Category Archives: Welfare


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

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,

SAVA CVC’s: Sustainable Welfare

        85% of the estimated 6 million dogs in SA have no access to veterinary services. One of the major hurdles is the affordability of veterinary services. At the moment vets charge high prices to cover their