By doing so not only will you be enjoying an amazing you will be contributing towards a great cause. As all the proceeds will be going to the Bedfordview/Germiston SPCA. So, come informed about any possible questions that will be asked, plus come hungry too because there will be food and drinks on sale, vegan diners are allowed to bring their own meal along. Please book via [email protected].
When Is It?
Friday, 20 September 2019 at 18:30 - 21:30.
Where Is It?
At Hops End Brewpub, 1 Arden Rd Modderfontein, Johannesburg.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Animal Charity Shops in Joburg
This is an animal charity shop based in North Riding. They offer a little bit of everything, like books, clothes, toys, DVDs, electronic devices and novelty items. This is a great store because you can get items for as little as R5. Saints doesn't leave it up to just their store either. They also have monthly book sales, where you can expect to pay R15 a book, at most, and all the funds go to a chosen charity. All the more interesting items go on auction on their Facebook page, so be sure to keep a keen eye out. And if all this wasn't enough, they also hire out an event venue, Murphy's, where all proceeds go to charity. Murphy's often hosts events to raise money for animal welfare such as their mid month vegan markets.
Most SPCAs have a charity shop on site. These can offer a range of items for re-sale. The most popular items are second-hand books. These shops are a great place to go on a hunt for that paperback that you need to complete your collection. It is also a good place to search for books to gift an avid reader whose tastes you're not familiar with. Best of all, these books are very affordable. Here is a list of the SPCAs in South Africa.
This shop in Edenvale collects household items to sell for animal charities. The sell a huge range of items such as DVDs, CDs, baking ware, collectibles and jewellery. They also have sales on Saturdays and auctions on Sundays if you are searching for a bargain. Every few months, they host wonderful charity markets, where you can browse what they have to offer, have a chat with the super friendly staff and be around like-minded people.
This charity shop is located in Edenvale. They also have drop off locations in Centurion and Rouxville. This store works solely on donations from their supporters. They accept donations of any high quality item and sell them online. The profit then goes to animal charities to feed and care for the many animals who do not have homes. Their main beneficiaries are SPCAs around Gauteng, Humans Helping Animals and Cape of Good Hope SPCA.
This charity shop specialises in good quality, second-hand items. They also have an online boutique, where you can purchase some beautiful, quality clothing available in all colours and sizes. They also offer prizes as rewards for people to donate to various animal charities.
Despite it's name, this online store operates year round. They sell specialised mugs that have adorable animated images of every dog and cat breed you can think of. You can also get a mug with one of your own pets printed on it. This makes a much appreciated gift for any animal lover. During the Christmas season, they sell Christmas baubles tree that can be personalised with the name of your pets. They also offer blankets, crochet toys, dog treats and jewellery. If you would like to do more, they often have drives to donate to a specific cause. This includes their Christmas drives where they ask supporters to fill up a box for a puppy, kitten, dog or cat. These boxes need to be filled with two edible items, a blanket, a toy and something needed. These boxes then get donated to charities. You can pledge to donate your own box here.
There are many misconceptions out there that animals in shelters are broken, that you can't find the breed you want and that there are only old animals available. None of these could be further from the truth. Shelter animals are full of love and affection, and still have a full life to live and loads to offer. They are also available in any age, breed, gender and colour your could wish for. There are many shelters that are breed specific, too. Here, we don't discriminate against age, gender or breed so we stuck to shelters that offer diversity.
An added benefit of adopting is that you'll save a fortune. Buying pets can easily costs an arm and a leg. And you will still need to take your new pet to the vet for all their shots, deworming and micro-chipping. Shelters on the other hand, include all of these in their adoption fee. At shelters, you'll also have the option of adopting older pets, who tend to already be house-trained and more calm and well-behaved than younger animals.
Irwin Animal Rescue
Irwin Animal Rescue Centre NPC is based in De Deur. They rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals who are abused and neglected. This shelter takes in dogs of any breed, shape, size, colour and age and offers them a mid-way home until they can find furever homes. One only need go through the photos on their Facebook page to see how happy and full-of-life the dogs in their care are. This is definitely the place to find older dogs of any breed, suitable to any family or lifestyle.
