Kitty and Puppy Haven is a pro-life sanctuary started in 2000 with the main purpose of rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing neglected, abused and abandoned or orphaned animals (mostly kittens and puppies as well as pregnant and feeding moms). Our mission is to provide the animals in our care with the best medical attention, dietary requirements and above all love and attention while we nurse them back to health. We ensure that all of these animals are nursed back to full health so they can be sterilised and ready for adoption. They are then placed (through our adoption process with strict criteria and home checks) in suitable, loving forever homes with families to call their own. In our rescue work we alleviate suffering, save lives and ensure that 1000’s of animals cannot breed and produce more offspring.
For the past 20 years Kitty and Puppy Haven, now based in Midrand, Johannesburg, have been fighting for the rights of injured, abused and neglected animals. We have had heartache when we haven’t been able to save some babies and hearts full of joy, when the most the horrific rescues have survived, thrived and found incredible homes. Over the years we have grown from a home based sanctuary to one of the biggest rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing sanctuaries in South Africa. We are known for our passion, dedication and care towards all the animals under our care. We give over one hundred percent and spare no expense financially nor emotionally for our animals. Kitty and Puppy Haven will not euthanize any animals if they can be healed and have a healthy, pain free, happy life.
Most of our rescues originate from disadvantaged backgrounds (from low income areas, squatter camps, townships, other welfare organizations and veterinary practices or as a result of emergency rescues) and many need extensive veterinary care and rehabilitation. We house and care for between 300 – 400 kittens/cats and puppies/dogs at any one time and our rescues range in age from new born to geriatric dogs and cats. We also have rescue pigs, chickens and ducks in our farmyard. The sanctuary has isolation facilities for our new intakes of puppies/dogs and kittens/cats, a parvo and snuffles ward to treat affected babies as well as a primary healthcare clinic to ensure basic healthcare for our rescues and we work closely with a number of veterinary practices who assist with treatments, medical procedures, surgeries and sterilisations. Every animal receives standard basic healthcare – vaccinations, de-worming, tick and flea control and sterilisation and become available for adoption once they are healthy and ready to be homed and will remain in our care for as long as it takes for them to find a suitable loving home. All of our animals receive medical care as and when it is required and our monthly vet bills average between R50 000 – R60 000.
All the rescue and rehabilitation work we do is funded solely by public donations, public and corporate sponsorships and through fund raising initiatives. We rely completely on the generosity of the animal loving public. While animal rescue and rehabilitation is our priority, educating people on basic animal care is also critical. We aim to make pet guardians more responsible and knowledgeable and understand the importance of sterilising their pets to prevent unwanted litters and unnecessary suffering and work with numerous surrounding communities and organisations to this end.