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

2019 Mandela Day 3


Having a pet in your life is a privilege and not a right.

Sterilisation of animals brought for treatments is mandatory.  Sterilisation is required at the second vaccination date, as ARO will not support breeding of animals which belong to welfare level indigent families. ARO is not funded by the Government and has to raise approximately R7million annually by way of donations, gifts in kind, grants, legacies and special fundraising events.

For all hospital enquiries please contact Senior Veterinarian Dr Reuben Kotze vet@animalrescue.org.za

ARO reserves the right to request a means test before treatment is given.



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.

Opening hours
Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm

5 Olieboom Road, Ottery, Cape Town

021-3965511 | 082 836 5880


For all hospital & fieldwork related
enquiries please contact:

Supervisor Fagan Vollenhoven
021 396 5511

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 R5million 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 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday and is able to see patients from owners whose gross household income is R15 000 or less.

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

To support ARO’s hospital with a donation, please click here and donate. Section 18a certificates are available on request.


Priscilla Diniso has worked for ARO for many years and is registered with the SA Veterinary Council as an Animal Welfare Assistant (AWA), permitted to work under Dr Kotze on a mobile clinic within the impoverished communities of Cape Town.


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