Fisantekraal Animal Welfare (FAW) combats animal suffering through sterilisation, primary health care, and education. Founded in 2005, FAW is based in the impoverished communities of Fisantekraal and Greenville, near Durbanville, Western Cape, and helps the animals of these areas as well as nearby Klipheuwel, Morning Star (Durbanville), and surrounding farms.
FAW’s aim is to work in the community, with the community. Our mission is to reduce companion animal overpopulation, neglect, and abuse, while improving their conditions and empowering their owners to care for them. This helps to build a healthy community as a whole, both for animals and people.
Find out more about our history here: The FAW Story
Our main focus is animal sterilisation (spay and neuter) because it is crucial in reducing neglect and abuse. The less animals born into a bad situation, the better. By creating awareness in the community, showing how something can be done better, and sensitising pet owners, we believe that things CAN change.
Subsidised food programme
A combination of donated food and food we buy in bulk from our funds is used in a subsidised food programme, or given out when needed.
Primary healthcare, minor injuries and illness, vaccinations, and parasite control
We vaccinate against rabies in cats and dogs, canine parvovirus and distemper in dogs, and snuffles and other respiratory diseases in cats. We also treat injuries such as burns or bite wounds in our clinic; more serious injuries requiring x-rays and major surgery are taken to vets in Durbanville. We treat mange, ticks, and fleas on site; and rescue abused or neglected animals.
We believe in developing people and the community rather than making people feel that they cannot help themselves. In the long term, this will allow for better treatment of the animals, greater education and skills amongst community members, and overall community improvement.
Shelter and comfort
We assist with kennels for the many dogs who live outside all the time. We also aim to educate owners about tying up/chaining of dogs, and, if there’s no way they can be let loose, we assist with running wires so that dogs can move around. We arrange for longer-haired pooches with badly-matted hair to be clipped.
Our aim is not to remove animals from the area unnecessarily but, in the course of our primary work, we do have animals needing rehoming. These are mainly surrendered when owners can no longer afford them or are moving, rescued as strays, and, occasionally, removed due to neglect or abuse (when education has not resulted in improvement). As FAW does not have a shelter, these animals need foster homes where they can wait for adoption. As a responsible, reputable animal welfare, we have a strict adoption process and a fee which covers veterinary care. On average, we rehome around around 70 to 100 animals loving homes each year.