As we continue to rely on the services provided by healthy natural systems, which necessarily include animals because they affect critical issues such as food security, employment, public health and climate mitigation, the critical relationship between humans and nature remains fundamental.

Key areas of opportunities in which companies can foster long-term value in support of their sustainable development goal priorities and targets.


The Society for Animals in Distress Equine Support Unit (ESU) in the case of working animals (e.g. Horses and Donkeys), improved welfare contributes to increasing transport and carrying capacity, so promoting income.

The Equine Support Unit in the case of draft animals contributes to increasing agricultural production.

Human and Animal well-being, based on a 2017 study conducted by Boomerang Africa

  • 67% children consider pets to be their best friend
  • 72% South African families laugh at least once a day because of something their pet does.
  • 59% parents let their kids watch content featuring animals since it educates them about nature
  • 41% it informs about emotions
  • 21% it tends to be about safer topics.
  • 82% parents and kids take photos or videos of their pets at least once a week, popular animal content online and across social media platforms.

According to Centres for Disease Control and Prevention studies have shown companion animal ownership and physical-psychosocial well-being. Good health, the Society’s governance, referring to the structures, rules, processes, veterinary hospital capabilities, information networks, and response interventions that are used to organize ourselves to prevent, prepare for, and respond to human and animal health threats. Mass sterilisation outreaches reduce the population and create a stable community of healthy animals.

AHT Mentorship Programme Target: to by 2030, substantially increase the number of youths with relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs, and micro-enterprise for animal health.

17 para veterinary professionals completed mentorships and employed to date.

The Society for Animals in Distress role is as an education resource to sustainable communities, benefitting South African communities at large.

The School Humane Education Programme, educating children about animals can improve empathy and reduce interpersonal violence.

Children in the changing demographics of South Africa are the next generation of consumers (Embracing Generation Z) who can create a market for enhanced animal welfare services and products.

Our actions make a direct contribution to protecting the livelihoods of thousands of poor families by limiting losses from animal diseases.

AHT Mentorship Programme builds veterinary Agricultural livelihoods in service of local communities.

Animal welfare incentives can improve employee job satisfaction i.e. CSI Project and Employee volunteering programmes Working with animals or having pets at the workplace can enhance the working environment.

Infrastructure development – national employment of AHT veterinary extension services to assist private vets, animal welfare services and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, as a construction of foundational services to stimulate economic growth and quality of life improvement.

Sharing of veterinary services can reduce inequalities in animal disease control.

Outreach Vaccination and Sterilisation Programmes prevent cases of disease in animals transmittable to people and protect livelihoods.

The Society’s programmes and campaigns ensure equitable access to affordable veterinary care in poor communities.

AHT mobile units centre their veterinary service and humane education to retain the animal within the responsible animal owner’s family domain to ensure sustainable animal health and ownership.

The Society for Animals in Distress facility and farm geographically situated in the city improves possibilities for education about animals through community service and volunteering programmes.

The health of our planet also plays an important role in the emergence of zoonotic diseases, that are transmissible between animals and humans.

As humans in ever-greater contact with animals, enabling pathogens in domestic animals can spill over to livestock and humans, increasing the risk of disease emergence and amplification.

Companion animals (cats and dogs) in impoverished communities align with their dual societal roles as companions and pest controllers.

Responsible ownership of animals (farm and pets) in communities can reduce the incidence of detrimental interactions with wildlife.

The Society’s governance of veterinary services together with competent authorities can guide good animal welfare.

Building collaborations for Outreaches among non-profits in South Africa to enable synergies and maximise resource impact for animal welfare.

Shared services and shared learning act as an effective enabler for our partnerships.

Partnerships with businesses can be effective nationally in supporting initiatives to improve animal welfare.