The formation of AfriPaw was inspired by local Marina Da Gama resident, Annette van der Berg, who started feeding a small number of township dogs in Vrygrond (an informal settlement near Muizenberg in the Western Cape) every morning on her way to work. The few dogs quickly became 10, then 20 and then 30. Annette started working with the community by helping people with their pets, scouting the area over weekends, facilitating sterilisations, re-homing unwanted pets and stepping in when there were emergencies. Her faithful work soon came to the attention of a reporter from a local newspaper, The False Bay Echo. An article, entitled “Feeding the Hungry Hounds” appeared on 9 February 2017 and Fish Hoek resident, Anél Wesson responded to the general invitation for assistance. The two joined forces the very next day and the idea of AfriPaw was conceived. AfriPaw Animal Welfare partners with low-income communities to educate families on their pets’ primary needs and facilitates free sterilisations, as well as access to affordable primary healthcare, food and shelter for township pets. With our door-to-door approach we aim to form relationships and build trust with the community and our first priority is to always try and help pets where they are. Our strategy is to identify, train and equip responsible, animal-loving locals, who are our eyes and ears and who are a permanent presence in the community, ultimately becoming respected “go-to” persons. At this point, AfriPaw focuses its efforts on serving the people and pets of Vrygrond, reputedly the oldest informal settlement in the Western Cape, situated just off the M5, close to Muizenberg. There are approximately 90 000 residents and thousands of dog and cats living in this community. Our geographic boundary is strictly Vrygrond (which includes Seawinds and Overcome Heights) but we hope to replicate our model and expand our reach to other low-income communities in the future. The Vision of AfriPaw Animal Welfare is to see communities that treasure their pets, provide for their needs, and protect them from suffering and disease. Our Mission is to partner with low-income communities to educate families on their pets’ primary needs and facilitate access to affordable support services, with a focus on mass sterilisation. Our Objectives are to encourage responsible and accountable pet ownership and prevent neglect by: • Building relationships with the community to create a trusting and enabling environment. • Educating the community on the primary needs and healthcare of their animals. • Facilitating access to affordable medical care, food and shelter. While the rescue and rehoming of animals is necessary in cases of abuse or intentional neglect, we aim to avoid removing pets for several reasons: Neglect of pets often occurs because essential services and support to ensure ideal pet care are inaccessible and unaffordable to pet owners. We find that most pet owners welcome us and embrace our help with deep gratitude and co-operation. We want to foster responsible pet ownership and accountability in our partner communities by promoting optimal pet care and working with community volunteers and role-models. Removal of pets often aids owners to quickly replace the old pet with a new puppy or kitten, resulting in a vicious cycle where little lasting good is achieved.
Since our humble beginnings in 1943, Animal Friends has stayed true to our founders’ mission to serve as an ongoing and compassionate solution to pet overpopulation. Today, more than three quarters of a century later, we remain committed to the vision that no animal should ever be unnecessarily euthanized. At Animal Friends it is our mission to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals in crisis, ensure healthy pets through education, advocacy and affordable services, and inspire a community where the animal-human bond is celebrated and nurtured. We believe in a humane and compassionate future for every animal friend. Without the dedicated staff our lifesaving work simply wouldn’t be possible. Meet the compassionate individuals who are hard at work each and every day making Animal Friends’ mission a reality.
Taking our past into the future with Carolina Reviglio! Carolina enjoyed a carefree childhood in the Piedmont countryside. With many cousins and friends, the passion for culture was instilled from an early age. Surrounded by beauty and art in the family mansion Cimena, expertly curated by her grandmother namesake, Carolina. On the paternal side of the family, her Venetian grandmother was equally influential. The unique character and rich culture of Venice, epitomizes Carolina. While travelling often, she feels most at home, in the isles of Venice. Schooled in Italy and the United States, lived in provinces throughout the length of Italy, Carolina considers herself truly Italian, with an international vision. “My country is rich in heritage, but poor in the pocket to keep it so. It saddens me to see so many buildings in a state of disrepair.” She has honed the skills of renovation and interiors of historic buildings, since 1987. Learning by trial and error, spurned on by failure and ultimate success, Carolina has grown and prospered. Now is the time to give back. Helping artisans of all disciplines to find work and ply their trade with pride. Matching projects to professionals and vice versa. As Heritage Doyenne, Carolina’s primary contribution to this unique initiative, is to encourage the participation of Heritage Ambassadors. This cause is yet another open avenue, to take our past into the future. By intertwining culture and heritage, to create more synergy. “Only once we fully understand where we come from… and truly appreciate our heritage… can we imagine a fabulous future filled with the richness of our past. Life is ours to design!” ~ Carolina Reviglio
Rome wasn't built in a day. I’m of a very friendly nature and love to be with people who aren’t selfish. I am ambitious and will do anything to achieve my aim - "The Universe applauds action not thought" I’m of a very adventurous nature and love to find good in everything I see. There are many things that make us depressed or upset, but that doesn’t mean that we stop living. You dust yourself off, honor the difficult times for the lesson it taught you, and walk away stronger and wiser. Independence and confidence were key in my life from a young age with venturing to the UK straight after school, and eventually ending up in Cape Town as my dream destination to live a happy balanced life where beautiful sunsets are part of your everyday life, and reminds you that dreams do come true. My professional life started as a labourer painting parks in the dire UK winter weather to Insurance consultant for a huge corporate company. Getting to know me over time it became clear that I adapt quickly and take pride in everything I do as I strive to leave everything and everyone better than you found them. Covid19 and the drastic changes that came with it has been the most challenging and rewarding time of my life. With a system that failed us all in so many ways, living a financially stable life is nearly impossible but forced me to get grounded with nature and realize that the best things in life are truly free. My senses for nature, animals, and my overall humility enhanced drastically. We are all just reminded once again that nothing ever goes as planned and that losing everything including your mind might be necessary to make you realize what a strong, resilient, and galactic species we truly are. Realizing this, I am now more than ever ready to spread love and kindness whilst challenging myself with new adventures that push me out of my comfort zone. There is no other time than the present that truly matters. And in this moment I am excited to change my reality and the lives of those around me.
