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The Cat Angel Refuge helped the SAPS successfully convict a man of animal cruelty and abuse in a two-year-long court case; this victory is in many ways, thanks to those who helped keep the organisation’s doors open!


North West, South Africa (09 October 2023) – The Cat Angel Refuge, run by Joanne Wilson, is once again seeing hard work and tireless effort pay off. Since securing its premises and guaranteeing its ability to serve the community, the organisation has been able to assist the South African Police Service (SAPS) in successfully convicting an animal cruelty and abuse case.

The Cat Angel Refuge spent several years saving up to be able to purchase the property it had rented. It all started in early September 2022, when the Cat Angels Refuge sent out a desperate plea for help to raise funds to purchase the property they used to service the majority of the North West province. They either had to purchase the property outright, or move the rescue organisation. Closing was a last resort and would have left a whole section of the North West without an animal welfare organisation; they work as far as Kleinfontien, which is 207km away.

Over a very long period, Joanne was able to rally support and find the funding to purchase the property outright. It was a major success for the area and meant that resources could now be used to provide care for animals in need.

Throughout the period of unknowns, Joanne and the team were rescuing animals and consulting with the SAPS on animal cruelty cases. A case that they worked on in December 2020 has finally ended and it has been a win for her team and for future cases of this kind. A dog owner was charged with three counts of animal cruelty and was convicted. He has been ordered to pay a fine and has earned a criminal record.

The specifics of the case can be read here, it does contain graphic content which we have opted not to share.

This victory is the first of two court cases the team have contributed to. The second will be heard on the 17th of October 2023.

“Many days in hard court benches but we have justice for all the dogs.”

Joanne and her team will continue to fight for justice, to serve the community and to defend animals, providing care and welfare. This story shows that when we support charities, they have the tools to support the defenceless and the means to fight for justice. Today we are proud of everyone who helped Joanne save the Cat Angel Refuge. The North West province is so much better for it!

As with any animal welfare organisation, they constantly work towards paying off vet bills and buying much-needed food and treats. If you would like to support them in other ways, you can reach out via Facebook here.

Sources: The Cat Angel Refuge
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