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There are thousands of charities in South Africa that deserve some time in the limelight – this is our animal charity list for 2023.


South Africa (03 January 2023) – The Good Things Guy team has been working on these charity lists since the start of the pandemic in 2020. They were created as tools to help people find help or offer it to causes close to their hearts. Over the years, the demand for these lists has grown and today, we are excited to share our lists for 2023.

Our charity list was usually one long one but we have found, with the help of insightful readers, that one list is too much to work through. This year we are splitting the list into various categories. This first list features all the animal welfare organisations we have featured over the years and can vouch for.

If we have missed an organisation or charity, please email and we will add it soonest; kindly supply the relevant links as well as which province they work in, the NPO registration details and a brief description of what the organisation does.

Please note, this is a working list, so keep sending through your charities, and we will keep adding them!

These charities include all kinds of animal welfare organisations. We have simplified the search process for you by adding the following codes:

B – Birds, C – Cats, D – Dogs, F – Farm, H – Horses / Donkeys, W – Wildlife, and O – Other.

South Africa

Eastern Cape

Free State


  • 4Paws (Working in Diepsloot, but travel throughout Gauteng) (C, D) – Facebook
  • Animal Anti-Cruelty League (Working in Johannesburg) (C,D) – Facebook
  • Avatar Sterilisation and Protection (Working in Fourways but travel throughout SA) (C,D) – Facebook
  • BARC (Working in Benoni) (C,D) – Facebook
  • Bark for Life Animal Rescue (Working in Krugersdorp) (C,D) – Facebook
  • Brainy Birds Parrot Rescue and Rehabilitation (Working in Edenvale) (B) – Website / Facebook
  • Bull Terrier, Adorabull Rescue and Rehabilitation (Working in Meyerton) (D) – Website / Facebook
  • Cat Village (Working in Benoni North) (C) – Facebook
  • Cause 4 Paws (Working in Johannesburg South) (C,D) – Facebook
  • Chihuahua Adoptions SA (Working in Johannesburg) (D) – Website / Facebook
  • CLAW (Working in Johannesburg) (C,D) – Facebook
  • Critter Rescue SA (Working in Johannesburg) (O) – WebsiteFacebook
  • Free Spirit Claws and Paws (Working in Beverley Gardens) (C) – Facebook
  • Friends of Free Wildlife (Working in Kyalami) (W) – Website / Facebook
  • FORA (Working in Krugersdorp) (D) – Facebook
  • Highveld Horse Care Unit (Working in Meyerton) (H) – Website / Facebook
  • Husky Heaven Rescue (Working in Centurion) (D) – Website / Facebook
  • Husky Rescue South Africa (Working in Randburg) (D) – Website / Facebook
  • Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital (Working in Gauteng) (W) – Website / Facebook
  • Jozi South Feral Cat Carers (Working in Johannesburg South) (C) – Facebook
  • Love-a-Bull SA (Working in Gauteng) (D) – Website / Facebook
  • Maltese, French Poodle & Yorkie Rescue South Africa (Working in Midrand) (D) – Website / Facebook
  • Nordic Rescue (Working in Tarlton) (D) – Website / Facebook
  • Paws R Us: SA (Working in Midrand) (D) – Facebook
  • PET RESCUE (Working in Benoni) (C,D) – Facebook
  • Pretoria Animal Buddies (Working in Pretoria) (C,D) – Facebook
  • Saints Animal Charity (Working in Northriding) (O) – Website / Facebook
  • Sandpaper Kisses Fundraising SA (Working in Centurion) (C) – Website / Facebook
  • Santa Cause for Paws (Working in Weltevredenpark) (O) – Website / Facebook
  • Soldiers Against Dog Fighting – S.A.D (Working in Gauteng) (D) – Facebook
  • SPCA Alberton (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Bedfordview/Germiston (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Benoni (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Boksburg (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Brakpan (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Edenvale (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Heidelberg (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Johannesburg (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Kempton Park (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Krugersdorp/Roodeport (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Midrand (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Nigel (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Randburg (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Randfontein/Westonaria (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Sandton (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Springs (All) – Facebook 
  • SPCA Tshwane (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Vereeniging/Vanderbijlpark (All) – Facebook
  • The 9th Day Animal Rescue Centre (D) – Website / Facebook
  • The Dog’s Trust (Working in Diepsloot) (D) – Website / Facebook
  • The Society for Animals in Distress (SAID) (Working in Midrand) (All) – Website / Facebook
  • The Bunny Hop Haven (Working in Johannesburg) (O) – Facebook
  • Tiny Paws Rescue SA (Working in Benoni) (D) – Facebook
  • Tranquillity Animal Rescue (Working in Glen Austin) (All) – Website / Facebook
  • Underdogs SA Pitbull Rehabilitation Centre (Working in Gauteng) (D) – Website Facebook
  • Walk For Rhinos (Working in Roodepoort) (W) – Facebook 
  • Wetnose (Working in Bronkhorstspruit) (All) – Website / Facebook
  • Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation (Working in Hectorspruit) (W) – Website / Facebook
  • Wollies Animal Project (Working in Pretoria) (D) – Website / Facebook
  • Woodrock Animal Rescue (Working in Pretoria) (D)- Website / Facebook