Welcome to Dogs Trust Ballymena. We are a happy, friendly team and would love you to come and visit us at the Centre to see our fantastic facilities and all the waggy tails of our doggy guests. We can care for up to 50 dogs at any one time and our facilities include a training barn, wonderful woodland walks and a big field to run around. We have dedicated rehoming staff who have lots of experience in helping match dogs to their forever families and we are always happy to answer any questions you may have about the rehoming process. We look forward to seeing you very soon.
Welcome to Dogs Trust Basildon, we are a happy friendly team and would love you to come to visit us at the Centre to see our fantastic facilities and all the waggy tails of our doggy guests. We can care for upto 120 dogs at any one time and our facilities include a training barn, veterinary and surgical suite and a dedicated training and rehabilitation unit to enrich the lives of the dogs in our care. We look forward to meeting you very soon.
At Dogs Trust Bridgend, we have 40 kennels, and can care for around 80 dogs at any time. We have 2 large enclosed fields, where the dogs can burn some energy and play with some friends during an off-lead run, a training barn, 2 exercise areas filled with fun areas to explore, and on site vet suite. We have a team of 24 staff, and an excellent group of dedicated volunteers who help with tasks from dog-walking to fundraising. We are located on an old farm site near the village of Pen-y-Fai, surrounded with lots of lovely rural walks for the dogs in our care to enjoy, while they are waiting for their new homes.
All the staff at Dogs Trust Canterbury would like to welcome you to our rehoming centre. In the 10 years this centre has been open, we have made lots of kind and generous friends and supporters who we need to say a massive thank you to. Dogs Trust has been in Kent since 1999 when we took over the site in the small village of Chestfield outside Canterbury. We refurbished the site in 2000 and opened to the public with 24 kennels allowing the centre to care for up to 40 dogs at any one time. In 2009, we expanded the centre and now have 38 kennels and can care for up to 70 dogs and puppies on site.
Manager Sue Embleton and her team would like to offer you a warm welcome to Dogs Trust Darlington. Darlington Rehoming Centre first opened in May 1994, and since that time we have rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed over 18,000 dogs. A big thank you to all those who have rehomed a dog and who have helped in any capacity with our work. Due to our rebuild taking place over the next year we cannot accommodate our usual 120 dogs, so we only have about 50-60 dogs onsite.
Hello and welcome from all the team at Evesham! We are nestled on the edge of the stunning Cotswolds and first opened our doors in May 1967. We have recently undergone a total transformation and offer the dogs in our care the highest standards of welfare from a brand new veterinary facility, enriched play areas, cosy and comfortable sleeping areas as well as the conservation of wildlife who have also made Evesham their home. As well as all this, we are very proud of our dedicated team who are on hand to discuss the adoption process and help find your new companion Did you know you can donate to us via the Amazon wish list? We regularly update it with the items that will benefit the centre, from doggy treats to things that will help us fundraise. If you want to take a look, there’s a link on the right hand side of this page.
Our lovely centre has 66 glass fronted kennels that house hundreds of dogs every year on their journey to a new home. Like every Dogs Trust centre, we never put a healthy dog down, so we'll never stop trying to find a home for every dog, even the 'special dogs' who have been with us for six months or more. If you are on the lookout for a new pooch please come in and visit.
Hello and welcome to Dogs Trust West London! Our Rehoming Centre based in Harefield is set within 16 acres of farmland and home to seventy five purpose built kennels. We currently have over 150 dogs in our care including our sponsor dog - Hobo! Our fantastic facilities including under floor heating, glass fronted kennels, six exercise paddocks, a four acre field, a Puppy Suite and our amazing new Sensory Garden. All help to ensure our residents really enjoy their time here; they even get room service! Every year we find loving new homes for hundreds of stray and abandoned dogs, if you're interested in offering a dog in our care a forever home, find out how rehoming works.
Hello and welcome to Dogs Trust Ilfracombe! We are a 40 kennel centre, set in a beautiful wooded valley near to the long, sandy beaches of North Devon. Our dedicated team of staff and fantastic volunteers are on hand to provide all of our dogs with the best possible care while they wait to find their forever homes. Every year we find hundreds of loving new homes for stray and abandoned dogs, If you're interested in offering a dog in our care a forever home, find out how rehoming works. Dogs Trust Ilfracombe underwent a complete refurbishment in 2013 so that we are able to ensure that all of our dogs enjoy their time here whilst enjoying the best possible level of care. With glass fronts and under floor heating in all our kennels, the facilities are now completely state of the art and very comfortable too.
Dogs Trust Kenilworth is the largest of our centres and cares for around 180 dogs at any one time. Thanks to your support, all these dogs will be cared for and loved by our dedicated staff until their forever home comes along. Every dog, whether it be little or large, young or old deserves to have a loving home. If you're interested in offering a dog in our care a forever home, find out how rehoming works.
Welcome to Loughborough Dogs Trust! Our centre opened it's doors to the public and began finding homes for unwanted dogs back in 2012, since then we're proud to say we've helped hundreds of dogs to find new homes. New dogs arrive at our centre daily and will be available for rehoming once we’ve got to know them and identified what they need from their new home. Please visit the website regularly for photos and updates on the dogs in the centre. If you're interested in offering a dog in our care a forever home, find out how rehoming works.