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.
In addition we look after stray and nuisance animals brought to us by the Municipality's law enforcement department, with whom we have a contract. If the animals are not claimed by their owners within 7 days, we attempt to rehome them.
The kennels can accommodate 50 - 60 dogs/puppies and the same number of cats/kittens during busy times. There are four separate cat rooms, all with an outside area. The dogs have a combination of small and roomier cages depending on the breed size. They also have large grassy outside areas where they can run about during the day and take a dip in small plastic pools during hot days.
We now operate our own independent clinic at the kennels (Since June 2013). This makes it possible to treat the animals in our care and those of our welfare clients at the kennels with the assistance of the vets we are working with. There are specific hours and this service is much more cost effective.
The welfare shop is run by one full-time manager, Sandra Corbett and several volunteers. It is fully stocked with goods and clothing donated mostly by generous members of the public. These are for sale and provide an invaluable service in raising funds to keep our kennels going.
HAWS is managed by a committee of dedicated volunteers, chaired by Ize Smith, who all have a specific portfolio of responsibilities. They meet every six weeks to discuss matters of interest in the running of the society.
We also have a volunteer dog behaviourist who assists with difficult cases from time to time and also helps train and stimulate our puppies.