“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” –Martin Buber


Fieldwork at ARO

What is it all about?
Fieldwork includes any work done for the welfare of animals outside and away from the hospital in Ottery. ARO currently has 3 mobile clinics and an Animal Carrier, which can carry around 10 animals. The mobile clinics work on a roster timetable in which each day of the week sees a clinic being conducted in a township or informal settlement community. Animals seen at a mobile clinic will be treated for primary health care related conditions such a parasite (flea and tick) control, including deworming and vaccinations.

Sterilisation is a major surgical procedure and can only be done at the hospital in Ottery. Animals are booked for the sterilisation procedure and will spend at least one night with ARO in the hospital before going home.

Vaccinations: in order to encourage an understanding of responsibility and value for the animal, ARO will charge R80 per vaccination. A hand out “free service” does nothing for the holistic welfare of the animal. However, ARO is always willing to negotiate and discuss each and every case individually with pet owners in the best interest of the welfare of the animal concerned.

AWA’s - Animal Welfare Assistants

ARO currently employs 3 registered AWA’s. These staff members work full time and conduct clinics within indigent areas weekly with their mobile unit. They are responsible for dealing with the public and as such are fluent in both English and Xhosa, with a little Afrikaans for good measure!

Payment is encouraged or requested depending on the treatment. ARO’s mandate is to create and/or encourage sustainable and affordable pet care practises to maintain a healthy pet. If the owner cannot afford to sterilise their pet, ARO will sponsor the costs, but we urge owners to pay something even if it is R20, towards the procedure in order to instil a culture of responsible pet ownership, and not a hand out mentality.

Breeding within indigent communities remains a huge problem despite everyone’s best efforts to cut down on litters born through constant sterilisation practises. ARO needs public support in order to continue reaching these communities. See SUPPORT ARO page

Dogs, Cats and what else…?

ARO often receives calls from the public about animals in pet shops and other places which are neglected or in distress of some kind. ARO can cater for a limited number of rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters and always has one or more of these little pets up for adoption. See ADOPTIONS. ARO also helps re home donkeys on occasion and sometimes has a donkey or two looking for homes. If you see wildlife in distress it is best to call the SPCA Wildlife Unit directly on 021-7004158; for all animal needs, if you call ARO we can refer you to the best place for assistance. It is best to call or email aro@animalrescue.org.za in connection with other pets you may be interested in or concerned about.


Mobile 1 Schedule

Mobile 2 Schedule

Mobile 3 Schedule


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