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.
Vaccination of patients
Outreach Sterilization Impact 2020
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Heather Robertson is the leader of The Society for Animals in Distress, her dedication and focus on capacitating and driving access to veterinary care is her passion.
Serving the Society, she has ensured thorough corporate governance, creating team cohesion and growth opportunities while spearheading the development of the Midrand facility for generations to come.
Heather is a team player and her innovative leadership nurtures the talents of her team.
Starting out at a very young age as a volunteer at an animal welfare organisation, the desire to engage her skills in the interests of animals continues to be the fire in her belly.
HEATHER ROBERTSONEXECUTIVE GENERAL MANAGER
OUR PROFESSIONAL HOSPITAL VETERINARY LEADERSHIP
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
Dr Alison Thysse grew up in Waterfall, Kwa Zulu Natal and attended Onderstepoort faculty of veterinary science at the University of Pretoria where she received her BVSc in 2005.
Alison did her post graduate certificate in education and went on to teach for a few years to have more time with her two young daughters. She worked in Mixed practice in Zululand, Northern KwaZulu Natal before moving up to Johannesburg when she got married.
Dr Thysse has a special interest in equine and companion animal acupuncture and herbal medicine.
``I completed my certification in acupuncture through the Chi Institute and can now do something I'm passionate about every day with the added benefit of a holistic and complimentary approach for all my patients.``
DR. ALISON THYSSE (Van Gils)VOLUNTEER VET
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 FULL SOCIETY TEAM
NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2020
Over the last two months we have quietly weathered Januworry and Febstressuworry. Although our weight loss caused by ‘dreaded worries’ has been most welcome after Christmas pudding, we remain positive and hard at work ensuring that your donations are diligently employed into the animals we care for.
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.