The tale of African Tails…
Once upon a time in December 2006, an organisation called African Tails was born. Its is set on the dusty streets of Du Noon and Joe Slovo townships in Cape Town, where African Tails strives to curb the over-population and suffering of abused and neglected township dogs.
Everyone at African Tails is bound by their love for the uniquely African dog, known as Canis Africanis, frequently found in rural areas and on the streets of South Africa’s informal settlements.
To give every abused and neglected street dog the happy ending they deserve. Sure, the township isn’t the ideal setting for a fairytale-style happy ending. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.
Whether it’s finding a puppy a loving new home, feeding a starving stray, curbing the cycle of over-population through regular sterilisation campaigns or simply euthanasing a suffering animal, African Tails is doing its best to write new stories of hope and triumph in the places that truly need them most.
The ever-increasing number of stray dogs adds fuel to the cycle of abuse, suffering and neglect. With this in mind, our key focus areas are:
- Sterilisation – we fund sterilisations on a weekly/monthly basis in Du Noon, Joe Slovo, Vissershok and other townships around Cape Town. To date we have successfully sterilised over 1000 dogs
- Education – We are presently focusing on educating the urban public about sterilization and the positive attributes of the incredible Canis Africanis. As well as educating the township communities about responsible animal care through weekly sessions with an African Tails representative
- Rescue and rehoming – So far we have rescued over 300 puppies and dogs from townships, giving them the second chance they need and deserve. The process includes a site visit, official documentation and ensuring that the dog is sterilized, healthy and up-to-date with all vaccinations.
- Feeding – we feed over 150 township dogs every day in Joe Slovo & Du Noon.
African Tails does not have a shelter facility. We operate on a system of foster homes in and around the greater Cape Town area. Please contact us to find out further information on any dogs/pups, or if you are interested in adopting, donating, volunteering, etc.