Based in Midrand, Paws R Us rescues, shelters and re-homes unwanted dogs and strays from across Johannesburg. This no-kill shelter has over 200 dogs in their care, and are working hard to build a Paws Haven. When visiting this site, you'll be amazed at all the love and affection you'll receive from these lovely furbabies. They have dogs of all shapes and sizes including small and large dogs. So, pay them a visit if you're in search of your next lap dog or wanna-be lap dog.
This shelter, in Joburg South, fosters unwanted dogs until they can be re-homed. They care for all types of dogs, and even a few pups! All the dogs here have hilarious personalities and attitudes, so this is just the place to adopt the next Instagram star. They have a large variety of smaller dogs including Dachshunds, Terriers, Jack Russells and mixed breeds (our personal favourite) for those without a large garden.
Kitty Shelter is a no-kill welfare organisation in Norwood. They care for both adults and kittens. The adoption price, which is much less than buying a cat, includes sterilization and up-to-date vaccinations. They work on a foster programme, where their kittens and cats are cared for by foster families until they find their furever homes. This means that the animals here are already used to people, other animals and kids.
This no-kill shelter specialises in puppies and kittens, hence the name. Their animals come from veterinarian practices, low income areas and welfare organisations. They give every animal medical care and will not consider euthanisation. And we must say - these animals are absolutely adorable. One doesn't have to browse far down their Facebook page to fall in love.
The SPCA has a branch in almost all towns across Joburg. They take in any animal irrespective of the type, gender, colour, breed or age. Their Cattery always has many different cats. Whether it be kittens or adults; mixed or pure bred; male or female. What we love about the cats here are their various attitudes. There's always the friendly cat, trying to get as close to you as possible. As well as the playful kitten, the chatty fur ball and the shy one hiding behind the rest. Adopting an animal here is cheaper than other shelters. And, they will also give your future furbaby all their shots, anti-parasite treatments, a chip and even a care package.
We all love cute, furry and oh-so adorable bunnies. However not everyone is able to give them the proper care they require. Some people will re-home their pet rabbits but others choose to release them in parks. However, pet rabbits are domesticated and are therefore unable to care for themselves in the wild. Berario Bunnies and The Strawberry Foundation both rescue these rabbits from the park. They also provide homes for rabbits whose owners are unable to care for them. They will feed and care for these rabbits until they are able to find a furever home.
Despite its name, Hedgehog Rescue and Rehabilitation cares for most exotic animals. These include hedgehogs, rats, rabbits, hamsters, reptiles and birds. They take in injured or unwanted animals and rehabilitate and care for them until they are homed. Get in contact with them to find out what you need to know about the needs of exotic pets before adopting one. And if you decide to adopt, Hedgehog Rescue is able to help you find a loving and adorable scaled, feathered or quilled friend.
Pigs are some of the smartest and cutest animals around. And they certainly make some of the best pets - for those that are able to care for them. Unfortunately many aren't, hence their own shelter in Hennops. Pigs n Paws take in pigs and dogs, and allow them to roam freely on their small holding. If you're looking to adopt a pig, dog or both, and are able to care for them, pay them a visit and meet their feisty furries.
Grab your four-legged companion and their leash, and enjoy a lovely morning walk around the beautiful grounds of Killarney Golf Course at the Sandton Marlboro SPCA MuttWalk. Kids can join too, so bring the whole family along!
If you're feeling hungry after such an exciting morning, indulge in a fabulous brunch that'll be served at KCC La Vie en Rose. Your pooches will be allowed into the venue for this one-off function, as there'll be dog sitting services available. If you don’t have a dog but would like to support, just go yourself, or purchase a fun cat or dog balloon to walk the course. You may also choose sit out on the MuttWalk and support from the sidelines. All proceeds from this event will go towards the Marlboro Sandton SPCA’s fundraising initiatives.
When Is It?
Sunday, 20 October 2019 from 06:00-08:00.
Where Is It?
Killarney Country Club, 60 5th Street, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg.
How Much Is It?
Tickets cost between R50 - R275 per person. Book yours here.