Who we are
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, chickens and goats, roam for food.
This desperate situation motivated the establishment of St Francis Animal Rescue – a charity run by a small group of volunteers, all of whom are passionate animal lovers.
Our focus is on working with people who live in Sea Vista – adults and children – and teaching them the value of loving, respecting and caring for their animals.
It was this desperate situation that motivated the establishment of St Francis Animal Rescue by a small group of volunteers, all of whom are passionate animal lovers.
The volunteers of St Francis Animal Rescue are driven by a desire to sterilize as many cats and dogs as possible in our township of Sea Vista and, in so doing, improve the quality of life of these animals.
Our sterilization campaign – Open Your Eyes & Sterilize is now in its third year and, during that time, we have sterilized an average of 5-6 cats and dogs every week.
As we have grown in size and capability, we have extended our mission to include feeding, vaccinating and providing medical care for animals in need. We also offer comfort to animals in the form of kennels, bedding, blankets, feeding and drinking bowls, collars and leads. Wherever possible, we encourage the donation of these items although we also regularly raise funds to purchase what we need.
Each year, working in collaboration with dedicated local vets – Dr Nerine Botha from Aloe Vet, St Francis Bay and Dr Annelise Barker from Humansdorp Vets – St Francis Animal Rescue sterilizes upwards of three hundred dogs and over a hundred cats, many of these feral.
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