Stitch – Our Miracle Boy…


Warning: not for sensitive viewers. Contains descriptions and photographs of an upsetting nature including animal neglect and abuse.

Written by Karin de Beer – KAWS (Kleinmond Animal Welfare Society) Administration Officer

Professional photography by Shannon Fletcher

Stitch arrived at Kleinmond Animal Welfare Society on the 15th of March 2021. He was found trapped in a snare by people walking in the forest. How he got there or where he’s from, we don’t know. According to the vet who treated him, he’d been lying in the snare during ice-cold and rainy winter days for at least two weeks. Stitch is a miracle!

It’s a miracle he was found. It was a miracle he survived the four-hour surgery, and it’s a miracle that he recovered in a way that no one could tell that his body was almost cut in half.

Stitch is estimated to be six or seven years old – he is a very gentle and obedient soul. He gives cuddles, always stays away from trouble, and he loves a little playtime; but even more, eh loves to relax in the sun and go for slow walks.

He has a good relationship with everyone and everything, and he’ll let puppies sleep on top of him for comfort! Stitch is wonderful, he is a miracle, and he deserved the best home!

After plenty of love, cuddles and recuperation, Stitch was adopted on the 25th of June 2021 by Helena Freislich and now leads the life he deserves.

Helena Freislich, Stitches new owner, shares… READ MORE.

Letter of Thanks

28 June 2022

Dear Karen, Staff and Volunteers at KAWS


My 80-year-old mom and I often come to Betty’s. A visit to KAWS is always on the agenda as we feel so welcome there and enjoy the animals, people, and lovely shop. After our beloved Staffie passed, it took us a while to find the right new addition to our family. Eventually we were able to visit KAWS. Karin listened carefully to our needs and immediately identified Tatum as the right dog for us.


This week, on the 1st of July, Tatum has been with us for a year! She is such a special soul that fit perfectly with our family. We adore her and can not thank KAWS enough for this blessing in our lives. She is a gentle soul, fierce protector and adorable love-bug. We cannot thank Karin enough for her insight and assistance in choosing Tatum.


We kept the name KAWS gave to her, as Tatum means: “Cheerful bringer of joy” and it fits her nature perfectly!


To Karin and all the volunteers and staff at KAWS we are so grateful for the work you do. We are in awe of your kindness, determination, patience, and expertise. Know that you are appreciated!


With much love,


An-Maree Nel and Minnie-Louw Joubert

Looking for unconditional love on Valentines Day?

Valentine’s Day is the day when people traditionally remind their loved one’s how much they mean to them … this can be done in a small way with a card, or with a bunch of flowers or in a huge way by getting engaged and buying your loved one a symbol of your unending and unconditional love!

February … the month of Unconditional Love

KAWS has decided to make February the month of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE and are asking YOU for help!!

Instead of buying your loved one a gift of a box of chocolates or a gift of an amazingly expensive bunch of red roses, why not spoil your loved one and in this way, help a dog or cat at KAWS have a better life, by opting to sponsor a dog or cat, for a year, in the name of your loved one?

Become a Sponsor … All you have to do is:

  1. Decide who you would like to sponsor, and you can do this, by having a look at our adoption brochure which you can find here.
  2. Decide how much you are able to sponsor the dog or cat per month by completing our bank debit order instruction which you will find here.
  3. Please mark your monthly debit order form clearly with the name of your chosen pet so that you may receive updates on your chosen pet. You will need to let KAWS have a copy of the debit order form with the pet’s details on so that we know who is being sponsored or simply pop us an email to with your details and “your” pet’s name.
  4. Celebrate Valentines Day knowing that you have supported a wonderful KAWS!

Pet Friendly Restaurants in and around Kleinmond

As we approach the Christmas season, more and more families are going on their annual holiday, and taking their pets along as well.
With this in mind, we have compiled a list of restaurants which are pet friendly allowing you to enjoy your holidays visiting restaurants together with your family and your fur baby.
The list which we compiled is by no means exhaustive and we would love to hear from you should you find other pet friendly restaurants, which we have not included in our list! We are particularly interested in restaurants in the Overberg.

