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.
Time flies when you are busy and the HAWS team have certainly been kept very busy over the past five months. Some of you may have noticed the renovations taking place at HAWS. Much excitement is in the air as our newly renovated clinic has, at long last, reached the final stages of completion. We had a slight hiccup in February when, due to that heavy rain storm, our new clinic suffered some water damage. We were devastated to see the damage as painting of the interior of the clinic had only just been completed. Our staff were wonderful during the rain storm and, despite this being after hours, rallied round to stem the flow of water into the clinic and to limit the damage. Of course, care was also taken to ensure all our animals were safe and dry.