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What does The Society for Animals in Distress do?

The Society is a welfare veterinary care provider; we drive access to veterinary care for animals in low to no income targeted communities. Our services and foci are funded by donors and sustainable income streams and we are proudly supported by committed volunteers who increase our capacity to successfully deliver our mandate. All services are rendered within the financial and professional capacity afforded to us.


What is unique to The Society?

We are unique in that we integrate local communities in our processes through education, participation and skills development. Through our SAID Enterprise Engagement division of The Society, we have pioneered the Animal Health Technician (AHT) mentorship program concept and lead the way in empowering graduate youth with a widened scope of employment possibilities. While contributing and providing opportunities to the active economic participation of professional youth, we successfully promote our focus in the securing of future professional competency, commitment and the necessary capacity to achieve our mission of driving access to veterinary care across South Africa.


How long has The Society been in existence?

The Society for Animals in Distress was established in 1958.


Why is mentorship of graduates important?

One of the major contributing factors to animal abuse and neglect is the lack of knowledge and affordable, readily available access to professional veterinary care services. The mentorship of para-veterinary graduate youth provides current and future capacity solutions to address this dire need. Every mentored graduate para-veterinarian holds the key to greatly reduce the suffering of animals, they minimise the number of animals requiring rescue and in turn the over-crowding of rescue facilities. Another critical factor made possible by graduate mentorship, is the stemming of the dilution of donor funding that is currently crippling solution based progress. 


Does The Society charge poor clients for their services?

The Society charges a heavily discounted welfare cost for veterinary service according to the client’s financial circumstances. In our experience, a nominal donation requested from clients increases the likelihood that the patient will be supported by a committed owner. Clients who are serviced by The Society receive service excellence and are dependent and grateful for the rapid response they receive. The development of trust in The Society’s professional staff engenders pride in our clients’ commitment to their animals.


What is your facility in Midrand used for?

The Society’s facility in Midrand comprises a state of the art hospital to deliver veterinary care, internal outreach programs and provide the space required to mentor graduate youth. The facility incorporates 203 fit for purpose kennels, an equine care centre, paddocking for herd animals and equine, administration offices and storage facilities.


Can I trust that my donation will be invested in the alleviation of animal suffering?

The Society is singularly focussed in welfare professional veterinary care. Every cent received is valued and administered directly into our mandate and proven in the results gained from our mission to drive access to veterinary care. 


What happens to the animals after The Society has provided veterinary care?

The animals are returned to their owners. It is our experience that working with owners through monitoring, professional services and a regular presence, delivers the most effective results in the development of knowledge and animal care skills. Our education is directed not only to the care of the returned patient, but serves to protect every successive animal the owner may take care of. The witnessing of the circumstances of individual clients, by our mobile unit teams, directs and ensures the integrity of our intervention.


How many animals does The Society provide veterinary care for?

The Society is a daily monitor and presence in the targeted informal settlements north and north east of Johannesburg. Any public person can request assistance for their animals (T’s & C’s apply). The Society provides an average of 80 000 animal treatments per year. Our high volume outreach services also include the support of communities outside of our targeted areas and other animal care organisations. 


In integrating the community in animal welfare, how does The Society provide meaningful opportunities to informal settlement and rural community members?

The Society draws their graduate youth mentorship candidates from rural areas throughout South Africa. Mentorship opportunities provided to the candidates serve to address the loss of professional graduate value to unemployment. The Society also employs the services of local unskilled, informal settlement community members, in supporting roles for each employed mentored professional graduate. These supporting roles in turn increase our education platform as they share their experience with others.


How does The Society’s focus positively benefit other animal welfare organisations, rescue facilities or the general populous?

The Society provides veterinary services to several animal welfare organisations and rescue facilities at affordable rates. These rates assist these organisations and rescue facilities to conserve their income and adequately serve the animals in their charge. The Society’s mandate and ethical responsibility does not exclude veterinary services to those who can afford or have access to afford private veterinary practices. These potential clients can request The Society’s veterinary services, post a legally required means test. Charges are allocated according to the results of the means test. When seeking the veterinary services of The Society, it must be understood, that limited diagnostic equipment is available. Clients are advised of the veterinary limitations in a welfare environment and accept our services by completing all documentation required. 


Does The Society educate communities?

Education is the cornerstone of The Society’s approach. Poverty has a huge impact in the communities we serve and it is only through educating animal care and backing up education with veterinary service, that we are able to make a meaningful and sustainable difference in the lives of animals.


How can you assist animals across South Africa?

Donating to The Society via the varied platforms is not limited to the illustrated options on the back of this communication. Your investment through the enterprise engagement focus, of the SAID division, will build capital resources to secure future developmental requirements. Your donation or investment into our solution driven cause will advance the multiple benefits derived from driving access to veterinary care. You will be instrumental in cementing the future of professional veterinary services for all, employment opportunities, sustained effective animal care education and the protection and power of donor funded resources. The ultimate prize however is the alleviation of the unnecessary suffering of animals that produces a direct, positive knock on effect for children and our people.


Can I visit The Society and learn more about the organisation?

We welcome visitors and encourage an active interest in the alleviation of animal suffering through investment. To arrange a visit please contact our team by contacting: 083 640 8827


MySchool - SMS “JOIN” and “Society for Animals in Distress SAID” for free to 31231

Donor Engagement - contact Sally: animals@animalsindistress.org.za 083-640-8827

Enterprise Engagement - contact Karin: business@said.org.za 083-640-8824

Debit Order - Forms can be found on: https://www.animalsindistress.org.za

Donor Membership - contact Sally: animals@animalsindistress.org.za 083-640-8827

Fundraising Co-Ordinator - contact Memory: office@animalsindistress.org.za 078-120-9645



Banking Details: 5147 0054 747

First National Bank

Branch code 252105

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