM

OUTREACH

Vaccination of patients

100%

Outreach Sterilization Impact 2020

396

Patient sterilizations

100%

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