Carthorse Protection Association

Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre main concern is for all animals to be treated humanely with consideration and care for their welfare and well-being.  We endeavor to assist wherever possible, whether for those at the center or in the community and we understand the difficulty knowing when or how someone should report abuse.

Having horses at the center that have ended up with us through no fault of their own other than circumstance we thought the public may appreciate knowing how and what is termed as abuse for those animals who are still working out in the field, or on the roads, below is an article from the Carthorse Protection Association giving insight into what should be looked for and what to do should you feel that something is not as it should be.

Cart Horse Abuse can be classified as one of the following: overloading, whipping, untreated injuries/lame horse, horses in terrible condition (eg: underweight) reckless driving, ill-fitting harnesses or the horse needs new shoes.

Overloading – It is best to look at the horse and judge whether the horse appears to be straining against the weight of the cart, if the horse looks tired or the drivers need to go to extra measures in order to get the horse to move forward, then you know there is a problem. Sometimes carts are packed high but with light materials, and sometimes there are only 3 items on the cart but they may be solid and heavy. So always best to look at the horse first.

Whipping – Please ALWAYS report whipping. There is no need for the cart horse drivers to ever whip their horses.

Injury/lame/bad condition – If you see a cart horse who appears to be in terrible condition, lame (limping) or has an injury which looks untreated, please call us immediately.

Reckless driving – Cart horse drivers should follow all the rules of the road. Please report reckless driving where the well-being of the horse is put at risk.

Ill-fitting harnesses/shoes – Check for badly fitted, damaged or broken harnesses which could be hurting the horse. Horses with loose shoes or hooves that require attention should also be reported.

These are the best details to keep an eye out for when reporting a case of abuse:

  • Colour of horse & name or ID number
  • Any distinctive markings on the horse such as a blaze, a star, white socks
  • How many men are on the cart
  • What colour tshirts are the men wearing, are they wearing anything distinctive such as hats or beanies
  • On what road did you see the horse and in which direction was the horse going
  • What is the closest intersection

Other information: If you are reporting a case of abuse, don’t let the cart horse drivers know. Once they suspect you have reported them, they are adept in disappearing down side roads so that the inspectors or CIDs will not find them.

If there is any chance you are able to take a picture – PLEASE DO! Pictures of abuse are invaluable when it comes to court cases and a history of abuse would just make our case stronger. Also a picture says a thousand words. With one picture – Cart Horse Protection will know who the horse is, who the horse’s owner is and who the drivers are.

In terms of the Animal By Law there is no legal age specified to drive a cart. The Road Traffic Act also has no age specified but it does say that the animal drawn vehicle has to be operated by a competent driver. This is something that we need to change in the By Law. We are not issuing E53 permits to anyone under the age of 16 years.

If you do see a horse that looks like the driver is not controlling properly, please send us the ID# and we will contact the owner to find out more about the driver.

Reporting (please always call the emergency cellphone number first, if that is unavailable then move down the list):

  1. Call or SMS 082 6 599 599
  2. Call 021 535 3435
  3. Call 082 6 566 599
  4. Email all the information to

Facebook should be your last option in a case of abuse as those working at the association are not always online so might only view your comment hours after it was posted.

Aside from the above, if you see anything at all that makes you uncomfortable or doesn’t feel right – please call us. We are always happy to chat to cart horse supporters!

Please note that we only work within the provisions of the Animal Protection Act and we cannot respond to calls for dumping. This has to be handled by law enforcement. People can report dumping to 021 596 1999. Taking photo’s when the dumping is taking place is always helpful and is evidence.


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

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.

Running with Huskies

 Take a Rescue Dog for a Run

as featured in Runner’s World Magazine

Email received from Janette Jordaan, urging runners to take four-legged friends on runs with them

Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre in Fisantekraal just outside of Durbanville.  The rescue centre is a pro-life organisation that rescues all types of animals.  We have a small group of dedicated walkers that exercise the dogs on Saturdays.

Unfortunately, with over 300 dogs, we don’t get close to giving them each a walk.  I’m writing to tell you about the Huskies that are currently resident at the Uitsig Animal Rescue.  The Huskies are the dogs that are probably the worst suited to the environment of a rescue organisation.  I am contacting you to see if you may have any members that might be interested in combining some of their training with that of exercising our Huskies.  It certainly will be a good workout as our Huskies are always ready to go – or perhaps you can arrange group outings/community initiatives and this may be something suitable for you to consider.  As a volunteer walker myself, I can affirm to the fact that time spent exercising the dogs at Uitsig is very good for both one’s soul and one’s soles.

It is extremely good exercise, the dogs are very good company and it is a good way to get rid of the frustrations of the week.

One of our newer volunteers via another running club is Sonja, she comes out regularly to run with the Huskies, has become passionate in her desire to help them and has also taken on the project of trying to market the Huskies in new ways in order to try and find them suitable homes as soon as possible.  As a runner herself, Sonja feels the perfect owner of a Husky is someone that is active and enjoys running.  The benefits for both runner and Husky are great.  The runner gets a wonderful running companion (and security guard) and the Husky gets all the exercise that it needs.  Sonja would like to encourage interested runners to join in with the exercising of the Huskies at Uitsig.

