Free to a good home?

Written and photographed by Jenni Davies

Animal welfare workers agree: advertising pets on a public forum without careful screening is hazardous.

Gentle Golden Labrador Andy had a wonderful life in a comfortable, loving home. But when his owner Suzanne* was retrenched, Andy had to be rehomed. She advertised him on a leading South African classifieds website as “free to a good home” and found what she thought was...


The brutal world of dog theft, smuggling and fighting

By Sam Scott

The line separating an animal abuser from someone capable of committing human abuse is much finer than most people care to consider. Warning – this article may upset sensitive readers but it is our duty to expose the cruelty and pure evilness of dog theft, fighting and smuggling.

People abuse animals for the same reasons they abuse people. Some of them will stop with animals,...


Animal Abuse in South Africa – Our Nation’s Shame

By Sam Scott

Main image: Credit: PETS Pet Empowerment in Townships

If we as a nation were to be judged on how we treat our animals, we would hang our heads in shame.

*Please note – this article may upset sensitive readers, but we felt it was important to expose the heinous crimes committed against animals in our country.

Abuse and neglect of our domestic animals is rampant, and the fact that there are many organisations throughout the...


A Second Chance for Special Needs Dogs

After being in rescue for a few years, I decided to concentrate specifically on “special needs” animals. I realised that special needs animals were a lot less likely to be adopted in a shelter environment and were often overlooked by potential adoptees due to their disabilities. I always felt that they were equally as deserving of a home and love and I wanted to give...


Uncovering puppy mills in SA

Exposing the truth about puppy mills in South Africa

By Sam Scott

Reputable breeders don’t sell their puppies in newspaper classifieds or in pet stores, but puppy mills do. We expose the horrors of puppy mills. Warning – not for sensitive readers.

Despite the growing number of dogs languishing in shelters across South Africa, unscrupulous breeders continue to churn out litter after litter, not only contributing to pet overpopulation, but reaping the rewards while those in their “care”...

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