ARO Annual Golf Day 2021

Despite the gloomy weather and risk of drenched players, our Golf Day was a great success and enjoyed by the players and all who attended.  The day started off with players rolling in to register and receiving a little goodie bag to keep up their energy out on the course.  A highlight of their tee off was a welcome from the sweetest little fella named Jimmy, one of ARO’s very own dogs that was saved during the City of Cape Town’s sterilisation project. 

From special deliveries from Butlers Pizza to all the players, delicious wine tasting from Tierhoek Wine and delectable Kaapse Liqueur gin, brandy and liqueur tasting, the day went from strength to strength.  Players were able to enjoy their evening in the warmth of King David Mowbray Golf Clubs dining room chatting about their round before the formalities started.

We were overjoyed with the generosity from the players for supporting our Auction and Raffle.  ARO extends a heartfelt THANK YOU to all the golfers including the support of Trevor Quirk, JP Duminy and Herschelle Gibbs, all the staff at King David Mowbray Golf Club, the sponsors, Jimmy and his mom Nicole, the volunteers and ARO board members for making ARO’s Golf Day a great success.

Until next time…


ARO robbed at gunpoint

Sadly, ringing in the New Year went belly up when we were held up by gunpoint by a group of men pretending to be prospective customers.  After gaining access, the thugs rounded up all the staff while they cleared us out and damaged our property before getting away with our office and clinic computers, cell phones, personal belongings belonging to our staff and ripping out all the cabling to our switchboard and security cameras.   The costs to recoup what has been taken or damaged is excessive for an animal welfare to replace.  It is unthinkable that an organisation that dedicates all its efforts into helping sick and suffering animals in the poorest communities could be a target!  

If you are in a position to assist ARO with upgrading our current security and replacing any of the equipment, please click here


ARO loses a beloved staff member RIP Sharon Adams

We are saddened to share the news that we lost a beloved colleague in December due to COVID19.  Sharon Adams, who dedicated 26 years of service to ARO, was our financial administrator who managed the collection tins and will be remembered by many for her positivity and encouraging attitude.  All the staff at ARO miss Sharon terribly and there hasn’t been a day that we have not thought of her and her family. 

Rest well Sharon, you will remain in our hearts forever.


ARO joins City of Cape Town Mass Sterilisation Campaign

ARO has joined forces with other welfare organisations in the City of Cape’s mass sterilisation campaign. We are aiming to sterilise at least 250 animals from Mitchell’s Plain before the end of February 2021.  Our Mobile Clinic is being used to collect and deliver animals for this city funded project. 

This will reduce the amount of unwanted animals that are subjected to suffering and neglect as a result. Sterilisation is of paramount importance to managing pet populations and ending the cycle of animal abuse and cruelty.

Other benefits of sterilisation include:

  • Sterilised animals are healthier; they have reduced instances of cancers and infections of the genital tract and breast cancer).
  • They are less likely to roam resulting in a lower accident rate.
  • They are less likely to show sex-related behavioural issues, i.e. aggression, dominant behaviour, fighting and even spray-marking of territory
  • Fewer euthanasia’s
  • Reduced pressure on animal welfare services

Second Chances

Covid has had devastating effects on everyone and our team have been faced with the harsh reality of how badly the poorest of communities have been hit.  Animals are starving, sick and badly neglected but ARO is doing everything we can to give those animals a SECOND CHANCE. We are treating the sick, feeding the hungry and showing compassion to those animals, even if it is in their final hours.

ARO has launched the SECOND CHANCES campaign to help more animals, with the help of our donors.  Many donors jumped on board to show their support and in return, were gifted with a super trendy ARO branded buff with a matching dog bandana for their beloved pets.  Acana generously sponsored a bag dog food to each donor.  

Outreach Project

Mandela Day Outreach Project

After postponing our Mandela Day initiative this year, ARO decided to visit Delft in celebration of World Animal Day to hand out dog food to pet owners waiting to be seen by our AWA’s (Animal Welfare Assistants) on our Mobile Clinics.

As part of the outreach project, ARO partnered with an incredible group of ladies, K4C (Knitting for Charity) who knitted 67 beautiful beanies and scarves which was handed out to children with fruit and treats. 

Thank you to all our supporters and Absolute Pets who donated heaps of dog food which we decanted and packed ‘doggy-bags’ that were handed out to pet owners in the queue.   The smiles of appreciation that we received has made us realise how desperate the need of caring for the community is and that our work can be stretched a little bit further.

Our hope is that by showing more compassion to the owners and educating them on responsible pet care and other animal matters, that they in turn will assist us with our mission to reach as many animals as our resources will allow.


Meet Mitch, our spokes-canine

 Have you ever seen a more precious little face? 

Many of our donors and supporters know that COVID-19 has had devastating effects on all of us. Our team has been faced with the harsh reality of how severely the marginalised communities have been hit. Animals are sick, starved and mistreated but ARO is doing everything we can to give these animals a SECOND CHANCE. 

We are treating the sick, feeding the hungry and showing compassion to these animals.During this time, ARO joined the City of Cape Town for the annual Mass Sterilisation Drive, Mitch was brought in from our Mobile Clinic to be sterilised. When he was returned home, his owners decided they were no longer able to care for him financially, and he was surrendered to ARO. 

Our team had been discussing the possibility of adopting a dog to be a part of the ARO team as our ambassador and ‘spokes-canine’ This seemed like the perfect chance for ARO to give Mitch his SECOND CHANCE!

ARO’s trendy buffs and matching dog bandanas are quite a hit and supporters can continue to help by donating R200 or more to receive the combo. Donors that contributed R1000 or more were blown away with their incredible pet portraits done by Ashley Chapman.