Planet and Village content Feb 2017

Read how MyPlanet beneficiaries are helping save and protect our environment, wildlife and animals for the future of our planet.

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Bronkhorstspruit’s Wet Nose Animal Rescue Centre

At any given time, Bronkhorstspruit’s Wet Nose Animal Rescue Centre cares for and facilitates the adoptions of up to 600 abandoned, abused or neglected animals which includes dogs, cats, horses, donkeys and farm animals. Aiming to raise R600 000 for a desperately needed upgrade of 80 of its 200 kennels, funds to the tune of R 121,967.17 were raised by shoppers over the year which will go a long way to help with the organisation’s running costs.

Dogtown SA / Barking Mad

At Dogtown SA, a dedicated team of animal behaviourists and trainers believes that ‘problem dogs’ are misunderstood. At its unique facility in Hennops River, Dogtown SA works to help these dogs realise their potential to be loveable and rewarding pets. It does this by giving them the love, care, training and behavior modification exercises they need.  A pro-life organisation, Dogtown SA often takes in dogs from other rescue centres and facilities include a retirement village where unwanted elderly dogs can live out their ‘golden years’ in love and safety.  Over the past years people like you have been making sure that MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet funds have been rising and every last cent is used to cover ongoing running costs like vet bills.

Midrand’s Kitty and Puppy Haven

Pro-life Kitty and Puppy Haven has been rescuing neglected, abused and abandoned animals since 2000. More often than not, these rescued animals come from surrounding disadvantaged areas and are in need of extensive veterinary treatment and proper nutrition to nurse them back to health before being placed in caring homes. As well as providing food, sterilisations, primary vet care and pet care advice, the organisation also runs an outreach programme in Alexandra and other township areas.  Thanks to caring shoppers like you, R 113,414.17 has been raised over the past year, and Kitty and Puppy Haven are raising more funds for building upgrades to their kitten and puppy runs, as well as a much-needed additional vehicle.

Animal Welfare Society Port Elizabeth

Based in Walmer, AWS (PE) rescues, rehabilitates and shelters all kinds of unwanted, neglected and abandoned animals. Empowered to enforce the Animal Protection Act, AWS (PE) runs a 24-hour service to respond to reports of animal cruelty.  Its facilities include catteries and kennels, as well as shelters for farm animals, other animals and birds, and over the past year R 60,272.45 has been raised by animal lovers like you to support AWS (PE) which also runs a lost and found service and an adoption programme.

Vereeniging-based Highveld Horse Care Unit

Highveld Horse Care Unit specialises in ensuring the proper care of working horses and donkeys, through programmes that educate equine owners and provide the animals with medical care.  The organisation also inspects and monitors the welfare of almost 9000 working horses and donkeys, while providing on-site care for up to 65 horses a month, which have either been confiscated due to cruelty or surrendered as unwanted. With R 147 701.78 raised through MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet cardholders like you over the past year, all funding is used to support its medical and educational community clinics which aim to improve the health and well-being of all working horses and donkeys.

Johannesburg SPCA

Based in Booysens, the Johannesburg SPCA has been uplifting the welfare of animals since 1902 over a 1 500 km² area which includes Krugersdorp.  Its successful community upliftment programme engages animal owners in under-resourced areas by providing basic vet services and promoting animal-centric networks, where community leaders take charge of the proper care of animals in their communities. It also operates one of the largest animal welfare hospitals in the country offering accessible and affordable vet services and advice, while its humane education programme reaches children and youth to teach the importance of respect for animals.  Thanks to caring shoppers like you, R 39,098.86 was raised over the past year to help treat more than 7200 animals, and the successful rehoming of more than 900 animals through its Animal Adoption Centre and kennels

Benoni-based Pug Rescue SA

While Pug Rescue SA has rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed more than 1300 pugs, the organisation provides services to other dog breeds whenever possible. The organisation runs an outreach programme known as Thanda Inja in the Gabon, Chris Hani and surrounding informal settlements in Daveyton to offer free veterinary clinic services and sterilisation, and feeds more 750 dogs.  Over the past year, caring people like you helped raise R99,140.37 which will help cover the costs of dog food and vet bills. 

Sandton and Eastern Metro SPCA

With kennels in Marlboro Gardens, Sandton SPCA provides shelter, rehabilitation, lost-and-found and adoption programmes. Covering a wide area that includes numerous disadvantaged areas, its mobile clinic regularly provides essential health care and vet services including sterilisation in these communities. Thanks to R 183,654.29 raised by caring shoppers like you over the past year, the organisation takes care of up to 100 dogs at any given time and uses the funds for vital operational and communication costs.

