Animal Welfare Hospital

Helping Animals

ARO Veterinary Hospital

The ARO hospital has the capacity to take in up to 60 dogs and in the region of 20 cats for a short stay welfare hospital treatment such as sterilisation or an orthopaedic procedure, but is not an adoption shelter and as such concentrates on the welfare treatment of sick and suffering animals from the most indigent areas of the Cape, including, but not limited to the surrounding Phillipi farming areas, Guguletu, Wesbank, Browns Farm, Delft and Nyanga.

Animals are treated for a wide variety of conditions from disease to neglect and cruelty. A limited number of healthy pets, which have been screened for suitability are offered by ARO for adoption.  Owners are educated on how to care for their pets and are able to learn more about responsible pet care habits including sterilisation and vaccination.

Animals which are the victim of neglect and cruelty will not be returned to their owners.

The ARO hospital is funded by public donations and does not receive Government grants. Lottery funding is limited and ARO is required to fundraise to maintain the hospital services to the poor with an income budget of around five million rand required annually.

ARO does not adhere to any “label” and does everything possible to save lives within its capabilities.

The hospital opens an onsite Day Clinic from Monday to Thursday 08h30 – 16h30, Friday 11h00 - 16h30 and Saturday 09h00 – 12h00 and is able to see patients from owners whose gross household income is R20 000 or less.

Vetshop products and general pet care items are for sale at the clinic.

To support ARO’s hospital with a donation, head to our donate page. Section 18a certificates are available on request.

Hospital Services

General Consultations


Parasite Control


General Surgery


General Procedures

Mobile Clinic