Established in 2012, Tom Ro Haven is a registered NPO which rescues abused and neglected horses and ponies and rehabilitates them at their premises in Noordhoek, Cape Town. The horses and ponies at the Haven are then used in equine assisted healing programmes, focusing on children and young adults deemed to be at risk, or who have suffered from physical or emotional trauma. By using horses to heal and awaken empathy, compassion and respect, the Haven aims to not only change the lives of horses, but to positively impact the local community too. Our Mission is to rescue and rehabilitate as many horses and ponies as possible and maintain a safe ‘forever’ home for them. To develop and implement more equine-assisted healing programmes aimed at helping children and adults who are victims of human trafficking, have been physically or mentally abused, are suffering from substance abuse or have mental health issues.
The Cart Horse Protection Association is a non-profit Cape Town based animal welfare organisation. Our vision – to establish a centre of excellence for working equine welfare in the Western Cape. Our mission – promote the welfare of working horses and donkeys in the Western Cape through service provision, legislation, education and training. Our aims – to protect working cart horses and donkeys on the Cape Flats from abuse; initiate an outreach programme for working horses and donkeys in the Western Cape; establish a formal Youth Programme on the Cape Flats. The carting industry as we know it today has a proud heritage rooted in District Six where horses and carts were used to “smous” (hawk) fish, fruit, vegetables, bottles and bones. Horses were kept in community stables, traveled short distances with light loads and business was lucrative for the cart horse owner. With the forced removals to the Cape Flats, the lives of cart horse owners, their family and their horses took a turn for the worst. Far from their markets, hawking was no longer a viable option and communities began using horses and carts to collect scrap metal to generate an income. This new carting industry led to the renting out of horses and carts and an increase in cart horse operators who had limited knowledge on how to properly care for and maintain a working horse. Consequently, badly shod, thin, overloaded, overworked and abused working cart horses became a common site on Cape Town’s roads. Cart Horse Protection Association was established in 1995 to support owners and to address the welfare issues prevalent in the industry at this time. It is our belief that if owners and drivers have access to affordable services, are educated on proper horse care and have an understanding of animal welfare legislation, we can reduce the risk of horses’ welfare being compromised. Currently we support cart horse owners, drivers and guards from 21 different areas on the Cape Flats, who use cart horses as a means of transport, collecting scrap metal and/or garden refuse and rubble to generate an income for themselves and their families.
The Western Cape Equine Trust (WCET), a registered Public Benefit Organisation (PBO), has been raising funds to help improve the life of equines since 2005. Its REHOMING PROGRAM focuses specifically on the safe and secure future of Thoroughbred racehorses once they are retired from their racing career. Many of them are retired as young as 2 or 3 years old. Have a look at the following video that gives a snippet of all we do and our passion and love for ex racehorses The Western Cape Equine Trust is totally committed to its REHOMING PROGRAM, all run by volunteers and funded by donations, with the grateful support of the local racing industry and some wonderful individuals. Most of the equines come directly from racing, having been donated by owners, trainers and breeders who care about the future of their horses and a few have come through ‘rescue’ situations, having been sold on and landed up in dire circumstances. The early days at the centre are spent doing groundwork, assessing temperament and ability and then progress to schooling under saddle, all with a gentle, holistic approach. When the Rehoming team is satisfied that a horse is ready for re-homing, it is advertised through various channels, to a large database of horse lovers. The Program operates from Langverwagt Farm (Zevenwacht Rd, Kuils River, Cape Town) with excellent facilities for ex-racehorses, where they have the freedom of the outdoors during the day and are stabled at night. The WCET assesses the suitability of a potential owner who is obliged to work with the chosen horse at the facility, prior to application. Strict terms and conditions are applied in the Rehoming process. ‘Home’ inspections are undertaken with annual follow-up inspections and we ask that owners keep us posted of the horses’ progress. A horse can be moved or sold on but the WCET has to be informed before it is moved and all of the above applies to the next owner. It is imperative that the WCET is always aware of the whereabouts and wellbeing of every equine that graduates from its program. Since the Rehoming Program’s inception, we have rehomed in excess of over 140 ex-racehorses, who have graduated to wonderful, loving homes, many, with new careers in other equine disciplines, whilst others have been given a chance to retire to a life of sunshine, green pastures and good friends.
Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary provides a permanent refuge for abused, neglected and elderly donkeys. Promoting the welfare and status of donkeys through a culture of caring. In 2001, Dr Johan & Annemarie van Zijl of McGregor village in the Western Cape of South Africa responded to a request from the SPCA to provide shelter for two badly neglected donkeys. The two fellows arrived and were named Vaal & Japie - "vaaljapie" is an Afrikaans term for everyday wine. Soon it became evident that there were many other donkeys similarly in desperate need of food, water, shelter and care. The dream of a Donkey Sanctuary was born. The experience with the first two donkeys was in effect to serve as a pilot project for Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary. During this period many more abused, discarded and elderly donkeys could have been taken in, but lack of space and limited resources did not yet allow for this. Foster homes were found, with some difficulty, for these donkeys. In April 2007, Adam arrived from Zoar (near Ladismith), followed shortly by Ida and Thabo, working donkeys from the McGregor area. Other donkeys followed coming from places like Somerset West, Cape Town, Wellington and Atlantis. Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary was officially opened to the public by David Kramer, our Patron, in November 2007.
Have a Heart Equine Sanctuary is a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO 210005) for horses and farm animals and was founded in 2017. The Sanctuary gives all equines in need a place of safety, love and a chance for a new life. Our goal is to care for horses that have been neglected, abused, abandoned or are unmanageable to their current owners. We take in equines in need of medical attention and/or behavioural training. Their care will be tracked throughout their lives to ensure their permanent safety. The Sanctuary also exists to educate the public about equine care and rehabilitation. Have a Heart Equine Sanctuary does not only take in equines, we offer a safe and loving home to all farm animals that will live out their days on our farm. We provide a re-homing service to suitable homes on a special adoption policy for equines whose owners can no longer afford them. Should you wish to adopt one of our horses, please see our Adopt a Horse page. If you are unable to adopt a horse, but could offer temporary care by fostering one of our horses before they find their forever home. The education of horse owners and communities in areas in which we work is a vital part of our organisation. We make every effort to first educate owners before we remove horses, but there are unfortunately many people who cannot, or often will not, try to improve their horses’ condition. If an animal’s well-being is at risk, we will step in and confiscate the animal. We investigate cases of neglect, cruelty and abuse reported by the public. Should you know of any animals currently facing any form of abuse, neglect or abandonment, please report this to us. Under no circumstances will your details be given out to anyone without your express permission.
At Dassenberg Rescue Centre, we express our love in simple actions, rather than big words. When an animal first steps onto our farm, they move into a new life. We rescue, rehabilitate and re-home neglected horses and dogs, and help them transition from neglected to loved, from sad to happy, from desperate to hopeful – and even beautiful. We fight against animal abuse, specializing in before and after stories – stories that revolve around the efforts of incredible people, animal people. At Dassenberg Rescue Centre, we express our love in simple actions, rather than big words.