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.

One by One Project – Adopt a Cat

Once upon a time, there was a cattery on a farm called Uitsig Animal Rescue, filled with beautiful cats of all colours and sizes. All were gorgeous and loving and unique. One day, a lovely person came and adopted one of these fabulous felines. Then another person came and took two. Every day people came to the cattery and found a purrfect companion or two – or more, until eventually the cattery stood empty – all the cats had found homes. And they all lived happily ever after…

YOU can help end this story as a happily ever after. That’s what Project One By One is all about: a collaboration between FAW and our very good friends at Uitsig Animal Rescue to home ALL the adult cats (who are usually overlooked in favour of kittens)  – until all have homes and the cattery is empty. Each one is special, each one a wonderful companion.

Adult cats have purr-sonality and cat-titude! They’re surprisingly easy to integrate, and are fabulous furry friends (no housetraining required!).

Our project started after the testing of all the cats at the Uitsig cattery for FIV/leukaemia. It had been noted that by this time there had not been a single home found for these deserving and beautiful felines

So……a plan of action needed to be undertaken.

We know it’s hard to visit the cattery for many people because there are so many cats waiting for homes. That’s why we’ve set up an ‘online cattery’ where you can browse through pictures and stories of the cats until you spot one you’d like to meet. We’ve even cat-egorised them by colour (hover your cursor over Project One by One and use the drop-down menu to search). It’s PURR-FECT!

The main aspect of the project is our online cattery. With the help of some dedicated volunteers and the generosity of a local photographer, we have created a catalogue/register of all the adult cats at the Uitsig cattery and we will put them online at Facebook as and when they have undergone their second test:

For those people that don’t use facebook, the register can also be found on the FAW website:

The online cattery is a way of potential new owners browsing our needy cats and making an enquiry without the need to visit the cattery. We are dedicated to complete a home check within 48 hours and within no time you will have a new member of the family J

We have a special aspect to our project, in that each adoption will see a township cat benefitting; whether that is with a bag of food, a new bed, a litter tray or litter, we will make a change for the better on your behalf.

Every cat we home has been sterilised, vaccinated and has tested negative for FIV/leukemia.

Keep an eye on the Project because there are big things to come and your support matters……ALOT.

You can help us with fund-raising; we need funds to test all the cats and we need people to share and spread the word about our Project. Please also contact us with any questions/info you need on our beloved felines, we have a number of cat owners on hand with heaps of advice to help.

We need you to make this happen for the cats:     Be the CAT-alyst for change!