Here is the list:

  • Gabrielskloof Restaurant (Caledon) 028 284 9865
  • Honingklip brewery and Restaurant (Botriver) 082 735 9865
  • Kabeljoe’s  (Kleinmond) 078 018 4788
  • Sandown Blues (Kleinmond) 082 566 4368
  • Pickle and Smoke (Kleinmond) 079 918 0381
  • Cup’a Cafe in the Yard (Kleinmond) 028 271 4609
  • Harbour Corner Restaurant (Kleinmond) 082 727 2102
  • Gringo’s Waterfront Saloon (Kleinmond) 083 448 2363
  • Dutchies Beach Restaurant (Hermanus) 028 314 1392
  • Burgundy Restaurant (Hermanus) 028 312 2800
  • The Milkwood (Onrus) 028 316 1516
  • Blue Gum Country Estate (Stanford) 028 341 0116
  • Fisherman’s Cottage (Hermanus) 028 312 3642
  • Madre’s Kitchen (Stanford) 028 341 064
  • Jack’s Cafe (Betty’s Bay) 083 554 7789

Wishing you all happy holidays from your KAWS team!



Paws Pad burns on dogs

It’s December and summer is in full swing! As responsible pet parents, this means that we should pay even closer attention to our pet’s needs. Of course we need to ensure that they have enough water at all times and also have shade where they can relax.  Paw pad burns are something which is very often overlooked but can cause severe pain and distress to your pet. It is thus vital to look out for paw pad burns on your pet when they are left outside or after they have been taken for a walk.

During peak summer, keep your pet’s walk as short as possible unless you are walking your dog in the early morning when it’s still cool, say before 09h00  and again, after 19h00 in the evening. This will ensure that your dog will firstly not overheat and suffer sun stroke, but will also ensure that his paws are fully protected!! We all know how hot it can be and how when we kick off our flip flops our feet burns and we can hardly walk on a hot pavement, now imagine that this is what a dog is faced with each time he has to go for a walk when it is super hot outdoors!! Where ever possible, during peak summer when the temperature gets to 30 degrees and more, try to keep your dog indoors, only letting him out for a toilet break!! Our pets can also suffer heat stroke which can be life threatening.

Please also make sure that after your braai that hot coals are not left accessible for your pet to accidentally walk on. Fire and chemical burns also account for a lot of dog paw pad injuries and this is something which can so easily be avoided!! We all know how awful it is when we have a blister on our foot, for  a dog this must be excruciating to have his paw pads burnt and then to have to walk on blisters as well!! If the blister ruptures this can also cause infection on your pets’ paw which is extremely painful for your pet. Should your pet have a paw pad burn or develop a blister, please take your dog to your nearest vet as soon as possible. The paw will most likely be bandaged and the dog will need to rest and of course, avoid hot surfaces.

To avoid these burns from happening, your dog should be getting them stronger throughout the year. To help do this you need to walk your dog on hard concrete surfaces throughout the rest of the year.

What does it mean to be a responsible pet owner

Owning a pet is a hugely rewarding experience but it comes with responsibilities as well.

Deciding to take on a puppy or a kitten is a responsibility for at least 15 or more years, and one needs to be totally clear in making this decision because it is a commitment for that pet’s lifetime.

The first responsibility which has to be assumed is choosing the correct pet for your lifestyle. Clearly if you are live in a one bedroom flat and work from 7am till 19h00, a husky is not going to be the right mix for you, in fact, you may rather feel comfortable getting a goldfish who is not demanding, or maybe a cat who prefers to be alone to snooze 22 out of 24 hours a day!! However, if you live in a house with a garden, and you work from home, then maybe a husky is the right mix for you provided of course you have double fencing and 2m high walls since huskies are known to be escape artists. Then again, maybe a Labrador, or a great Africanis mix may be the right one for you!! So the point is: decide on what kind of lifestyle you have, how many hours a day you can devote to your pet, are you able to go for walks with your dog, or maybe a cat is better suited to you as you want a companion on your lap to watch tv with you, and you don’t see yourself going for walks etc!

So now you have recognised that owning a pet takes a commitment as well as a financial investment as well!! What’s next?

As a responsible pet owner, we need to not only make sure that our pets have access to clean water and to good healthy food, but it also means that we have to take responsibility for their health as well.

Sterilisation is a huge issue all over the world, and an unsterilized pet runs the risk of not only bringing more and more pets into the world but it means that your pet’s health is at risk each and every time that they have to bring puppies or kittens into the world.

Animal Welfare organisations throughout the world are faced with the results of an unsterilized pet on a daily basis, having to find homes for those unwanted puppies and kittens.

One also needs to recognise that preventative care is equally important, and by this one needs to make sure that the pet has annual vaccinations and that parasites are controlled as well with a quarterly worm tablet!!

Proper socialisation and training will also ensure that your vets bills are reduced as your pet will listen to your command and not just go dashing off, possibly getting run over, or into a dog fight!

Providing mental stimulation for your dog or cat is equally important. Not only does this stop your dog from endlessly destroying your furniture out of sheer boredom but it can create a tighter bond between you and your dog when you play together!!