Should you be interested contact Sonja by email on and she will tell you about the volunteer running program and answer any questions that you may have.

Micro Chipping your Pet

Should your pet be lost or stolen this may be one of the only ways of finding them as it gives the vets and Animal Welfare Organisations who could cross their paths some way of identifying where they belong.  Every appliance we have in our home has a serial number to ensure that we can identify it so why should we fail to realise the importance of doing this for our pets that have become such an integral part of our family.

It is non-invasive, literally the size of a grain of rice and the procedure is quick, pain free and the cost is relative, no pun intended!  Organisations automatically scan animals when handed in, so if chipped they are returned sooner rather than later helping to reduce the stress to an animal of being held by strangers.

Every day I read posts from organisations that has either found a pet or been notified of one that has gone missing, and I am sad to say that these seem to be getting more and more frequent. It is frightening to say the least, and must be even more so for the animal concerned and the family searching for them.

To make matters worse, we have a criminal element in this country that feels possession is ‘nine tenths of the law’ who help themselves without fear of recrimination or remorse of ripping away from a family a beloved pet considering it a property that can be sold or used, just like an appliance.

Their mentality and thought process in doing this I don’t think I will ever be able to understand but they are out there and they will continue to do so, so now it is up to us to be vigilant and protect what is ours by every means possible.   We have to consider that where in the past dogs were considered a deterrent and protected the home they are now one of the valuable commodities that are stolen.  Whether large or small animals no-one is safe as if they can find a means to an end they will use and abuse someone we love and to live through that nightmare of ‘what if, where are they and what is happening to them’ is something we should try to avoid at all costs

Our homes, our sanctuary away from the humdrum of life are under constant threat, we are being watched coming and going so that they know when to strike.  There are spotters who go out looking for weaknesses in our defenses so that when our backs are turned we are violated, anything for a quick buck without conscience.  So what do we do…?

Firstly, Microchip your animals, have an identikit just like a passport, with a photo and description just in case G’d forbid something should happen, keep it with the inoculation card that you have from the vet.   When under the pressure of emotions it is amazing the things that we tend to forget and collars with tags can be removed.

Secondly, if your pet is missing under whatever circumstances, put up a sign on your front lawn with a picture so that passersby and your neighbours can be your ‘Eyes and Ears’ on the ground.   Contact organisations such as surrounding vets, local animal welfare organisations, breed specific organisations, and those that diligently specialise in reuniting the Lost & Found:

Missing Pets South Africa * Petfinders * Lost & Found Pets SA * Lost & Found Pets Cape Town * Pet Detective * Pet Tails * Lost & Found Pets Helderberg (all have Facebook pages)

If you know that they have been stolen, report it to your local Police Station and National Animal Welfare Task Team to know what would be required see the (Stolen report form under notes). Place an ad on Gumtree, OLX and in your local newspaper, put up flyers in shops and around your home, post it on Facebook; you will be amazed at how many people out there are willing to help.

Now for the frightening part, please do not think that your pet would be excluded because it is a small, too old, a certain type of breed or never goes anywhere without you; accidents happen and if the opportunity arises people take them!

Small dogs and cats are taken for training fighting dogs, whether thrown in to antagonise or placed to chase, puppies to bait and pedigreed breeds for fighting, if unaltered then puppy mills develop, they are even using animals as drug mules – these days it doesn’t matter who, what or why! And if they can find them wandering the roads on their own it just makes their lives easier, please secure your property and be careful

The majority of us are aware of the dog syndicates operating throughout the country, stealing dogs to smuggle over the border. These people have no empathy towards animals so be on the lookout, if you see someone with a dog and it doesn’t seem right then it probably isn’t; if possible take a picture but remembering safety first.

Please we have to start helping ourselves to help one another – start with a Microchip:  Identipet    or  Virbac Back Home or ask your vet to recommend.

Animal Street Trading – Road Side Animal Selling – (AACL)

With the holiday season fast approaching and the city abuzz, it is noticed that there is a substantial increase being received in complaints regarding the Sale of puppies and other small animals at the road side.

According to the Animal By-Laws, any person dealing in the sale of animals must have a permit.

All too often the people we encounter selling the animals are not permitted to do so and the animals for sale are in poor health and neglected.

The AACL is opposed to any animal being sold at the roadside and they are appealing to all Capetonians to be vigilant and to assist us in trying to control this problem. Should a member of the public come across an individual selling puppies or any small animals, we ask you to contact Law Enforcement on 021 596 1999.

We plead with the public NOT TO PURCHASE the animal but rather to distract the seller and keep him/her occupied until Law Enforcement arrives. If you are unable to stop, ensure that you get the exact location of where the sales are taking place and contact Law Enforcement with the relevant details.

REMEMBER by buying an animal at the roadside you are creating a market – after all, it is all about supply and demand! You may be saving one animal today, but by tomorrow there will be two more being sold in its place… Contact: Law Enforcement 021 596 1999.