Pet Welfare SA

Pet Welfare SA is a multi-purpose non-profit company that was started in October 2012. Their main goal is to lessen the stresses that animal welfares in South Africa have by finding funds, donations and sponsorships on the organisation’s behalf. Currently Pet Welfare SA sponsor 9 animal welfares in South Africa with the aim that as funding increases, so will the number of welfares supported.

Currently they sponsor the following welfares:

  • 4Paws in Fourways, Johannesburg
  • Angel’s Refuge in Mafikeng
  • Ark Animal Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg
  • FORA in Klerksdorp
  • Hellen – working in the Community in the Turfontein and Naturena Areas
  • The Lucky Lucy Foundation in Cape Town
  • Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre in Cape Town
  • Wolfshaven Animal Sanctuary on the East Rand in Johannesburg
  • Woodrock Animal Rescue in Hartbeespoort

Pet Welfare SA strives to become a one-stop-spot for all animal welfare needs including education, job creation and helping the welfares become self-sustaining sanctuaries for the many unwanted dogs and cats in South Africa.

They have a website that is slowly becoming a go-to place when people are looking for a new pet. They list animals up for adoption for the welfares that are supported, with articles that the public can read to educate themselves. Current and future projects as well as how the public can help the welfares on our list.

With utmost passion for the survival of pets and animal welfare organizations, Pet Welfare SA will ensure that animal welfare in South Africa becomes a joint effort where everybody succeeds. Help is always available when needed as well as professionalism and based on a knowledgeable foundation.

Contact Details:

Nicola Dee van Ass
Pet Welfare SA
Reg No: 2012/180351/08
Tel: 083 309 0400
Fax: 086 260 7345


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Designscape, Nutroscience Pet Food

Special Offer to assist with dog food donations.

Designscape is a registered dealer of, amongst others, premium quality DogSense & Fetch Dog Food, manufactured by Nutroscience in Malmesbury.

We are passionate supporters of Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre, believing in their slogan “changing lives ONE by ONE” and their policy of “No euthanasia, except when the animal is suffering and cannot be rehabilitated”.

Uitsig depends strongly on donations of food and have raised a plea for donations. We have therefore decided to assist to increase donations of quality dog food to them by offering an incentive discount and to assist with the logistics of possible donors.

Effective immediately, we wish to put a more permanent ongoing procedure of assistance in place. This will firstly benefit Uitsig tremendously, and as we increase sales help us to donate more food as and when we can afford to do so.  Anybody who wants to buy a bag, or two, of  food to donate to Uitsig, may want to consider supporting us in the process and buy nutritious premium quality DogSense and/or Fetch Dog Food from us to donate

Details & Procedure:

  1. We will  arrange with Uitsig for delivery, or collection, of donated food on a regular basis. That means that you don’t even have to collect the food from us.
  2. Thus ‘no hassle, no fuss’; just send an email to ivan@designscape.co.za for the relevant current pricing.
  3. Upon placing your donation order we will email you an invoice and you then pay via EFT, and thereafter we do the rest.
  4. Please refer to the NutroScience official website for detailed nutritional information of what is available.
  5. Designscape will then further assist by allowing you a 5% discount off the standard prices in respect of your order (food for donation AND also should you wish to simultaneously purchase food for your own dogs, the latter  which you have to collect).
  6. The complete list of food types etc. are available on our Designscape website, but to make it easier we do however suggest you to maybe consider a bag or two of the following short list for donation:
  • DogSense Adult Basic (Blue Bag) 10 kg and/or 25kg
  • FETCH Adult 10kg and/or 25kg

We thank you on behalf of Uitsig & ourselves for your support

Paws for a Cause

Paws for a Cause, Cape Town are an animal relocation program, which is based in the northern suburbs.  They are directly involved in the upliftment of shelters and living conditions of neglected and abused animals in shelters and townships.  Paws for a Cause aim is to re-home and feed abandoned animals by working with the Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre, FAW, AACL, Heads and Tails, ART, Furry Friends and various other shelters to help accelerate re-homing and ease the pressure on over-capacity.

The prime key problem shelters find, is dealing with re-homing and feeding the large amounts of abandoned and neglected animals on a daily basis.  The task ahead is a huge undertaking and is only possible with the generosity of volunteers and donations from people like yourself.  Paws for a Cause has built Uitsig Animal Rescue their own cattery, dog kennels etc to help the animals of an overall total of 300 dogs still on the farm yet to get adopted and over 160 cats.  Paws for a Cause even built a dog trailer for Fisantekraal, Uitsig and other non profitable organisations, so they can bring their animals for the Adoption day held by Paws for a Cause at the Cape Garden Centre once a month being the first weekend of the month

Cape Garden Centre in Joostenberg Vlakte gives us the opportunity to set up our adoption days which gets sponsored by Cape Garden Designs. Together Cape Garden Centre, Cape Garden Designs and Paws for a Cause stand together to help all shelters in need.

