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.
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 BUTCHERGENERAL MANAGER
Jesse Doorasamy has been a member of the SAID Committee since mid-2015 and was elected Chairman of SAID since mid-2017.
He has a background in Human Resources and adds value to the Society by ensuring strong co-operate governance, strategic oversight and provides Human Resources support to the team at SAID.
Jesse is passionate about animal welfare and is a firm supporter of The Society's mandate to make a difference in disadvantaged people's and animal's lives.
Sharry's journey began at The Society for Animals in Distress in 1999, as a volunteer, fundraiser, and board member ever since. Her personal mantra is to make a difference in someone's life every day, no matter how big or small.
Having grown up in the rural town of Tzaneen, SAID, whose mandate as a welfare provider driving access to veterinary care for animals in disadvantaged communities, just felt right. Their dedication to the animals, as well as educating the community is inspiring and she is grateful to be a part of this organization.
SHARON BANNERSECRETARY AND HONORARY BOARD MEMBER
Chairman and CEO of the Billion Child Foundation, proud SAID Committee Member since 2020.
ALAN WHITAKERCOMMITTEE MEMBER
Andrew joined the Society as Treasurer in mid-2019.
Andrew is an Associate Member of CIMA and Professional Accountant (SA) with extensive experience in corporate finance management and strategy.
These experiences contribute to strategy, financial management and internal control oversight which ensure accuracy and transparency in financial reporting.
Andrew is a family man and animal lover, dedicated to the upliftment of animals and people in impoverished communities and honoured to work alongside the heroes at the Society.
ANDREW FAIRLIEACMA CGMA TREASURER
Dr Bronwyn Prytz completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pretoria in 2009, the field of Bio-Medical Science. She has been in private practice for over 10 years and in that time completed her Honours degree in small animal surgery. Her special interests include soft tissue surgery and trauma.
Dr Prytz and her husband, Pete, have a daughter, Amelia, plus furry family members, dogs Vodka, Jess, Epic, Fable, Rogan and Presto, cats Cairo, Bill and a flock of chickens.
“I cherish the opportunity to make a difference in the poorer communities and I feel so fortunate to have been given the chance to do something that I am passionate about.”
DR. BRONWYN PRYTZVET
Keamogetswe Konzane, completed her BSc in Animal Health at the North-West University, Mafikeng in 2014. She joined The Society for Animals in Distress immediately after graduation then successfully completed the 1 Year Para-veterinary Mentorship Programme.
In 2016, Kea progressed to Senior Para-veterinary Professional and in 2019, promoted to Hospital Manager of the Small Animal Veterinary Hospital. Her special interests are Small Animal intensive care, clinical analysis and veterinary community education. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, reading, visiting the local theatre and live music events with her husband, Tiisetso. Their rescue dog, Raven, a part of the family. Keamogetswe contributes to many social responsibility ventures in her communities of Mabopane and Soshanguve in Pretoria.
``I have seen what an empowered person can do for their animals, education is great tool to ensure better animal care.``
KEAMOGETSWE KONZANEVETERINARY HOSPITAL MANAGER
Sr. Marizda Kruger completed her studies as Veterinary Nurse at Onderstepoort veterinary faculty in 1996. She has worked within the various sectors within Animal Welfare for over 20 years. Her special interests include Equine medicine, community veterinary engagements and law enforcement. Sr. Kruger’s 8-year-old son, Zander shares her deep love for animals.
“I am a solution finder! Within animal welfare there are always more questions than answers, it is my firm belief that you can ALWAYS do something to improve the situation that an animal finds itself in.”
SR. MARIZDA KRUGEREQUINE MANAGER AND WELFARE MANAGER
THE SOCIETY TEAM
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Today the charming men from The Society for Animals in Distress arrived to fetch some pre-loved furniture from my home. I feel bad because I didn't get their names - PLEASE convey my thanks to them. What a pleasure - from my first call to Memory, to the follow-up calls I received today about the ETA, to the removal of the furniture. I am the richer for knowing that this incredible organisation exists!
We appreciate this opportunity so much, it’s made our jobs at Tranquillity so much easier, we are always trying to fundraise for our sterilization costs and you made it possible for us to do all the animals in our care that were unneutered. Let’s hope that once this lockdown is over, we can get them all adopted and starting their new lives.
SANDY HARVEYTRANQUILITY RESCUE CENTRE
I would like to express my gratitude on the excellent service I received when my cat was admitted at your facility on the 5th October 2020.
When I called to find out how my cat was doing I got positive, detailed feedback. I have been using your services since 2014 whenever my cat is not well and on all occasions, I was always happy with your services. I know when my cat is admitted at your facilities she is in good hands.
Even the driver who brought her back home is very friendly and patient he knows how to work with people. I didn't get his name please convey my gratitude to him as well.
I absolutely love SAID’s ethos and would like to support their efforts during lockdown.
KIRSTEN VAN ROOYENOWNER - SO SORTED
The quality of welfare veterinary care is very high, I worked there for practical experience when I obtained my BVSc Veterinary Science degree and offer my voluntary vet services for sterilization outreaches.
DR ELIZNA BOAGAFRIVET
Thank you very much for the tour - you and your team are doing such incredible work!
SUSAN FEWSTERMARY OPPENHEIMER DAUGHTERS
May I take this opportunity to commend you all for the great work you are doing of extending care to animals. It takes a very special person to work with animals and each of you is that special person. Many animal lovers are proud of you and appreciate your contribution to society. Keep up the excellent work on the beloved animals.
Dearest angels. At a time like this, it is heartening to see how many animals have been sterilised, and that food parcels are being delivered to the poor.
It saddens me that due to no fault of their own, animals suffer hugely thanks to humans. But it is wonderful that God has blessed you with caring hearts to go beyond your safety to care for our four legged friends. Thank you and bless you all greatly!
Many thanks for the tour - it was great to see the good work that you and SAID do. I was very impressed!
NATALIE DAGNINMARY SLACK & DAUGHTERS FOUNDATION
I just wanted to thank you for making the facility available for the four of us on Friday. It is always a pleasure to visit SAID and Friday was no exception.
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