  • Animal Anti-Cruelty League (Working in Durban) (C,D) – Facebook
  • ARRC (Working in Durban) (C) – Website / Facebook
  • Bluff Kennels (Working in Durban) (D) – Facebook
  • Brenda’s Canine Fund (Working in Durban) (D) – Facebook
  • Cliffie’s Crew – Cliffdale Animal Welfare (Working in Cliffdale) – (C,D) – Facebook
  • Edu-Paw (Working in Amanzimtoti) (D) – Facebook
  • Feeding the Furballs (Working in Durban) (C,D) – Website / Facebook
  • Funda Nenja (Working in Mpophomeni) (D) – Website / Facebook 
  • Mazarat Animal Rescue (Working in Waterfall) (C,D) – Website / Facebook
  • Paws and Peeps (Working in Kokstad) (C,D) – Facebook
  • Paw Prints Rescue and Rehoming (Working in Botha’s Hill) (D) – Facebook
  • Pheonix Animals Care and Treatment “PACT” (Working in Durban) (C,D) – Facebook
  • Pmb Animal Rescue & Rehome (Working in Pietermartizburg) (D) – Facebook
  • SPCA Amazintoti (All) – Facebook 
  • SPCA Dundee (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Eshowe (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Empangeni (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Greytown (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Kloof and Highway (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Kokstad (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Lower South (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Mooi River and District (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Newcastle (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Pietermaritzburg (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA uMngeni (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Vryheid (All) – Facebook


  • DAKTARI Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage (Working in Hoedspruit) (W) – Website / Facebook
  • HERD – Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development (Working in Hoedspruit) (W) – Facebook
  • The Charlie Project (Working in Limpopo) (C) – Website / Facebook
  • SPCA Letaba (Tzaneen) (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Louis Trichard (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Mokopane (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Polokwane (All) – Facebook


Northern Cape

  • Noupoort Animalcare (Working in Noupoort) (D) – Facebook
  • SPCA Kimberley (All) – Facebook

North West

  • Brits Feral Cats & Kie (Working in Brits) (C) – Facebook
  • Cat Angel Refuge (Working in Zeerust and Groot Marico) (C,D) – Website / Facebook
  • Harties Feral Cat Rescue (C) – Website / Facebook
  • Hartbeespoort Animal Welfare Society (All) – Website / Facebook
  • Heart of Compassion (Working in Brits) (C,D) – Facebook
  • Matlosana – Stilfontein Animals Shelter (Working in Stilfontein) (D) – WebsiteFacebook
  • Orkney & Klerksdorp Animal Shelter (Working in Klerksdorp) (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Rustenburg (All) – Facebook
  • The Owl Rescue Centre (Working in Hartbeespoort) (W) – Website / Facebook

