St Francis Animal Rescue

St Francis Animal Rescue


“An activist is someone who cannot help but fight for something. That person is usually not motivated by a need for power or money or fame but is, in fact, driven slightly mad by some injustice, some cruelty, some unfairness …so much so that he or she is compelled by an internal moral engine to act to make things better.”

Eva Ensler – author, playwright, feminist.

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St Francis Bay is a coastal town, famous not only for its unique beauty, but also for being considered a ‘Dog Paradise’.

Dog lovers abound here and, wherever you go, you will see dogs in cars and boats, walking the beaches, the rugged, fynbos paths near the lighthouse in Cape St Francis, bounding along Rocky Coast and digging at the sandy river mouth. Most dogs in St Francis Bay are blessed with love, good food, exercise and comfort in abundance.

In our adjacent informal settlement of Sea Vista, a great many dogs are less fortunate.

It’s no secret the Eastern Cape is one of the poorest provinces in South Africa and Sea Vista, like so many townships in our country, is a place where residents face a daily struggle to survive. Families, trapped in poverty, struggle to feed themselves, let alone their animals. Within Sea Vista and on the verges of busy roads skirting this settlement, not only hungry dogs but cows, pigs and goats, roam for food.

It was this desperate situation that motivated the establishment of


‘St Francis Animal Rescue’ – a charity founded by a small group of volunteers who are all passionate animal lovers.

Sea Vista clinic at work