Stay tuned for more pet related articles from your KAWS team!


Approaching the Xmas season with your pet.

We are about to enter the silly season , and that means that if you are going away, please make sure that your dog or cat has been booked into a suitable kennel or cattery. If you decide to leave your pet at home with a neighbour or pet sitter looking after your pet, please also make sure that the person you are entrusting your animal too, is somebody who is responsible and not somebody who is going to forget to feed and provide fresh water for your pet. A responsible pet sitter will ensure that your pet has company during the day, and that your dog is walked at least twice a day, and that the littler box for your cat is also cleaned on a daily basis. Pets need to have companionship too, so it’s not about just rushing in and feeding and watering, it’s about providing that loving touch, patting your dog, throwing a ball for him, and spending some time playing with your cat as well. Provide your pet sitter with the name and telephone number of your vet so that in the event that your pet takes ill, your pet sitter will know how to contact your vet.

Prior to going away, make sure that your pet sitter and your pet are well acquainted with each other. Get your pet sitter to join you prior to you going away, on walks with your dog, so that your dog and your pet sitter get used to each other. Don’t just assume that all pet sitters will be compatible with your dog! Make sure that not only are you happy with your pet sitter but that your pet is happy with his or her sitter as well. The last thing you want is to receive a distraught call from your pet sitter refusing to continue to look after your pet when you are 500 km’s away enjoying your hard earned break!

A little bit of home work before hand will make for an enjoyable holiday for you and for a happy pet as well.

There are many organisations out there who offer professional pet sitting services.

Here are a few links which may assist you in your search:

Stay tuned for more pet related articles from your KAWS team!




Hill’s Transforming Lives Campaign

Help Us Win with Hill’s Transforming Lives Campaign

Hill’s Pet Nutrition has launched an exciting competition – – in which you can win amazing prizes and also help us and other animal charities and shelters.

Simply go to the website and share your own story about how Hill’s food has transformed your pet’s life. If you don’t have a story to share (or don’t have a pet) you can simply like or share some of the stories already on the website. There are some incredible ‘tails’, it’s really worth a visit for all animal lovers.

Each month 10 winners will be randomly selected. They receive a shopping voucher worth R3, 000 (for Woolworths or Takealot) and can nominate their favourite registered animal NPO/charity to receive R3,000 of Hill’s pet food. That’s R30, 000 of Hill’s food being given away each month, from now until end December.

Even more excitingly, in January 2018 one main winner will be chosen to win a Grand Holiday Prize worth R50 000 and R50 000 for their chosen charity (in either cash or Hill’s food).
Each time you share your story, persuade a friend to share their story, or like / share a story on the site that has touched your heart, you receive an entry into the competition.

We would love you to participate and nominate us as your chosen charity (if you are lucky enough to be selected as one of the 60+ winners).  Please spread the word and increase the chance of us benefitting from these wonderful prizes.

The full t&c’s for the competition can be found here.


KAWS Cadets programme

On Tuesdays we visit the Gr. 3’s and 4’s from the KidsCan! aftercare centre, a youth development project located in Kleinmond. The children can’t wait for their pet care lessons which form part of developing their Life Orientation Skills. They even have to write exams and pass at the end of the year to qualify as KAWS cadets.

Colby’s story

I’m a lucky dog and this is how it all started!

About a year ago my mom decided to go for a daily walk and to take a walking companion with her from KAWS.  I was the lucky one chosen to go with her!

In no time at all we had become firm companions, easily recognisable from afar. My mom with her hat pulled low over her eyes, her red walking stick and me close on her heels.

In summer we walk on the beach and she has taught me not to be afraid of the waves.  I’m quite brave but still very careful and don’t go in too deep.  When it’s not too hot she sometimes takes me for a long walk up Jean’s Hill.

Now, that is quite a thrill! So many new smells and the view from up there, over our village, is quite spectacular. I know this because she rubs my ears and tells me to look at the beauty around us.  The other day I fell into the weir just above the golf course and couldn’t get out.  My mom was so brave and very quickly came to rescue me.

Recently my mom’s beloved kitty passed away and she decided to take me home for week-ends at first but now I am living with my mom and dad as a foster ‘kid’.

At first it was a little strange not to be at KAWS amongst all the noise and activity of the many dogs that live there.  But, I have a very cosy bed, delicious food, special treats and, most of all, an abundance of love.  I know how much she loves me because she calls me her ‘dog-a-log’!

I also know that I can go anywhere with my mom because I trust that she will not let anything bad happen to me. She always takes a bottle of cool water for me when we are on our walks.

So, while I think I’m a lucky dog, my mom has told me how lucky and privileged she is to have me in her life!