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.

Our future strategies and aspirations are grounded in the development and capacitation of the animal welfare sector, the prevention of donor funding dilution and the securing of effective impact to combat the dire lack of veterinary service for poor communities and their animals.

The incorporation of our mentorship program and the preparation for a social entrepreneurship incubation model provides pre and post-graduate para-veterinary practical mentorship, skills development, increased employment scope and opportunities for black-owned enterprises.

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.

SUSTAINABILITY

Green Infrastructure and practises
Social Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation
City Development in Previously Categorised Rural/Township Areas
Sound Business Model
Increasing Access to Primary Veterinary Care
Increasing Employment Scope for Mentored Graduates
Employment Incubator for Mentored Graduates
Increased Employment Opportunities for Layperson Support Staff
Diverse Market Expansion
Increasing Sustainable Income Revenues

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. As an animal welfare organisation, we fall under the Department of Agriculture.

Our professional veterinary care is supported with experienced surgical and medical veterinarians and para-veterinarians that are mentored to achieve excellence in their respective disciplines.

All persons requiring veterinary service from our facility are required to adhere to the legal means test obligations of the South African Veterinary Council. All animals receiving our veterinary services will be sterilised before discharge from our hospital.

All our rendered services are valued to accommodate varying income brackets and the dignity of our clients. We promote animal ownership responsibilities and educate on-site good practise that accommodates individual circumstances. Qualifying or referral clients outside of our operational areas are welcome to bring their animals to our facility for affordable veterinary care.

PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS

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COAL YARD PROJECT

Established in 2004, this project was intended to secure the health and wellbeing of equine in the Tembisa area of Ekurhuleni and Ivory Park, Johannesburg. The success of this project included the reduction of 360 working equine to sum 30 equine in 2020.

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DIAMONDS FROM DUST PROJECT

With the decline of working equine from the Coal yard Project, the surrender of animals birthed the need to ensure that these equine...

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EQUINE SERVICE UNIT (ESU)

This unit specialises in assisting owners and animal welfare organisations with information and education, to improve the welfare of...

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ANIMAL HEALTH TECHNICIAN MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Our Animal Health Technician Mentorship Program advocates for and mentors para veterinary graduates as primary veterinary health service providers...

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SUPPORTING OUR SECTOR

The Society’s collaboration and services to support their sector and other animal sanctuaries extends the value of donor funding.

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CURRENT CAMPAIGNS

Marchig 150 Animal Sterilisation Campaign

This campaign for the month of November 2020 has been generously sponsored by The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust.

Our target area for this campaign is Diepsloot Extension 1 a vast area of informal dwellings.
The average income per family, is desperately below the breadline.

Our gratitude to The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust, for their investment into the stabilisation of animal care in this area, is immense.

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