Western Cape

  • 1 Kennel at a time (Working in Ocean View, Western Cape) (C,D) – Facebook
  • African Tails (Working in Brooklyn) (D) – WebsiteFacebook
  • Aid 4 Animals In Distress (Working in Cape Town) (C,D) – Facebook
  • Animal Anti-Cruelty League (Working in Cape Town) (C,D,H) – Facebook
  • Animal Lifeline (Working in Cape Town) (C,D) – Website / Facebook
  • Animal Rescue Organisation (Working in Ottery) (C,D) – Facebook
  • Animal Welfare Society of SA (Working in Cape Town) (All) – Website / Facebook
  • Boggle and Brux Rescue (Working in Cape Town) (O) – Facebook
  • Cape Dachshund Rescue (Working in Cape Town) (D) – Facebook
  • Cart Horse Protection Association (Working in Cape Town) (H) – Website / Facebook
  • DARG (Working in Hout Bay) (C,D) – Facebook
  • Dead Animals Walking (Working in Durbanville) (D) – Website / Facebook
  • Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary (Working in McGregor) (H) – Website / Facebook
  • Feral Cat Project Cape Town (Working in Cape Town) (C) – Facebook
  • Fur-Get-Me-Knot (Working in Westlake) (C,D) – Website / Facebook
  • Grabouw Animal Welfare Society (Working in Grabouw) (D) – Facebook
  • Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary (Working in Greyton) (F) – Website / Facebook
  • HART (Working in Helderberg) (C,D) – Website / Facebook
  • HAWK – Koinonia (Working in Malmesbury) (C,D) – Website / Facebook
  • Help a Paw (Working in Somerset West) (D) – Facebook
  • Hout Bay Seal Rescue Centre (Working in Hout Bay) (O) – Website / Facebook
  • John Moore Animal Welfare (Working in Robertson) (C,D) – Website / Facebook
  • K9 & Bridges – Rescue (Working in Helderberg) (C,D) – Facebook
  • Langebaan Animal Care (Working in Langebaan) (C,D) – Website / Facebook
  • Leaps (Working in Lamberts Bay and Eilands Bay) (C,D) – Website / Facebook
  • Lucky Lucy Foundation (Working in Malmesbury) (C,D) – Website / Facebook
  • Mdzanana Animal Clinic (Working in Khayelitsha) (C,D) – Website / Facebook
  • Muddy Pooches (Working in Plettenberg Bay) (C,D) – Facebook
  • Oudtshoorn Dogs in Need (Working in Oudtshroon) (D) – Facebook
  • Paws of Cape Town (Working in Cape Town) (C,D) – Website / Facebook
  • Plett Animal Welfare Service (Working in Plettenberg Bay) (C,D) – Website / Facebook
  • Pit Pals (Working in Melkbosstrand) (D) – Website / Facebook
  • Project 18 (Working in Blouberg) (O) – Website / Facebook
  • Raise ‘n Rescue (Working in Cape Town) (C) – Facebook
  • Riebeek Animal Welfare (Working in Swartland) (C,D) – Facebook
  • Safe Hands Animal Rescue (Working in Franschoek) (C,D) – Facebook
  • Sidewalk Specials (Working in De Doorns) (D) – Website / Facebook
  • SPCA Cape of Good Hope (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Garden Route (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Paarl (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Swartland and West Coast (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Wellington (All) – Facebook
  • SPCA Winelands (All) – Facebook
  • Squirrel Rescue and Rehab Western Cape (W) – Website Facebook
  • Tanaka Foundation (Working in Plettenberg Bay) (D) – Facebook
  • TEARS Animal Rescue (Working in Cape Town) (C,D) – Facebook
  • The Outreach Program (TOP) (Working in Somerset West, Gordons Bay and Strand, Western Cape) (C,D) – Facebook
  • The Sushi and Panda Foundation (Working in Cape Winelands) (C,D) – Facebook
  • The Underdog Project (Working in Hout Bay) (D) – Website / Facebook

Sources: Various – Linked Above
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