About Plett Animal Welfare Service

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Welcome to Plett Animal Welfare Service (PAWS)

Welcome! Here at PAWS we provide care for animals in impoverished communities in the Greater Plettenberg Bay Area.

PAWS is a registered non-profit organisation and deals with emergency call-outs of lost and found animals and abuse reports.

We’re run by volunteers and provide basic animal health care (dipping and deworming), mass Spay Days (free spaying and neutering with volunteering vets in attendance), kennelling and re-homing of abandoned or stray animals, and animal care education in the Greater Plettenberg Bay Area.

Our Core Values

  • Our core function is to prevent cruelty to animals through proactive and reactive work.
  • We are a pro-life organisation, meaning that we do everything in our power, medically, physically, socially & emotionally, before considering euthanasia.
  • We acknowledge that euthanasia is not an action to be taken lightly as all animals have the right to life, and there is never a justification in taking a life.
  • We work with the community to enhance the relationship between human and animal.
  • We acknowledge that every animal must be assessed individually and treated with love and respect.
  • We do whatever is necessary to rescue, re-home and rehabilitate the animals that have been forgotten in our community.
  • We educate and offer assistance before confiscating any animal.

Our Services

  • Daily dipping and deworming clinics in the townships of the Bitou area
  • Financial assistance for the spaying/neutering of dogs and cats
  • Spay clinics for mass sterilisations
  • Primary health care for dogs and cats, basic cleaning & bandaging of wounds
  • Euthanising (PTS) of dogs and cats
  • Mass vaccinations in conjunction with local veterinarians using sponsored vaccines
  • Re-homing of animals which are either surrendered, confiscated or brought in
  • Trapping and neutering of feral cats
  • Re-homing of the above cats where possible
  • Response to complaints – noise, barking, fighting, fireworks, etc.
  • Advice on problems with animals
  • Investigation for criminal prosecution with regard to abuse of dogs and cats
  • Education programmes at schools in the Bitou area
  • Assistance for social awareness projects in schools
  • Rehabilitation and treatment of the above animals

Meet the team

Tracy van der Byl

Tracy is our Kennel Manager; she’s our go-to person for PAWS.

Tracy can be reached on 0832879917 or at pawskennels@hotmail.co.za.

Robert Ruiters

Robert is our Inspector/Liaison Officer. He does daily dippings and de-wormings and is out in the field every day with the PAWS bakkie. He is the liaison between PAWS and the community – a vital function.