Animal Welfare Society Stellenbosch

The Animal Welfare Society Stellenbosch (AWSS) is a non-profit organisation with the aim to serve the community of Stellenbosch and greater Stellenbosch by taking care of the community’s unwanted, mistreated and neglected pets. We provide a medical service for the pets of previously disadvantaged communities and also advocate and promote the sterilisation of cats and dogs to curb unwanted breeding in an already overpopulated pet community. The AWSS has been operating since 1956, but has been functioning in its present format since 1991 and is the only organisation of its kind that is operational in the municipal area and magisterial district of Stellenbosch.

In the last 4 years AWSS sterilised 14 000 dogs and cats and had settled into a routine of 4 000 sterilisations annually. Our achievement was recognised in 2012 with Stellenbosch being chosen to lead the Cape Province sterilisation project supported by R500 000 from Helen Zille and R400 000 from Stellenbosch Municipality. We have made history and our animal constituency has gained hugely. Our main challenge is to sustain and develop this.

Our Mission

We recognize animals as living beings with the right to a good quality life. We therefore dedicate ourselves:

  • to serve our community and their pets;
  • to prevent cruelty and the ill treatment of animals;
  • to encourage kindness and consideration towards animals;
  • to teach the entire community with regard to the humane treatment of animals and compassion for them; and
  • to improve the health of animals and in turn their respective communities.

Our Principles

We endeavur to achieve this by means of education, awareness programs and sterilisation

We believe that every living creature has a fundamental value and is a sentient being; where good animal welfare implies both fitness (physical) and a sense of well-being (mental).

We believe that an animal’s welfare should be considered in terms of 5 freedoms:

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst – by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain health & vigour.
  • Freedom from discomfort – by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
  • Freedom from pain, injury and disease – be prevention, rapid diagnosis and treatment
  • Freedom to express normal behaviour – by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
  • Freedom from fear and distress – by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

Primary acvtivities of AWSS

A) Community work (outside the shelter):

  • Collect neglected and abused animals that are reported to our office. Most of these animals belong to someone, although ownership is almost always denied in order to avoid paying anything and/or having criminal charges of neglect and abuse laid against them.
  • Confiscation of animals that are either illegally chained or are in poor condition.
  • Collection and caring of strays. These are dogs and cats of all sizes and shapes, often with litters of puppies.
  • Collection of healthy animals that are “signed off” by their owners due to circumstances.
  • Follow up information received and do inspections in cases where complaints have been received.
  • De-worming and Dipping campaigns.

B) Work directly related to shelter:

  • Sterilisations;
  • Vaccinations and de-worming;
  • Providing medical treatment to shelter dogs/cats as well as for dogs/cats from outside;
  • Feeding of shelter animals;
  • Cleaning of cages and premises;
  • Repair and Maintenance of equipment and premises;
  • Rehabilitation work with dogs and cats;
  • Re-homing of cats and dogs;
  • Administration of all the above; and
  • Education in humane treatment of animals.

Contact us

Tel: 021 886 4901
Fax: 086 545 7083


Address: Devon Valley Road