Open vs Closed Admission Shelters - What Gives?

Open vs Closed Admission Shelters - What Gives?

In order to understand the fundamental divide in animal welfare, we need to appreciate that the key difference between animal shelters is not High Kill vs Pro Life, but Open vs Closed Admission. More »

The Future of Companion Animal Welfare: The Education Imperative

The Future of Companion Animal Welfare: The Education Imperative

If we are serious about sustainable change in the way animals are treated in South Africa, we need to play an active role in educating people in every community, and especially the poorer members. More »

Betrayed

Betrayed

Instead of respect and admiration for our best friends, we have reduced them to slaves, to be used as our proxies in dog fighting, as extensions of our egos in dog shows, as means of income by breeders. More »

I WEPT!

I sat on the beach tonight watching the gushing waves break in front of me while the Heavens released small intermittent showers of water and the Earth released Schumacher whirls of winds, leaving sand blasted tattoo markings on my pale

The Prevention Imperative

        When any organisation states that its purpose or mission is to prevent cruelty to animals, one would expect that such an organisation would be engaged in activities that focus on prevention. Let’s consider the meaning of

Open Adoptions and Companion Animal Ethics

        I was told recently that Ark Animal Centre do not do home checks but instead process adoptions using the ‘American system’. It’s something of a misnomer because it’s not like ALL rescue organisations in America employ

AACL PE Update

It is time to catch up on some AACL PE news for the first six months of a very busy year so far!  So many wonderful people have come on board to help us.  Our heartfelt thanks to each and

Man’s Best Friend Betrayed

Dogs have been human companions for a long time. A recent study suggests that the relationship between humans and dogs started about 30 000 years ago, when fur-clad humans were living in caves and hunting woolly mammoths. “Dogs were our companions

Open vs Closed Admission Shelters – What Gives?

        In order to understand the fundamental divide in animal welfare, we need to appreciate that the key difference between animal shelters is not High Kill vs Pro Life, but Open vs Closed Admission. In general open

The Future of Companion Animal Welfare: The Education Imperative

  “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela     The great majority of SA companion animal welfare organisations are involved in rescue and rehoming. A small minority focus on

From Schism to Synergy

It was 1995. I had joined a company as Group Financial Manager after consulting to them for several months, and it was beginning to dawn on me what a huge challenge I had taken on. The company was in trouble,