Source: Elke Vogelsang

Which reaction describes you best:

          “Ah heck yah! I’m all for neutering and I know enough about the topic”

   “Uhhh… I don’t know what neutering is. Why are you asking this?”

                                “No to neuter. It is unnatural and besides, I don’t have the money for it”

             “I just clicked on the blog hoping for more cute doggy photos…”

If you fall into the category of the last reaction (and stayed long enough to read this sentence) let me reassure you that there are plenty more photos of our furry friends coming, but I would like to encourage you to really read the content of this blog. It will empower you to make a difference.

My aim is to write about the wonderful venture of the

Animal Welfare Society of Stellenbosch

Source: https://www.google.co.za/search?q=animal+welfare+society+stellenbosch&espv=2&biw=1920&bih=947&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjIpfzTq5LPAhVMmBoKHQxsD20Q_AUIBigB#imgrc=f5RmDZrtZMjmvM%3A

Let’s get started:

What is neutering?

Neutering (sterilization of a male) / Spaying (sterilization of a female) dog, cat or rabbit.

Why is this relevant?

The Animal Welfare Societies across the globe have alarming rates of animals that enter the shelters each year. Worst part is that only ½ make it out alive at some shelters… (thankfully that is not the case at the AWSS!)

How does that happen?!!

Overpopulation. Besides the obvious fact that animal welfare’s have to deal with lost pets or pets that get surrendered, every litter, planned or accidental, adds to pet overpopulation. Thankfully this can be beaten by sterilizing your pets!  At the end of the day it makes a difference to that one pet overstaying its welcome at the animal shelter…  Not convinced to get your pets neutered yet?

Allow me to give you some statistics:

  • In just six years, one un-spayed female dog and her offspring can create 67,000 dogs (Source: Watatuga Humane Society).
  • Nearly half of all animals that arrive in U.S. shelters are euthanized because there is a lack of space and adopters, amounting to roughly 2.7 million dead animals every year. That means euthanizing 80,000 animals per week.


In loving memory of Zorro, Source: Own photo


The AWSS is taking corrective steps to reduce the population rate of pets. They have a small adoption fee which includes: Dogs- sterilization, vaccination, deworming and microchipping; Cats- sterilization, vaccination, deworming and feline aids test.


What can I do to help?

  • Sterilize your pets – please! Not for me, not for yourself, but for the poor homeless souls who have NO REASON NOT to be adopted. They’re healthy, kind and beautiful, but get greatly overlooked.
  • Go volunteer at your local animal welfare and give them a hand or bring them some coffee. If you can’t volunteer, why not donate?
  • #adoptdontshop
  • Raise awareness by either sharing what you know or getting a loud mouth to do all the work for you 😉 The goal is to get people educated.

Ready for the good news???

[“uh, yeah!! Tell us”]


The Animal Welfare Society in Stellenbosch is celebrating their 60th anniversary this year!!

If you think that’s awesome, think of how many lives they saved?


The AWSS who is known by their memorable circular, blue logo has a great fan and customer base. Considering the hard work and determination their members put in the welfare of the animals, it comes as no surprise that they have the whole community backing them up!

Their target audience for adopting includes anyone with the financial means to look after a pet and who can devote the time and energy that goes into owning a pet. They use social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to create awareness and to reach out to their potential customers. The individuals that have the financial means, but not the time to adopt a pet, can donate money to support their wonderful cause.

Their target audience for volunteering includes anyone who is enthusiastic and willing to help them out by either walking the dogs, playing with the cats, cleaning the kennels or even spreading the word. Volunteering individuals are reached through their social media platforms and word of mouth. MFM radio is also a good promotional tool that is used, since it is based in Stellenbosch and attracts the right target audience to the Animal Welfare in Stellenbosch.

They have an upcoming event in Stellenbosch on the 2nd of October (Braktrap) where you can join the fun and walk a dog for R20. Be sure to check it out 🙂

Volunteering at the AWSS 🙂

Show them some love and support by following them on their social media accounts:

Instagram: animal_welfare_stellenbosch

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Animalwelfarestellenbosch

Twitter: https://twitter.com/animalwelfarest

[“You want to adopt? Phone them today”] 

Contact: 021 886 4901


Comment down below and share your positive experience with the AWSS 🙂

Have you been there yet?