our mission

Our mission is to protect animals, to heal their sickness, to fight cruelty, and to educate others to do the same. We not only try to re-home unwanted animals, but also provide many services to the community aimed at improving conditions of animal welfare.

how we help

KAWS clinic

Our veterinary services (see listed below), by our resident veterinarian, Dr Aneska Loots are available to pets whose owners are on certain means-tested benefits. If you fall into this category, you need to check to see if you are in the catchment area.


services offered:

  • sterilisation

  • minor injuries

  • vaccinations

  • deworming

  • flea treatments

  • microchip


We find homes for unwanted cats and dogs across the Garden Route. For out of area adoptions the animal has to be older than six months with a local animal welfare society to conduct a property check.

adoption fees:

  • dogs // R650

  • cats // R600

This fee includes the first two vaccinations, de-worming, sterilisation and microchipping.


Please see our facebook page for adoption listings.

inspectors &


We currently have three inspectors working in the area from Harkerville to Sedgefield.

services offered:

  • collection of injured, unwanted and stray animals

  • community education

073 461 9825

24 hour emergency line

facilities &

other services

We also offer other services and facilities as listed below.

services offered:

  • safe haven for stray/unwanted animals

  • holding kennels open 24 hours



sterilisation project

This project was launched in March 2017 and sterilised 738 animals in the same year. Our aim for 2018 is to sterilise 1000 animals


Donate R350 and we will sterilise an animal from a less fortunate area, in your name.


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cash donations

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

You can make a donation via EFT into the KAWS bank account:

Knysna Animal Welfare Society

Bank: FNB

Branch code: 210-214

Branch name: Knysna

Account number: 527-000-33-146 

Credit Card

via PayPal

Please note: We can only accept donations in US Dollars, via PayPal. Your credit card statement will reflect the Rand amount debited, according to the rate of exchange, on day the donation was made. 

become a member

KAWS Member

Become a member of KAWS by making either a monthly or annual donation, or you could make a once-off life-time donation.

As a member of KAWS, you will be placed on our database, will receive all communications from KAWS and you will be entitled to vote at the annual general meeting.


Download the KAWS membership form.


Please print, complete and mail it to us, post to address on form or deliver to KAWS, 1 Marlin Street, Hunters Home, Knysna.

gift donations

Gifting Ideas

Why not consider giving a donation to KAWS in lieu of a birthday, anniversary or Christmas gift? 
We will send a notification, and greeting, to the recipient to inform them that the donation has been made.

Should you wish to make use of this option, please contact us.

estate planning

Leave a bequest to Knysna Animal Welfare Society

If you are considering leaving a bequest to Knysna Animal Welfare Society (KAWS) in your Will, we have drawn up a Codicil form to assist you with this.
Please contact us and we will send you a copy or you can download it  and print it out. All you will need to do is fill it in and attach it to your Will. Your money will be carefully spent and will benefit many.

your time

Volunteer at KAWS

One of the greatest things that you can donate is your time.
Volunteers are the life-blood of KAWS.
We need volunteers to walk the dogs, play with the cats, help out in the office, work in the KAWS charity shop, assist with fund raising events; the possibilities are endless!
Should you wish to volunteer, please complete the volunteer application form or contact us.

food donations

Food Donations

Should you be able to assist with food donations for our animals, our doggies 
absolutely LOVE Montego, Hills, Vet's Choice & Royal Canin and our kitties LOVE Hills!
We will gladly accept any other makes of food as this food goes a long way in feeding not only the kennel animals, but our clinic animals & animals in the poorer areas of Knysna & surrounds as well!

Where do I drop it off?

You can drop off the food at the KAWS kennels at 1 Marlin Street, Hunters Home OR
you can drop it off at any of the following KAWS food collection bins:

  • Knysna Vet on Trotter Street

  • Pick n Pay

  • Spar

  • Pet & Pool Warehouse

our wishlist

If wishes came true

At KAWS, the care of animals requires a lot of time, money, love and supplies. We have compiled a wish list of items that will help with the day-to-day care of our animals and support our operational needs:

  • xray machine

  • aircon unit

  • misting fans

  • shade cloth

  • kiddies plastic pools

  • towels & polar fleece blankets

  • white boards & notice boards

  • fencing & building materials

  • cat litter, cat toys & scratching posts

  • dog toys, Kongs, collars & leads

  • cat carriers

  • shelves & brackets

  • shade cloth

  • grass for dog runs

  • cat traps

  • fold up play pen

  • catch pole

  • pens, markers and general stationery

  • wooden and plastic pallets

  • wheelie bins

  • handymen/maintenance team

  • dedicated volunteers

  • clothes, books and bric-a-brac for our charity shop 

  • security gate

  • someone to help keep the gardens at KAWS beautiful

  • kennels for the township dogs

my village

My Village

An indirect, but effortless way of donating money to KAWS, is to get a My Village card. By applying for a card and making KAWS your beneficiary, every time your card is swiped at a participating outlet, money is donated to KAWS. If you don't yet have a card, apply now.

Type in:  Knysna Animal Welfare Society in the ‘Search for beneficiary’ box, and follow the prompts.

You can swipe your card at the following outlets: Waltons, Kalahari.com, Jacks Paint, Woolworths, Supa Quick, Engen Quick Shops, Evalunet, Reggies, Altech Netstar, Power.24.co.za, My School Travel,Toys R Us.


Apply for a card today and immediately start supporting KAWS!


contact us

Knysna Animal Welfare Services / Clinic & Kennels

Thanks! Message sent.

Mon – Fri

08:30 – 16:00


09:00 – 11:00

1 Marlin Street

Hunters Home



044 384 1603 or

044 384 0991

during office hours

073 461 9825

24 hour emergency line

Knysna Animal Welfare Services / Charity Shop

Thanks! Message sent.

3 Market Street



Mon – Thu

10:00 – 14:00


10:00 – 16:00


09:00 – 12:00

044 382 1312

during office hours