Animal Adoption
Photo Credit: Jacky Wernberg Photography

The City of Cape Town and the Cape Animal Welfare Forum met up to discuss ways to improve pet adoption and to care for animals living in shelters.


Cape Town, South Africa (19 March 2021) – The Animal Welfare Society of SA (AWS) recently hosted City of Cape Town’s Alderman JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, and the Cape Animal Welfare Forum (CAWF) chairperson Karen De Klerk to promote pet adoptions in the city.

The city has made it clear that they aim to protect animals in the Western Cape. We recently shared the news about their anti-dogfighting team established to tackle the massive issue.

The visit was to meet some of the animals up for adoption to come up with a plan to help AWS and similar organisations cope with the growing population of unwanted animals.

“We made the most of this incredible opportunity and took pleasure in introducing Alderman Smith and Karen de Klerk the Chairperson of the CAWF to our Animal Care Centre crew led by our indefatigable dog-whisperer Lawrence Nkotha who wasted no time offering them a leash and showing them all of the dogs and puppies in our care awaiting adoption.

After briefly sharing some of our challenges we quickly turned the topic around to discussing the host of amazing benefits of this eagerly anticipated venture.

Some of the more substantial benefits raised included a potential massive reduction in the number of animals euthanised, a potential increase in the number of animals adopted, a potential decrease in the number of animal cruelty cases, a potential decrease in back-yard breeding (with all of its associated evils) and an all-round improvement in the health and welfare of entire communities.

We also touched on our capacity that it is not limitless and explained that any support the City of Cape Town could afford us would be warmly welcomed.

Sometimes there are no words to adequately express our sincere thanks so we can only hope that the muddy little footprints left on Alderman Smith’s jacket serve as a reminder of today’s momentous occasion and inestimable benefits of a wonderful collaboration made possible through our combined passion, selfless commitment and undeniable sincerity to secure a better future for our beloved animals.

Alderman Smith thank you for listening, thank you for caring, thank you for giving up your precious time and mostly importantly thank you for giving us hope and for lifting our spirits following a year like no other.” – AWS

You can help the team at AWS by checking their Facebook page for the latest pet adoptions available. There are some really sweet animals in need of loving homes!

Sources: AWS Supplied
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