You will find Hermanus Animal Welfare at two places in the village. The one is the kennel complex in Steenbras Street in the industrial area, where all our animals are kept. The second is the welfare charity shop in Mitchell Street in central Hermanus. At the kennels there are eleven permanent members of staff headed by Lenke Elferink, our kennel manager.. In addition, volunteers come in on a daily basis to care for the cats and dogs. Our work consists mainly in responding to reports of animal abuse and looking after starving, maltreated, abandoned and sick animals and rehoming them. A dipping and anti-parasite service is also provided at the kennels for a nominal fee.
Can you believe it we have been helping the lost, sick and abused animals of Hermanus for the past 45 years. Improvements have been taking place each year but in the last 6 months we have taken a big leap forward and exciting changes have been happening.
The society was founded in 1969 by Lynne Penver and friends Majorie Wallace, Maureen Poole and Tiny Cloete. They realized even then that there was a need to provide care for neglected, lost and sick animals. Initially they cared for the animals in their own homes, paying the costs themselves.
This is now my 9th year on the committee and I can with all honesty say that this is a very competent and committed committee. We meet every 6 weeks to discuss what action to take and what is priority for this organization. I would like to thank my committee for their hard work, dedication and many hours sacrificed for the organization.
We lost a very passionate and dedicated committee person and friend, Esthe Jordaan, who was our fundraising Portfolio holder. We will miss you dearly may you rest in peace.
To my dedicated staff a big thank you for continuously doing a sterling job and cope with all the daily challenges. Together they make a formidable team.
My excitement and reward is still fieldwork.
The Hermanus Animal Welfare Society, or HAWS as we are more commonly known, is well known in the area of Hermanus and we take our responsibility for, and commitment to Animal Welfare very seriously. In addition, we maintain a strong commitment to partnering with our local communities to improve the lives of both the community and their animals.