Before 2001 the over-population of malnourished, mange-ridden and neglected dogs within the underprivileged community of Kleinmond attracted the attention of 70-year-old Yvonne Pretorius.
Yvonne started visiting these areas daily, advising dog owners on proper feeding and care for their animals, and on the benefits of having them sterilised. As the community is largely unemployed, the standard cost of sterilisation is far out of the reach of these animal owners. So, Yvonne approached the local municipality for help.
They agreed that an animal welfare organisation was both necessary and urgent. In 2001, the Kleinmond Animal Welfare Society came into being and now serves the area between Rooi-Els and Kleinmond, including Betty’s Bay, Salandra and Pringle Bay.
The KAWS journey started with a committee consisting of a chairperson, vice-chairperson, treasurer and secretary, along with portfolio managers for fieldwork, the KAWS Community Veterinary Clinic and KAWS kennel project, volunteers, education, publicity, fundraising, and membership. Our local vet is an active ex-officio committee member and assists with the Community Veterinary Clinic and our KAWS Cadet initiative.