For The Love Of Dogs

If you were unfortunate enough to miss the Date A Rescue event at Pug Rescue on 02 February, don't worry. You can still spend a day loving all the pugs during the month of love. Head on over to this rescue organisation and spend the day enjoying delicious food and drinks, getting slobbery kisses at the pug kissing booth or have your photo taken by a professional photographer. Entry is R20 for adults, R10 for kids and R5 or a tin of Husky for dogs.

Valentine's Day At Ark Animal Centre

Join Ark Animal Centre in Chartwell for a spectacular long Valentine's weekend. Spend the day browsing through their range of second hand books at their R5 book sale. Whether you're searching for a special cookbook or for your next thrilling adventure, they're sure to have what you're looking for. Before you leave, take some time to meet some of their furballs. Who knows, you may fall in love and find a furever partner in crime.

Walk For Love 

Take a drive out to Bronkhorstspruit and spend the day enjoying the company of all the bachelors and bachelorettes at Wetnose Animal Rescue Centre. Here, you'll be free to walk, bath and spoil any of the pooches. Remember to bring comfy clothes, dog shampoo, old towels, brushes and pet-friendly toys. Entry to this event is free, but all donations are welcome.

Jack And Charlie's Charity Run

This Valentine's Day, why not spread the love by joining this great cause to help CANSA and the SPCA? Head to Jack and Charlie's Heritage Bike Parlour and take part in the bike run in aid of these two wonderful organisations. At the event, you can make a donation of blankets, food and toys to make the day a special one for the many animals in the care of Tshwane SPCA. After the race and prize giving, stop by at the SPCA and give the very special animals some love and affection. Tickets cost R100 - R120 and can be booked at Quicket.

Night Walkies is proud to present Night Walkies this February. Bring your four-legged friend along for a night time stroll while watching the sun set. Tickets cost R50 and include a doggy hamper to spoil your pooch with. The first 3000 entries will also receive an LED collar. You can upgrade to a Do-Good ticket and receive a blanket, treats, a toy and vouchers to get your dog's tail wagging during the month of love. Proceeds from this event go towards the Anti-Cruelty League.

Woodrock Sunset Walk

Not only is February the month of love, but it also marks a leap year. Spend this special time with a special someone at Woodrock Animal Rescue. For R100, you will receive a complimentary drink on arrival. You can then choose a dog to walk while marveling at the sunset from the hills. After the long stroll, spoil your dog with yummy treats and a pamper session before your photoshoot and dinner under the lapa.

If you're looking to extend your furry Valentine's plans, why not spoil your dog at one of Joburg's finest restaurants? Check out our list of top dog-friendly restaurants to find the perfect spot for a date with your best friend.

Ark Animal Centre

This amazing animal charity specialises in caring for puppies and pregnant dogs, which they take in from across Gauteng. They are self-funded and have a no-suffer policy. We love what great care they take of all the furbabies in their care. This Mandela Day, on 18 July 2019, you can spend your 67 minutes cuddling their puppies, walking the older dogs and helping out where you can. There will be drinks available at their coffee shops and you can do a little retail therapy at their second hand shop. They ask for donations of pellets and tinned food, mops and brooms, black bags, cleaning products and second hand items for their shop. If you are unable to make it on this day, you can still help out by making donations, fostering dogs, sponsoring dogs, sponsoring a sterilization, volunteering and adopting. Check out their Facebook page for more information about this event.

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Pug Rescue

Based in Benoni, Pug Rescue South Africa rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes pugs who are found on the streets or whose owners can no longer care for them. They also take in other breeds, calling them honourary pugs. This institution has a special place in our hearts because they go out of their way to ensure that each and every pug and honourary pug receives all the love and care they deserve. They have a no kill policy, meaning all animals that can be saved from their injuries are cared for no matter how expensive or extensive their recovery is. On Sunday, 21 July 2019, you can spend your 67 minutes helping them out in honour of Mandela Day. For R67, you can spend 67 minutes spoiling one of their beloved dogs. Book a time slot, either 09:00 or 11:00, at [email protected]. If you are unable to attend or would like to do more, they ask for donations of R67, Husky dog food with gravy, wet wipes and automatic washing powder. See their Facebook events page for more.

Find more information here.

walking dog


A New Hope Dog Rescue

A New Hope Dog Rescue is a dog shelter in Joburg South. They rescue and re-home dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds. This animal charity will have a Mandela Day event on Saturday, 13 July 2019 in Bryanston. All that you need to do is play with their rescues for 67 minutes at the charge of a bag of dog food. See their Facebook page for more information about this event. Other ways you can help them is by donating, fostering, supporting their shop and adopting one, or more, of their lovely pooches.

Find more information here.

SPCA Randburg

Randburg SPCA will be offering two Mandela Day events. On 18 July 2019, the SPCA is hosting an event where volunteers can spend their 67 minutes fixing and cleaning wooden kennels that will be donated to less fortunate animals in townships. The second, taking place on 27 July 2019, is their first Carnival fun day. The whole family will be able to enjoy live music, food, drinks, stalls, Junior Iron Man and make-a-treat. Pre-booking is requires, check out their Facebook page for more. Other ways you can help are to donate funds, items for their second hand shop and adopting one of their precious animals.

Find more information here.



Santa Cause For Paws

Santa Cause For Paws is not an animal shelter. Rather, they are an online store that does everything they can to help raise much needed funds for animal shelters. They do this by running various causes, selling an array of gorgeous items and collecting donations. This year for Mandela Day they plan to pack gift buckets filled with gifts, food, treats and blankets. These buckets will be donated to animal shelters across Joburg. They are asking for volunteers to help pack the buckets and for donations of things to fill the buckets. This event is taking place in Kempton Park 14 July 2019. If you are unable to attend, you are welcome to donate money to the cause. Alternatively, you can support the online shop and purchase personalised mugs, blankets or jewellery.

Find more information here.

Kitty and Puppy Haven

This animal welfare organisation specialises in caring for and re-homing kittens and puppies, as the name suggests. Volunteers can spend their 67 minutes painting, toy and treat making. They welcome all donations, but, they require kitten and puppy food, blankets, food bowls and toys in particular. See their Facebook page for more information about this event and to see their full wish list.

Find more information here.

dog playing


Other Charities To Help This Mandela Day: 

Animal Allies: on 21 July 2019, Animal Allies will be holding a spay day in Katlehong. Contact them to find out more.

Pet Rescue: On 18 July 2019 spend your 67 minutes with the animals at Pet Rescue for R67, or make a donation if you can't make it. Contact them to find out more.

Other SPCAs: Unfortunately, we can't cover all the SPCAs across Joburg, contact your local SPCA to find out what they need this Mandela Day. Or put together a box with a blanket, pet food, toys, food bowls and a treat and drop it off at your local SPCA.

Wollies Animal Project: At the time of writing, Wollies had no events for Mandela Day planned, but a donation of food, money and blankets will always be appreciated.

Trix 4 Animals: This shelter is run by people who still have to work a full-time job. That's dedication. Help out this Mandela Day with donations. Contact them to find out their wishlist.