Raw Necessities Animal Nutrition

Passion for the health of our pets has led Raw Necessities on a journey to discovering the benefits of feeding raw meat and bones to our dogs and one willing cat.  As the research progressed the difference was seen and, we wondered how we could ever have been so blinded and brain washed.

In our technology based lifestyles and sanitised homes its almost inconceivable for us to think that our pets should get raw bloody meat, but how quickly we have forgotten that our pets originated from the wild and not so long ago were domesticated from wolves and wild cats; predators who kill, rip and tear their prey.

We continually review our diets, knowing from science and experience that processed food lead to all forms of ailments, allergies and cancer. Chemicals in our food and in our home environment has been directly linked to causing cancer, yet we are willing to give our pets, processed, chemically preserved brown wheat based pellets promised by the supplier to be “balanced”

Raw Necessities Food for Dogs

Nature provides us with the ideal diet for domesticated dogs are the same as we find in wild relatives, like the wolf and wild dog which feed mostly on other animals. Their diet consists of meat, bones and some animal organs.

In our culture and suburbia it is difficult to feed as in the wild but we can get very close to this by feeding chunks of raw meat with bones and some organs, the ideal is to feed our dogs a variety of meat such as lamb, chicken and most other red meats and poultry.

South Africa’s raw red meat products are quite expensive and it is not possible for most people to buy a lamb or beef rib or neck for their animals but chicken is quite affordable and there are many success stories of dog owners feeding only chicken to their animals, table scraps are also fine but no processed foods or cooked bones as bones become brittle when cooked.

Why Raw Feed?

  • Carnivores: Dogs are physiologically the same as wolves. They differ in their gene sequences by only 1 – 2%. Designed to eat various prey species they have very strong stomach acids (dogs have a pH of 1 with food in the stomach compared to a humans pH of 4 – 5) and a short digestive tract. The dog’s digestive tract is 1/3 to 1/2 the length of a human. This is because they are designed to eat raw meat and bones, not grains like an herbivore such as a cow, or an omnivore, such as a human. If dogs were meant to eat corn, wheat, soy or rice, they’d be built internally like a cow or sheep or even a human, with a long digestive tract.
  • Enzymes: Raw food contains enzymes, cooked and processed food does not. Without digestive enzymes even the most nutritious foods will not be of any use to the body. Pet’s diets (full of processed food and foods unnatural to them) strain the digestive system. If our pets have inadequate amounts of digestive enzymes they will have a number of health problems including but not limited to; a weak immune system, arthritis, allergies, coat condition problems, lack of energy, excessive gas, osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, digestive disorders, food allergies, hot spots, loose stool, consumption of their own stool, foul breath, body odour and even cancer.
  • Teeth and GumsChewing on chunks of meat is not only stimulating to your dog but clean their teeth and gums (Natures Toothbrush) and will prevent gum disease, in turn gum disease can lead to other organ damage.

What the Raw Meaty Bones Diet should consist of

Please do your own research, there are multiple websites available. Here are some of the basics food types and quantities for raw feeding.

  • A meat to bone ratio is one of the most essential parts for successful raw feeding and excellent health for your animals as both protein and calcium are essential to a dog’s well-being.
  • Whole eggs (include the shell to maintain the balance), fish, internal organs such as gizzards and liver (no more than 2 servings a week) and green tripe.
  • Table scraps are also fine for your dog, but avoid cooked meat and processed foods, you can give the left over cooked veggies but we believe this is not necessary and please do not bulk your dogs much needed protein with vegetables.
  • For adult dogs, feed 2-3 % of their body weight. Use your eyes, if your dog is picking up weight reduce the quantity, dependent on your dog’s lifestyle adjust accordingly.
  • For puppies feed 2-3% of their ideal weight as adults. Puppies tend not to overeat when on the raw food diet

Raw Necessities Dog Food Available in Cape Town

The quality of our food is very important to us and therefore, we only source from the best producers.

All Our Chicken Products are:

  • FREE RANGE
  • ANTIBIOTIC GROWTH-PROMOTER FREE
  • FISH MEAL AND ANIMAL BY-PRODUCT FREE
  • STRESS FREE
  • RAISED HUMANELY
  • HALAAL