BirdLife South Africa

BirdLife SA promotes awareness of South Africa’s rich diversity of birds and the urgent need to conserve the 847 species that live in our country. 2015 data shows that 161 species of South Africa’s birds are threatened or near threatened, while 13 species are listed as critically endangered. Birds are the proverbial ‘canaries in the coal mine’, and their presence is an important indicator of the health and viability of an ecosystem. Thanks to R 122,823.75 raised over the past year by bird lovers like you, BirdLife will continue to use funds for a variety of vital awareness projects such as social media campaigns, The African Bird Fair and education programmes involving rural youth.

Randburg SPCA

Randburg SPCA is responsible for enforcing the Animal Protection Act, a lost and found service, school education and education outreach programmes. Thanks to you and the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet programme, funds to the tune of R 79,023.35 were raised over the past year that will help the organisation cover vital running costs such as vet bills, water and lights, as well as vehicle and equipment maintenance. As well as providing pet adoption services, Randburg SA is raising funds for building projects which include the construction of new kennels and a new cattery, as well as upgrades of existing kennels, the Charity Shop and the holding quarantine kennels at the cattery.

African Tails

African Tails focuses primarily on street dogs in under-resourced areas of Cape Town, although it does care for, foster and re-home cats in need as well.  The organisation has a strong focus on its sterilisation programme as an effective means to reduce the proliferation of unwanted and suffering animals, and through its network of foster homes, rescued dogs and cats are rehabilitated and cared for until they are adopted. To date, the organisation has sterilised more than 10 000 dogs and cats, and the R 65,968.30 raised by animal lovers like you over the past year will help cover medical treatments, food and education. 

Cape of Good Hope SPCA

Founded in 1872, Cape of Good Hope SPCA is the oldest animal welfare organisation in the country. Based in Grassy Park today, it covers a vast area of around 11 000 km² in its efforts to prevent cruelty to animals and operates an Animal Care Centre, a Horse Care Unit and a Wildlife Centre. Thanks to the efforts of people like you, R 330,023.08 was raised over the past year through MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet. The funds will go a long way to helping cover operational costs and the organisation will continue to deliver a number of essential programmes including education, law enforcement and veterinary care services through its an animal hospital and four mobile clinics serving impoverished communities.

DARG, the Domestic Animal Rescue Group

Situated on a large Hout Bay plot, DARG is a pro-life organisation that rescues, treats, cares for, sterilises and rehomes cats and dogs that have been abandoned, abused and neglected. DARG’s shelter facilities include a cat garden, cat sanctuary, outdoor and indoor dog kennel areas as well as indoor rooms for animals in treatment or rehabilitation. With the R 65,246.95 raised by shoppers like you through MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet over the past year, the funds will go a long way to helping deliver vital animal welfare services for the communities of Imizamo Yethu, Hangberg and the greater Hout Bay area. 

Cart Horse Protection Association (CHPA)

Protecting working cart horses on the Cape Flats from abuse and neglect, the CHPA offers cart horse owners affordable and accessible services to ensure the welfare of their horses, which are integral to their ability to generate income for their families. As well as educating cart horse owners and drivers on how to properly care for working horses, the CHPA also provides feed, professional farrier services, free veterinary care, and harness and cart repairs. Thanks to the R 92,929.62 raised by caring shoppers like you over the past year, the CHPS will use these funds to support operations, while continuing to enforce the Animal Protection Act and run an adoption programme from its Recovery and Rehabilitation Centre.

Kloof and Highway SPCA

With its motto of ‘We won't stand by whilst an animal suffers’ Kloof and Highway SPCA’s takes in around 700 unwanted, stray and abused animals for treatment at its shelter.  Usually dealing with a  high demand over festive seasons, the organisation relies entirely on donations and the R 57,752.61 received through MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet will go a long way to helping cover its operational costs

SPCA – Durban & Coast

With headquarters in Springfield and satellite branches in Phoenix and Ballito, SPCA Durban & Coast rescues abused and neglected domestic, farm and wild animals.  It also promotes responsible pet ownership, provides animal shelter and dispenses pet food and veterinary services for pet owners in under-developed areas. Over the past year, people like you have helped raise R 157,446.47 which will see the organisation using these vital funds to cover running costs, while continuing to appeal for food donations to help with the influx of animals over festive seasons.

Amanzimtoti SPCA


For almost three decades, this non-profit organisation has been providing a variety of animal care services in the area from the Umlaas Canal in the north to Hibberdene in the South, and approximately 30 kilometres inland.  Its outreach programme includes regular mobile clinic visits in under-resourced communities, to provide education on animal care, vaccinations, sterilisations, other primary vet care and pet food whenever possible.  Every year, around 2500 animals are treated at the mobile clinics resulting in a noticeable improvement in the health of the animals. With the R 25,662.95 raised by caring shoppers like you over the past year, Amanzimtoti SPCA will use every cent for operational costs to continue to enforce the Animal Protection Act and run a shelter facility with an adoption programme.