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Animal Welfare and Rehabilitation Print E-mail
01 June 2007



Society for Animals in Distress
The Society for Animals in Distress has been around for 50 years, concentrating entirely on veterinary services to animals belonging to low- and no-income earners in areas where veterinary care is otherwise inaccessible. The society currently works in the nine townships and informal settlements around Johannesburg: Tembisa, Winnie Mandela Park, Ebony Park, Ivory Park, Mooiplaas, Diepsloot, Olievenhoutbosch, Zevenfontein and Cosmo City. The society's headquarters, the Paddocks, comprises a fully-fledged small-animal hospital, as well as stables and paddocks that provide sanctuary for recuperating and resident large animals. In 2003, a school education programme was launched in Winnie Mandela Park, in which almost 10 000 Grade ll children in 50 schools were taught basic animal care. Another project, the Coal-Yard Project, was launched in Tembisa in 2004.

The society is now responsible for the ongoing health and well being of some 320 working equine in 14 coal-yards. Skills development has seen the recent graduation of two coal-yard residents, now self-employed in the disciplines of farriery and harness making. To maintain sound and consistent herds, business opportunities, besides the sale and transportation of coal, are being negotiated with possible funders and coal-yard owners, to compensate for lack of earning potential in the summer months. In 2007 the society administered 82 905 treatments to animals.
 



The Paddocks
Plot 20, Moerdyk Street
Vorna Valley, Midrand
Tel: 083 640 8825/ 20/30
Fax: 086 626 5441
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: www.animalsindistress.org.za

Opening Hours: Mondays to Fridays 7am to 4.30pm; Saturdays to Sundays 7.30am to midday and 3pm-4.30pm.
 


 

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